Gentleman’s Quarterly, known colloquially as GQ, is a fashion magazine. It provides penetrating analysis in pieces like, “Buy the J. Crew Nike that Always Sells Out – While You Still Can” and “Gucci’s Latest Chunky Running Sneaker Is Alessandro Michele’s Loudest One Yet.” But it should probably stick to providing advice about what shoes are hip this season. Because its reporters and editorial staff clearly know nothing about immigration.
GQ recently published a piece titled, “Waging War on Documented Immigrants,” which makes the preposterous claim that, “The Trump administration is trying to deport as many people as possible, even if they’re here legally.”
“We only need to look at how they’re treating law-abiding, documented immigrants to know that they don’t draw a distinction between criminals and everyone else,” claims the newsletter of today’s fashion-forward male.
They’re also upset that the Trump administration has rescinded the TPS designations previously granted to populations from Nepal, El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, and now Honduras.
GQ whines, “That’s hundreds of thousands of people whom the White House has essentially marked for deportation, exposing them to the abuse and dehumanization that’s now become synonymous with ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement].”
Of course, what the clothes horses over at GQ don’t seem to understand is that TPS was never intended to be a backdoor to permanent residence of any kind. It was enacted for the administrative convenience of the United States, as a limited measure to temporarily defer the removal of people whose deportation wasn’t practical due to chaotic conditions in their home country.
Therefore, it’s neither wrong nor immoral to withdraw an explicitly temporary status from foreign nationals, just because they’d prefer to stay here. And there’s nothing dehumanizing or abusive about ICE enforcing American immigration laws.
Perhaps, after the next fashion extravaganza in Paris, the GQ editorial staff should insist on their right to remain in France because they’re dissatisfied with the Trump administration? (It’s safe to say that wouldn’t end well for GQ’s haute couture scribes.)
But clearly, the fashion police are using a different type of law enforcement logic. GQ claims that arguments regarding the temporary nature of TPS are,” bunk because we could just make the temporary [protection]permanent.” Mmm…sure. And we could also eliminate drunk driving by making it legal to operate a motor vehicle when totally soused. But that approach eliminates any consideration of why we outlawed the conduct in the first place. And it makes a mockery of the law, the same way immigration amnesties do.
While the buffoonery that GQ is peddling as hard news is shocking, what’s really amazing is that a publication that is supposedly dedicated to keeping its finger on the pulse of American fashion, style, and culture could miss this essential fact: Immigration enforcement is the “in thing” this year. And Donald Trump predicted the trend. That’s a large part of what put him in the White House.