Tucker chatted up a liberal radio host from Los Angeles, Ethan Bearman, who was quite chipper about continuing the import of foreign workers. Interestingly, automation came up and Tucker connected the dots. He didn’t say “Automation makes immigration obsolete” but pretty close!
ETHAN BEARMAN: I want people out of the shadows, so they’re not abused and they’re not subjugated by unscrupulous people who take advantage of them while they’re here working. By the way, one of the advantages of a long term change here with increased minimum wages is you’re gonna see Silicon Valley fill that void. John Deere just bought a huge company — it was over three hundred million dollars, to buy a company that makes the lettuce bot to automate some of that so there are long term trends that are happening here as well, but why are why do we want to be as mean as possible?
TUCKER CARLSON: I like immigrants, I actually really do. I grew up in California. I like them. But I think our primary responsibility is to Americans, but I wonder as a macro question, if we’re automating a lot of these jobs — and you just said we’re going to — why do we need 1.1. million legal low-skilled workers every year and an unknown but high number of illegal ones? What’s the point, what are they gonna do exactly? If jobs are going away, why are we importing all these people? Has anyone ever stopped to ask that question?
In fact, smart farm machines have been coming on strong for a long time, and the advances in ag technology are making human farm laborers a thing of the past. When a farmer can rent a robot weeding machine for $300/month, why would he bother with a crew of Mexicans? The future of farming is automated — along with many other industries.
Now, back to the larger subject of Trump’s List. NumbersUSA has a simplified enumeration, excerpted immediately below. The voluminous entire list follows that.
WH Immigration Principles Call for Ending Chain Migration & Mandatory E-Verify, October 8, 2017Here in the Scribd format is the whole 70-item thing.
BORDER SECURITY: Build a southern border wall and close legal loopholes that enable illegal immigration and swell the court backlog.
• Fund and complete construction of the southern border wall.
• Authorize the Department of Homeland Security to raise and collect fees from visa services and border-crossings
• Fund border security and enforcement activities.
• Ensure the safe and expeditious return of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and family units.
• End abuse of our asylum system by tightening standards, imposing penalties for fraud, and ensuring detention while claims are verified.
• Remove illegal border crossers quickly by hiring an additional 370 Immigration Judges and 1,000 ICE attorneys.
• Discourage illegal re-entry by enhancing penalties and expanding categories of inadmissibility.
• Improve expedited removal.
• Increase northern border security.
INTERIOR ENFORCEMENT: Enforce our immigration laws and return visa overstays.
• Protect innocent people in sanctuary cities.
• Authorize and incentivize States and localities to help enforce Federal immigration laws.
• Strengthen law enforcement by hiring 10,000 more ICE officers and 300 Federal prosecutors.
• End visa overstays by establishing reforms to ensure their swift removal.
• Stop catch-and-release by correcting judicial actions that prevent ICE from keeping dangerous aliens in custody pending removal and expanding the criteria for expedited removal.
• Prevent gang members from receiving immigration benefits.
• Protect U.S. workers by requiring E-Verify and strengthening laws to stop employment discrimination against U.S. workers.
• Improve visa security by expanding State Department’s authority to combat visa fraud, ensuring funding of the Visa Security Program, and expanding it to high-risk posts.
MERIT-BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM: Establish reforms that protect American workers and promote financial success.
• End extended-family chain migration by limiting family-based green cards to include spouses and minor children.
• Establish a points-based system for green cards to protect U.S. workers and taxpayers.