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A Note to One of My Many anti-Trump Friends

Posted on the 16 March 2016 by Mikelumish @IsraelThrives
Michael L.
I just received an email from a buddy of mine highlighting Donald Trump's alleged racism.
The note pointed to this recent comment by the Donald:
When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
I am not an advocate for Trump and have no intention of becoming one anytime in the near future... not if I want my marriage to survive! Nor have I ever spoken-up concerning Latino immigration into the United States.
This is my response to my friend:
Trump's foot is permanently wedged in his face.
I am continually amazed at how thoroughly stupid intelligent people can be.
Immigration is a big issue in this country and it needs to be addressed in an intelligent fashion. We have to acknowledge in our conversations around this issue that there are different types of immigrants and, frankly, some types are more desirable than others.
For example, many immigrants into the US from India or the Far East tend to be students or professionals. We welcome these people with open arms because they are usually good and productive citizens. Now, I have never been opposed to Latino immigration into the US because they're basically just poor people trying to improve their living standards. Nonetheless, I understand why conservatives in places like southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas are very concerned about Latino immigration because while it brings benefits, like inexpensive labor and good food, it also brings crime and gang activity.
In fact, one thing that most Americans have no idea about is that some Latino gangs that are formed in the US actually reestablish themselves in their countries of origin much to the dismay of the local authorities. But much of the US is Latino land to begin with and, just as importantly, their kids assimilate.
I, myself, am only a second-generation American. My father was born in the Ukraine, but we are both fully assimilated Americans and damn happy to be Americans, I tell ya.
What worries me, though, as you know, is the current wave of Arab and North African immigration. The reason that I look with disfavor upon that immigration is because Political Islam is a widespread and growing violently anti-Semitic political movement that I have absolutely no interest in having get near Jews anywhere in the world, particularly my own home. Polling has shown that rates of anti-Jewish racism in the Middle East runs from the upper-70s percentile to the mid-90s percentile among Palestinian-Arabs.
One thing that Trump said, in his typically blunt fashion, is that Muslim entry into the US should cease, or be highly limited, until we figure out just who is coming into the country, or something along those lines, because he wants to keep Jihadis out of the United States. I found that statement unfortunate because nobody wants to keep some Muslim grandmother from Great Britain from visiting her grand-kids in Michigan. Nor do we want to prevent a Muslim surgeon in Toronto from traveling to Manhattan for the purpose of conducting an operation. He was simply lacking in nuance.
But I don't want Jihadis here any more than I would like to see additional Klansmen or Nazis. All one has to do is open one's eyes to what is going on in Germany and Sweden to make a reasonable assessment of what the great wave of Arab-Muslim immigration into that part of the world means to the indigenous population.
The Swedes and the Germans - in their self-flagellating white guilt - often blame themselves for the behavior of their guests.
I think that is a mistake.
Much like Jewish people they tend to think that if only they were nicer then these folk would be nicer to them.
As anyone who went to an American high school can tell you, it doesn't always work that way.

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