In NY Times op-ed, Sen. Tom Cotton argues for less legal immigration
Ever since Donald Trump nominated Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be the next Attorney General, all of you/us immigration reductionists have been wondering who could/would pick up his baton and truly lead the Senate fight AGAINST immigration expansionism and FOR less immigration.
We may have found the answer this week in the New York Times.
An op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) eloquently made the case for immigration policy serving the interests of Americans who work hard and play by the rules, rather than helping the affluent live even more comfortable lives. And then Cotton wrote these magic words:
"THAT MEANS A LARGE REDUCTION IN LEGAL IMMIGRATION"
There have been lots of Senators who proclaim the need to get ILLEGAL immigration under control.
But few have clearly stated the need for LEGAL reductions, and certainly not the way Sen. Sessions has done in scores of speeches, media interviews, press releases, op-eds and position papers over the last decade.
Every other suggestion on changing immigration policy has far more meaning and far more promise for the average American when placed in the context that the overall immigration numbers have to be reduced.
Our Jim Robb sent you an email yesterday noting that unless immigration laws are changed soon, they are set to add another 45 million immigrants with lifetime work permits by 2050. (That comes from Pew Research.) Sen. Cotton has boldly laid down his marker in the New York Times that the 45 million number cannot be allowed to happen.
Sen. Cotton explained:
Read our Van Esser's news story with key excerpts from the Cotton op-ed.
COMBAT PLATOON LEADER
There is little in Cotton's background to cast doubt on whether he has the courage to back his convictions.
An Arkansas farm boy who earned undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard, he soon left the comfort of a law firm to enlist in the U.S. Army in 2005. Instead of accepting a commission in the legal corps, he entered at the corporal rank and worked his way into a commission as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry.
Wikepedia states that in Iraq, "he led a 41-man air assault infantry plattoon in the 50th Infantry Regiment, and planned and performed daily combat patrols." He later served in Afghanistan during his five years of active duty.
A VICTOR OVER RYAN ON GANG OF 8 AMNESTY
In 2013, his very first year in the U.S. House of Representatives, Cotton went toe to toe with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). It was in a closed-door meeting of House Republicans to discuss what to do with the Gang of Eight amnesty and legal immigration doubling that the Senate had passed.
Ryan stood at one podium arguing for the Gang of Eight. At the other podium was Cotton, a freshman of only six months, arguing our side -- the people's side -- including what were described as "terse" exchanges with Speaker Boehner.
The majority of House Republicans sided with the young Cotton, who even today is only 39. The Gang of Eight giant immigration expansion was never brought up in the House of Representatives.
In 2014, Cotton defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Pryor who had severely weakened his standing in the state by supporting the Gang of Eight after opposing amnesties in earlier years.
Now only a second-year Senator, Cotton's decision to put himself out front so publicly in the New York Times this week is an indication that he wants to be seen as somebody who will carry the populist immigration torch for Pres.-elect Trump -- as well as hold Sen. Sessions' baton -- in the Senate.
We will be watching closely for actions that prove that to be true. And wouldn't it be nice if several Senators had enough courage of these same convictions to want to compete for the torch and baton?
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