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Today, we’re taking about President Trump’s new proposal on his signature issue: immigration reform. In January, Trump put forward a surprising new immigration plan, which would some expected things, like build a wall. But it would also provide a path to citizenship for nearly 2 million children brought here illegally by their parents: the so-called DACA children. It would eliminate the phenomenon of “anchor babies”—children born here to gain citizenship for their parents—and replace family-based chain migration with a merit-based system focused on economic skills.
The plan has been denounced by some on the left and the right, but it has also been praised in some unexpected quarters. Who’s right? To help us answer these questions, we turn to the most influential immigration scholar in America, Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies.
Mark Krikorian joins Michael Graham for a bonus podcast to react to the new amnesty deal coming from the White House. “It’s time to burn your #MAGA hats,” the long-time immigration-enforcement activist says. “Burn it and put it on Twitter so President Trump will see it.”
Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, lays out all the flaws in the White House plan, including it’s open door to at least 4 million more immigrants via chain migration, which would take another 17 years.
Yes, we discuss that phrase, but no, we don’t say the word. Instead, we do a deep dive on immigration with two of the sharpest minds on the issue: the Center for Immigration Studies’s Mark Krikorian and our good pal Mickey Kaus. Dig in.
Music from this week’s podcast: Dreamer by Super Tramp
Today’s podcast is full of sh*t—no really, if you have small kids in the car while you’re listening, you may want to put on the headphones.
Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies on the policy of President Trump’s bleep-hole nations comments, plus the legendary RadioBlogger, Duane Patterson, on the reaction from the American Right
In this special sneak-preview of Friday’s “Michael in the Morning” podcast, Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies talks about Trump’s “s—hole” comment, the current state of the DACA debate and why, no matter what Trump says, it’s all but certain Democrats will never make a deal.
Whenever immigration rises to the top of the national agenda, we like to call on the best guys we know on the topic, Mickey Kaus and Mark Krikorian. We do a deep dive into the Dreamers, DACA, and The Wall. Also, that deal with Chuck and Nancy, Rob defends Betsy DeVos, and James remembers a dog named Scout.
Music from this week’s podcast: Bodhisattva by Steely Dan
Let it never be said that this show does not go out of its way to present all points of view on the issues. This week, not one, but two guests from the pro-Trump side of the aisle. First up, Heather Higgins, whose post My Money Is on a Trump Victory has been quoted far and wide. Will she be able to convince the non-Trump supporting podcasters on this show to support the Republican nominee for President? You’ll have to tune in to find out. Then, The Center for Immigration Studies’ Mark Krikorian joins to discuss the upcoming NFL season. No, of course not. He’s here to discuss immigration, Trump, Mexico, and that darn wall and who will pay for it. ¡Ay Caramba!
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