The reason why what is going on in the US with Donald Trump and the southern border wall is important for Australia is because it’s the very same mindset at work in Labor and The Greens and I suspect elements of the Liberals Party.
For some while I’ve been hammering the point that the left are in favour of open borders because it gifts them a ready made, off the shelf, imported, mendicant, social welfare client and voter support base.
And of course as you will read below in the cut and paste and in the body of the story at the link, for reasons of cheap labour, in the US at least, big business is on the scam as well. How The Democrats Lost Their Way On Immigration
In the US or Australia, THAT is what this is all about. Importing or in fact, replacing a voter base which has got Labor and the Greens figured out, as Richo so often says.
Just as in the natural world where predatory animals un-sentimentally cover their teeth and claws with the blood of their prey as they kill and eat them, so it is in the blood sport of politics.
It’s a crocodile death roll with no consideration or concern whatsoever as to the future of the nation. It is about raw power.
And as in the natural world, it too, is red in tooth and claw.
“…In 2008, the Democratic platform called undocumented immigrants “our neighbors.” But it also warned, “We cannot continue to allow people to enter the United States undetected, undocumented, and unchecked,” adding that “those who enter our country’s borders illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of the law.”
By 2016, such language was gone. The party’s platform described America’s immigration system as a problem, but not illegal immigration itself. And it focused almost entirely on the forms of immigration enforcement that Democrats opposed.
In its immigration section, the 2008 platform referred three times to people entering the country “illegally.” The immigration section of the 2016 platform didn’t use the word illegal, or any variation of it, at all.
Now everyone agrees and is passionate and thinks very little about any potential downsides.”
How did this come to be?
A larger explanation is political. Between 2008 and 2016, Democrats became more and more confident that the country’s growing Latino population gave the party an electoral edge. To win the presidency, Democrats convinced themselves, they didn’t need to reassure white people skeptical of immigration so long as they turned out their Latino base. “The fastest-growing sector of the American electorate stampeded toward the Democrats this November,” Salon declared after Obama’s 2008 win. “If that pattern continues, the GOP is doomed to 40 years of wandering in a desert.”
As the Democrats grew more reliant on Latino votes, they were more influenced by pro-immigrant activism.
Alongside pressure from pro-immigrant activists came pressure from corporate America, especially the Democrat-aligned tech industry, which uses the H-1B visa program to import workers. In 2010, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with the CEOs of companies including Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, Disney, and News Corporation, formed New American Economy to advocate for business-friendly immigration policies. Three years later, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates helped found FWD.us to promote a similar agenda.