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The "public charge" doctrine has been a foundation of American immigration policy going back hundreds of years to colonial times. The notion is that immigrants who are unable to support themselves, thus becoming public charges, should not be admitted or permitted to remain. In 1996, Congress enacted a federal immigration law codifying the public charge principle, and it has remained on the books in the same form ever since.
So what do you call the Trump administration's plan to enforce that law? On Saturday's AM Joy, Democrat pollster and MSNBC contributor Fernand Amandi offered a crazy take: "This is a white-supremacist domestic terror campaign that is targeting people of color in the United States under the name of the United States government, where the casualties are now children and families."
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Amandi, whose clients have included the Univision network and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, duly employed the left's buzzwords of the day when it comes to attacking President Trump: white supremacy and domestic terrorism.
Perhaps as remarkable as Amandi's absurd allegation was the opposing take of another MSNBCer, legal analyst Danny Cevallos. He actually defended the Trump administration's enforcement of the law. Cevallos made the unassailable observation that "the public charge rule has been around since 1882. It's been statutorily completely unchanged since 1996. The idea has been for well over 100 years that we don't want folks to come here if they're completely reliant on government assistance."
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In attacking Cevallos's argument, former Obama aide Nayyera Haq somehow managed to drag in the assertion that "the Walmart family is making $4 million an hour, but Walmart associates are making $11 an hour." Well, that settles it: the Waltons are rich, so immigration laws shouldn't be enforced!
Cevallos retorted that people can be poor but self-sufficient, asking Haq what makes enforcement of the...
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