Oh No! President Trump Has Angered the Fashion Police!

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.

Huh? Apparently, the Zoolander contingent is miffed that President Trump has decided to end, “Temporary Protected Status [TPS] for more than 50,000 Hondurans living in the U.S. since the late ’90s.”

They’re also upset that the Trump administration has rescinded the TPS designations previously granted to populations from Nepal, El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, and now Honduras.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.


About Author


Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.

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    Soros needs to either go to jail or go in front of a firing squad. He should be in jail for attempting to over throw our government. TAKE ALL HIS MONEY… USE IT AGAINST HIM.