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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tom Cotton fights legal immigration. I see it at work.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 7:57 AM

click to enlarge HOT SPOT: A day in Clarksville exposed me to free city Wi-Fi and a taste of the legal immigration that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton wants to slash.
  • HOT SPOT: A day in Clarksville exposed me to free city Wi-Fi and a taste of the legal immigration that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton wants to slash.

Politico reports
that U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is working with Donald Trump aide Stephen Miller on legislation to slash legal immigration to the United States. Emphasis LEGAL immigration.

Trump plans to get behind a bill being introduced later this summer by GOP Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia that, if signed into law, would, by 2027, slash in half the number of legal immigrants entering the country each year, according to four people familiar with the conversations. Currently, about 1 million legal immigrants enter the country annually; that number would fall to 500,000 over the next decade.

The senators have been working closely with Stephen Miller, a senior White House official known for his hawkish stance on immigration. The issue is also a central priority for Steve Bannon, the president's chief strategist, who has several promises to limit immigration scribbled on the walls of his office.

Nice guys.

Politico was favored with a comment from Cotton's similarly pleasant press spokesperson.

"Sen. Cotton knows that being more deliberate about who we let into our country will raise working-class wages, which is why an overwhelming majority of Americans support it. He and Sen. Perdue are working with President Trump to fix our immigration system so that instead of undercutting American workers, it will support them and their livelihoods," said Caroline Rabbitt, a Cotton spokeswoman.

The nation of immigrants, having climbed the ladder, has some who want to pull the ladder away from others. This is against plenty of evidence that immigration is good for America. Though, gee, lots of them turn out to vote Democrat when they attain citizenship for some reason or another.

Related point. I spent a morning in a circuit courtroom in Clarksville yesterday in the company of my wife, who was substituting for a local judge on the day's docket of domestic cases. Two cases involved families of Burmese background (though the ethnic background was even more arcane and required an interpreter from Minnesota) who'd come to America to work in the poultry industry. Others in the courtroom, by name and appearance, reflected Latino backgrounds.

I bring up my brush with immigration in Arkansas also as an opportunity to praise the forward-looking city utility in Clarksville, which recently embarked on a solar power generating project with former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. I stayed in touch with the world and blog courtesy of the free city Wi-Fi provided through a hot spot that covered the courthouse. Several in the Burmese families were sitting outside when we arrived, logged in and tapping on cell phones, as they awaited the morning court proceedings.

What a wonderful world, I thought. Tom Cotton might take exception.

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