A fascinating thing is how much the 2016 debate over immigration is hinging on the issue of whether or not the American public has a right to set immigration policy, with Trump being widely denounced for taking the extremist stance that American citizens should get a say in who immigrates.
For example, from CNN here’s a spontaneous response to Trump’s immigration speech last Wednesday:
SELLERS: … But Donald Trump’s thesis tonight, I mean, a lot of the things that he said, I mean, they just have to offend the common notion of America.[Comment at Unz.com]
Just one line. He says that we want to develop an immigration system to choose immigrants based on merits, skill and proficiency.
SELLERS: I mean, what about those people who come over and may not have — they may not have — it may not all of the different attributes or may just be coming for just to actually learn how to start a small business or find a job and do all of those things.
BORGER: Is that extreme vetting?
LEMON: I want to…
SELLERS: That’s extreme. That’s not America. …
LEMON: Yes. Hey, listen, I need Bakari to respond to this as a Democrat on panel. Because you mentioned this, chooms [probably meant "choose," but, who knows, Lemon may have meant "chooms"] immigrants based on merits, skill and proficiency. And someone a viewer e-mailed me and said — and said, “Is he talking about choosing people base on merit? Not of my poor Irish labor ancestors would have made it.”
SELLERS: I mean, no. I mean, I think it’s absurd and it should have been the notion of common decency and what it means to be an American.