On Wednesday's Ross Kaminsky Show:
This is an incredible moment in politics:
Is this just business or is this politics?
Have you ever boycotted a company because of politics? For any other reason?
The Ross Report:
It was an interesting day in American politics yesterday, particularly the politics of immigration. On the West Coast, three judges heard arguments for and against Donald Trump’s executive order restricting travel from seven Muslim countries.
Frankly, the lawyer for Washington State did a better job than the lawyer for the Department of Justice, representing the Trump administration who should have repeatedly made the point that it is simply not the job of courts to second-guess the reasoning or motivation of the president of the United States when exercising his constitutionally authorized power to protect national security.
It’s unwise to try to predict the outcome, but I’ll hazard a wild guess: The judges will rule that people already in, or returning to, the United States should be treated differently than those who are coming here for the first time.
At about the same time that the hearing was happening, Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, announced that he was sponsoring legislation to massively curb legal immigration into the United States.
Cotton, who clearly has presidential ambitions, seems to be trying to tie the anti-immigrant segment of Donald Trump’s base to him by this pre-emptive strike before any other future Oval Office aspirant can.
It’s a double-edged sword for him, but a distinct negative for the Republican Party and for the United States. It’s one thing to be against illegal immigration. It’s another thing, and wildly out of step with the majority of Americans, to be against legal immigration.
One thing is certain, Donald Trump made immigration a top political issue in this country. That’s not going to change soon. But the political risk of a hawkish stance against all immigration rather than just against illegal immigration is much greater than Tom Cotton and others seem to recognize.