Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Trump is right on refugee reforms

For years I have advocated a new refugee system in which refugees would be resettled in those countries nearest to their home countries, not only geographically but in culture, religion and living standard. The resettlement would be financed through a fund paid into by the wealthier nations.

The advantages of such a system is that it would cut the numbers of those claiming to be refugees (as there would be no incentive for economic migrants to claim to be refugees) and it would also allow most easily for assimilation, both for the refugees themselves as well as the host nation.

Donald Trump gave a speech recently to the United Nations in which he advocated similar reforms:
We seek an approach to refugee resettlement that is designed to help these horribly treated people and which enables their eventual return to their home countries to be part of the rebuilding process. For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region.

Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region and we support recent agreements of the G20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. This is the safe, responsible, and humanitarian approach. For decades the United States has dealt with migration challenges here in the Western Hemisphere.

We have learned that over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries. For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms. For the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are born overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.

Here is footage of President Trump addressing the U.N. on this issue:


  1. Mr. Richardson

    I got a thrill hearing President Trump talk about your ideas at the UN, maybe he's a reader?

    It was great to hear a serious proposal being put forward by such a major figure in such a forum, lets hope it is the wave of the future.

    Mark Moncrieff
    Upon Hope Blog - A Traditional Conservative Future

    1. Don't think President Trump is a reader, but I was very pleasantly surprised to hear him advocate for the reforms to the U.N - I only wish this kind of thing happened more often!

  2. Too bad that what Trump says and what he does are two different things, cf. DACA...

    1. Too bad that what Trump says and what he does are two different things

      So how's that wall coming along? I guess it must be just about completed by now.

  3. Only the wall that Trump's erstwhile supporters are banging their heads against...

  4. There's never been a politician or anyone else elected to high office, who didn't lie through his hat, and promise the moon. Politicians are by definition liars, hypocrites, frauds and thieves. It a matter of degree and constituency. Everyone lies. Everyone enjoys their benefits.
    An actual wall; an impenetrable, unscaleable wall, standing unbroken but for secure gates, along the full length of the 1,933 mile U.S.-Mexican border was never realistically expected, not by anyone that I know. Growing quickly, the existing short sections of walls and fences and monitors, is all that I ever expected.
    This month, the U. S. DHS ATTEMPTS to waive a host of laws in order to begin construction of a new wall near Calexico, California; bypassing the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act,...and more than a dozen others.
    Trump expected policy help. He didn't expect his own lying Republican majority to be "the wall" between him and his policy promises. He can be criticized for being naive and unrealistic, but not for not trying, and certainly not for somehow being POTUS during the most dramatic decrease in illegal crossings, in modern U.S. history: Illegal crossings are said to be down, immediately after Trump's election. Was it something he said?
    A Bing search for "illegal border crossings since Trump elected", shows only claims of dramatic decreases; down 93%, down 76%, 75%, 70%, 40%... I see not one claim of increases.
    Everyone's a genius but the idiot Trump.