Nails It: Immigration Policy Is about Picking Winners

A blog effectively takes the ethnic advocacy network’s opposition to eliminating the so-called Visa Lottery to task, calling their arguments “equal parts stupid and noxious.” In particular, they cite a statement by Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) asserting that our immigration policy has no business picking and choosing immigrants based on any objective assessment of which ones are most likely to benefit our nation.

For the record, FAIR strongly supports elimination of the Visa Lottery but opposes the STEM Jobs Act cited in the RedState blog for very different reasons than Rep. Gutierrez. Nevertheless, we applaud the folks at RedState for pointing out the obvious: Choosing people who are best equipped to succeed in our country is precisely the purpose of our immigration policy – or at least it should be.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    I’d like to lodge a complaint the next time someone says we’re a “Nation of Immigrants.” I say that we are a nation of primarily Americans, and 20 million illegal aliens. I must confess too that I don’t know what I am. My family was here before the Revolutionary War, so I guess we were pre-citizens. That’s what the dems think illegals are.

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      Tired of illegal aliens on

      Google “America is not a nation of immigrants” for some good talking points and counters to the “we are a nation of immigrants” crowd…

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    Gutierrez needs to study his history. Immigration to this country was always about whether the immigrant would contribute to the country. People were turned around at Ellis Island if they were felt to be a burden on society. Gutierrez wants to continue our policies of the last few decades. That is, allow in more Latinos when many end up costing this country far more than they will ever contribute in taxes. How much clearer could this guy make it that he doesn’t care about the country or it’s average citizens. It’s all ethnic pandering to him. The perfect example of why it’s futile, and counter productive, for Republicans to attempt to pursue these people politically..

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      softwarengineer on

      My Grandfater Immigrated LEGALLY to America in 1890

      There was 63M in America at that time. He moved to N Dakota, was there anyone living there then?

      What has 63M in 1890 and a 300M+ today American population have in comparison to justify immigration today? Absolutely nothing.

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        You’re exactly right. The “Nation of immigrants” crowd totally neglects the fact that this country has changed a bit in the past 150 years. What sense does it make to bring in a crop of new workers — legal or not — when we’ve got so many unemployed here? The common response that “Americans won’t do those jobs” couldn’t be any more racist.

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      Gutierrez is a valueless worthless landscape worker that conned some real dumb people with white skin, and some more people with brown skin to make him some money. Hey look this guy is drawing a congressman paycheck, and when and if we can dump his no good worthless behind he will live off an over inflated pension. Hell they all are getting more then their worth we must be looked at as if we were toothless old dogs. Like someone said before “I’m glad I wouldn’t live to see this crap.”