The Dumb Statist is at it again.
The New York Times sets the scene:
President Trump on Thursday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and African countries, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” rather than people from places like Norway, according to people with direct knowledge of the conversation.In other words, Trump is on the right-wing central planning committee, versus the left-wing central planning committee.
Mr. Trump’s remarks left members of Congress attending the meeting in
the Cabinet Room alarmed and mystified. They were there discussing an emerging bipartisan deal to give legal status to immigrants illegally brought to the United States as children, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity without authorization to discuss the explosive proceedings of the private meeting.
When Mr. Trump heard that Haitians were among those who would benefit, he asked if they could be left out of the plan, according to the people familiar with the conversation, asking, “Why do we want people from Haiti here?”...
When the discussion turned to African nations, the people with knowledge of the conversation added, Mr. Trump asked why he would want “all these people from shithole countries,” adding that the United States should admit more people from places like Norway.
I have written many times that although I believe racism is goofy. I really don't care who others want to associate with or not, or who they want to ban from their properties. Personally, I think it is nutty to ban someone based on their color or the fact that they may come from a "shithole" country but I am not big about intruding on other people's tastes and desires as long as they are not intruding on my tastes and desires.
But the Stable Genius does not think this way, he wants to central plan everything in America. He wants to intrude everywhere.
He asks, “Why do we want people from Haiti here?" What is this "we" all about? Maybe some people want Haitians here to do work, likely dirty work.
Once more, here is my video discussing why many may want immigrants to do the dirty work.
And as far as Norwegians, in the late 1800s, they were in many ways viewed the way Trump views Haitians today.
Terje Birkedal writes in the Norwegian-American:
[I]n the 1880s when the United States started experiencing a rising xenophobia as immigration by all groups, including Norwegians, was on a steep upswing. Suspicion of foreigners continued to increase into the 1890s and then grew to a feverish intensity in the first two decades of the 20th century. American xenophobic nativism reached its peak just after World War I and then began to slowly ebb during the rest of the century.And Sons of Norway report on Norwegian immigrants of the 1800s:
In the 1880s many states began passing laws that banned the use of foreign languages in the schools or even in places of worship. Norwegians and Germans joined their voices in protesting the Wisconsin Bennett Law of 1889, which required that courses in the schools could only be taught in English. Many Norwegian communities of the time had schools where Norwegian was the main language of instruction. In the late 19th century, Norwegian immigrants also found out they could not get some of the basic services that were offered to native-born Americans, like life insurance. This is one reason behind the founding of Sons of Norway in 1895. As a fraternal organization, Sons of Norway offered insurance and financial assistance in times of need to Norwegian immigrants who could not otherwise obtain protection.
Politicians and “yellow journalism” newspapers particularly attacked Norwegian-language newspapers and magazines as veiled engines of anti-Americanism...
During this period many Norwegians changed their names to appear more American (for example, from “Thorstensen” to “Thompson”). A number of the Norwegian-language publications, if not shut down by the government, lost their readers and went out of business...
Like other immigrant groups throughout history, Nordics were selected for the most difficult and dangerous jobs that other workers didn’t want. Specifically, Norwegian immigrants worked in shipping, fishing and logging; later many Finish immigrants found work in the logging camps and mines of Northern Minnesota and Michigan; and a mainly Swedish workforce in Minnesota built James J Hill’s railroad empire. In fact, Hill, a legendary tycoon, was so fond of his cheap Swedish workforce he once said of them, “Give me snuff, whiskey and Swedes and I can damn well build a railroad down to hell.” Some native-born Americans viewed the new workers from across the sea with resentment, calling them “squareheads” or “scandihoovians.”No libertarian should celebrate Trump's shithole country comment. It is about how he desires right-wing central planning versus the central planning of the left. Libertarians should be in favor of any immigration where immigrants have a place to go on private property---and they should be prevented from having access to government services. The shithole comment is just crude Trump unfamiliar with the history of why people immigrate, even the immigration of his beloved Norwegians.
Then, in the period around World War I America was stricken by a pandemic of anti-immigrant hysteria. Immigrants of all nationalities were ridiculed in public and the press by intolerant “nativists” who felt that America belonged only to them...[In] Duluth, Minnesota, in 1918. A group of vigilantes calling themselves the “Knights of Liberty” lynched a Finnish man, Olli Kinkkonen, from a tree in Duluth’s Lester Park, just blocks from where I grew up. Believing him to be an anti-war agitator the mob dragged Kinkkonen from a boarding house, tarred and feathered him, then hung him from a tree.
Oh, and btw, the current per capita GDP of Norway is twice that of where Trump's wife is originally from, Slovenia.
Like I said, Trump is a dumb statist.
Trump’s own club employs lots of Haitians... it applied to bring more last summer.— Heather Long (@byHeatherLong) January 12, 2018
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club employs dozens of foreign workers, primarily from 2 countries: Haiti and Romania https://t.co/goxr5qs98H