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Old December 23rd, 2018 (1:41 AM). Edited December 23rd, 2018 by Ivysaur.
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Problem is an illegal immigrant will work for lower wages, poorer working conditions, and if they complain they can be replaced or threatened with deportation. Thus companies especially low wage companies are more willing to hire illegals.
The cost of living isn't magically cheaper for immigrants. Unemployment is a an all-time low and there are more vacancies than people looking for a job (!) so it's not like companies can afford to mistreat workers that way, or else they can just pack up and leave. And anyway, most immigrants end up doing jobs that most natives won't do- agricultural labour, cleaning, taking care of old people, etc. The actual effect of immigrants in the average wage (let alone that of a white-collar manual worker in the Rust Belt) is minimal, if it even exists. And if it does, it's smaller compared to the Republican Party's refusal to increase the minimum wage or to defend Obama's rule forcing companies to pay overtime to workers who made between $25k and $45k. It's just that immigrants are easier to scapegoat.

Also, immigrants pay a ton of net taxes as the companies withold payroll tax but they don't get any benefits in turn. So they are a money-making machine for the Government and anyone with a pension should be happy about it.

Furthermore, the number of mexican immigrants apprehended in the border has collapsed by over 90% since the 2000, from 1.6 million a year to 130k. Building a wall now is not going to do much.

...not to mention that, if Trump's idea of how the metal slabs will work is in scale (notice the car), the separation between the slats is wide enough to allow for bags of drugs and/or thin people (say, children, starving people) to go through. Genius!

And finally, polls show that a majority of Americans don't want a wall. And that includes the last poll, the one held in November, which was won by democrats by 9 percentage points, or 10 million votes, accross enough states to equal over 300 electoral votes come 2020. So they have no reason whatsoever to fund the wall unless Trump stars giving democrats a laundry list of policy concessions.
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Their status as illegal allows them to be exploited in such a manner, seeing how they came here illegally, I blame them for that.
This reply is hands-down the most absurd thing I’ve ever read. If we’re still using this analogy to slavery, you basically just blamed the slaves for the abuse their masters dish upon them because they are slaves. I’m ending the conversation following this reply because it’s pretty clear you lack empathy for a marginalized group of people.

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As long as you do not count the citizenship of that country, for reasons I already explained.
I honestly don’t even know or care what you tried to say. This slavery analogy really isn’t working for you.

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How so? The job and companies do not follow them back home.
Yes, which is part of the problem lmfao. The opportunities in America far exceed anything in their countries, so of course they’re going to seek opportunities for growth elsewhere. Many places are also irreparably damaged by extreme poverty, gang or terrorist violence, and government corruption, so much so that it’s beyond anything their contributions to the society can fix.

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I am more than willing for them to get care, but I want them to be deported before they get sick, hurt, or pregnant, thus causing the resource drain.
If you’re fine with them getting care, then you can’t also say that we should deport them so they don’t get care. Fact of the matter is, immigrants are here and they will receive healthcare because healthcare is a necessity for everyone. Deport all you want - all you’re doing is putting injured/sick/vulnerable people at risk when they come here.

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I want them to come in legally in which they can buy insurance and get a drivers license, by law they are not supposed to even be there or driving.
And the people who are here “legally” or natural-born citizens that don’t have insurance or drivers license? Do they have to get deported? You have to realize that this risk is literally everywhere. You’re trying to fix a small part of a problem by ruining tons of lives. I guarantee you more natural-born citizens are driving without insurance or driver’s licenses.

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I am fully aware of the corruption and danger, however answer me this how is a country supposed to get better when their best and brightest continue to flee the country?
As I said above, these countries are irreparably damaged to the point where the contributions of its citizens have little to no impact.

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Yes I want a fair system that allows each person all over the world to have an equal chance to get in. I do not want to pick favorites based on location or skin color. I also want a limited number each year allowed in as to not overwhelm the country.

Again it sounds like you want open borders in that anyone that comes here can stay, with there being no limit, or ability to deport. That would cripple the country and turn it into just another third world muk hole.
First of all, limits on asylum can’t exist without defeating the purpose of asylum. Second of all, how is it giving everyone a fair chance if we set a limit and have to tell people, “You’ve been waiting for years and you application has been approved but we’ve already met our quota so psyduck off?” How does a limit help people who are fleeing violence and don’t have time to wait if their application is rejected?

Again, you aren’t listening to what I’m actually saying. Here’s what I’m actually saying, not what you think I am:

- Immigrant applicants who aren’t in danger or extreme poverty can’t come in “illegally.” They have to apply before they come to the country.
- Immigrants who are, can, but they need to apply for citizenship within the country while they are safe and building their life. If they don’t, they will get deported.

And these policies extend to literally every immigrant from any country. So, yes, it’s definitely more lax than what we current have, but it keeps at-risk immigrants from suffering or dying while they try to escape dangerous conditions/situations. I’m sure you’ll disagree with it because you’ve demonstrated pretty well that you care more about enforcing completely changeable laws than you do about the safety of actual human beings and have zero intent on actually interpreting what I’m saying. Hence why I’m ending this conversation, since we’ll be going in circles for ages and I don’t have the time/energy to continue.
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Old December 23rd, 2018 (6:38 AM). Edited December 23rd, 2018 by EnglishALT.
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    The cost of living isn't magically cheaper for immigrants. Unemployment is a an all-time low and there are more vacancies than people looking for a job (!) so it's not like companies can afford to mistreat workers that way, or else they can just pack up and leave. And anyway, most immigrants end up doing jobs that most natives won't do- agricultural labour, cleaning, taking care of old people, etc. The actual effect of immigrants in the average wage (let alone that of a white-collar manual worker in the Rust Belt) is minimal, if it even exists. And if it does, it's smaller compared to the Republican Party's refusal to increase the minimum wage or to defend Obama's rule forcing companies to pay overtime to workers who made between $25k and $45k. It's just that immigrants are easier to scapegoat.
    The problem being any large increase of the minimum wage will drive companies to either automate, or to change more jobs over to illegals, so that they do not have to pay more.

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    Also, immigrants pay a ton of net taxes as the companies withold payroll tax but they don't get any benefits in turn. So they are a money-making machine for the Government and anyone with a pension should be happy about it.
    Not really, if we are to guess that there are 11 million illegals, the amount in taxes they pays is around, $11.64 billion according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. However in health care alone, Illegals cost around 18.5 billion, as such you are already working with a deficit before even factoring in other things such as schooling.

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    Furthermore, the number of mexican immigrants apprehended in the border has collapsed by over 90% since the 2000, from 1.6 million a year to 130k. Building a wall now is not going to do much.
    Keyword is Mexican, the problem are people from Central and South America crossing Mexico now. Which is why Mexico is cracking down on it's southern border.

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    ...not to mention that, if Trump's idea of how the metal slabs will work is in scale (notice the car), the separation between the slats is wide enough to allow for bags of drugs and/or thin people (say, children, starving people) to go through. Genius!
    The metal slabs are a bad idea, its better to go with the rather unscaliable walls that were prototyped.

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    And finally, polls show that a majority of Americans don't want a wall. And that includes the last poll, the one held in November, which was won by democrats by 9 percentage points, or 10 million votes, accross enough states to equal over 300 electoral votes come 2020. So they have no reason whatsoever to fund the wall unless Trump stars giving democrats a laundry list of policy concessions.
    That is meaningless, polls tend to not favor presidential pet projects especially when they are being debated. Look at George W Bush's privatization of Social Security in 2005, Obamacare in 2009, or Hillarycare in 1993 as examples of this.

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    This reply is hands-down the most absurd thing I’ve ever read. If we’re still using this analogy to slavery, you basically just blamed the slaves for the abuse their masters dish upon them because they are slaves. I’m ending the conversation following this reply because it’s pretty clear you lack empathy for a marginalized group of people.
    Slaves did not have a choice to come here, illegals ( outside those kidnapped and sold into sex slavery ) have a choice when deciding to come here or not.

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    Yes, which is part of the problem lmfao. The opportunities in America far exceed anything in their countries, so of course they’re going to seek opportunities for growth elsewhere. Many places are also irreparably damaged by extreme poverty, gang or terrorist violence, and government corruption, so much so that it’s beyond anything their contributions to the society can fix.
    That is rather ignorant of history, no matter how corrupt or terrorized a society is, it typically only takes one or two generations for it to right itself. This can be seen after the fall of the Soviet Union, or in places like South Korea with Chun Doo-hwan in the 80s. However no country can survive if it's youth continue to flee it.

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    If you’re fine with them getting care, then you can’t also say that we should deport them so they don’t get care. Fact of the matter is, immigrants are here and they will receive healthcare because healthcare is a necessity for everyone. Deport all you want - all you’re doing is putting injured/sick/vulnerable people at risk when they come here.
    I am more than willing to make sure they are healthy, however once they are, then they should be deported, we cannot be the world's hospital.

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    And the people who are here “legally” or natural-born citizens that don’t have insurance or drivers license? Do they have to get deported? You have to realize that this risk is literally everywhere. You’re trying to fix a small part of a problem by ruining tons of lives. I guarantee you more natural-born citizens are driving without insurance or driver’s licenses.
    I have no problem putting the people who are here legally and drive with out insurance or a license in jail. Just because some people who are citizens do something dangerous and illegal, that does not mean I wish to have 11 million extra people who are not citizens stand around and do the same dangerous and illegal activity, that is absurd.

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    First of all, limits on asylum can’t exist without defeating the purpose of asylum. Second of all, how is it giving everyone a fair chance if we set a limit and have to tell people, “You’ve been waiting for years and you application has been approved but we’ve already met our quota so psyduck off?” How does a limit help people who are fleeing violence and don’t have time to wait if their application is rejected?

    Again, you aren’t listening to what I’m actually saying. Here’s what I’m actually saying, not what you think I am:

    - Immigrant applicants who aren’t in danger or extreme poverty can’t come in “illegally.” They have to apply before they come to the country.
    - Immigrants who are, can, but they need to apply for citizenship within the country while they are safe and building their life. If they don’t, they will get deported.

    And these policies extend to literally every immigrant from any country. So, yes, it’s definitely more lax than what we current have, but it keeps at-risk immigrants from suffering or dying while they try to escape dangerous conditions/situations. I’m sure you’ll disagree with it because you’ve demonstrated pretty well that you care more about enforcing completely changeable laws than you do about the safety of actual human beings and have zero intent on actually interpreting what I’m saying. Hence why I’m ending this conversation, since we’ll be going in circles for ages and I don’t have the time/energy to continue.
    Lets game plan this idea out shall we?

    Anyone across the world that claims they are in danger or need a job can come here with extreme poverty alone that accounts for 766 million people ( people making an average of $1.9 a day according to the World Bank ), add in danger, and we can round it up to say a billion? Lets say out of that billion, maybe 10 to 50 million apply to enter the US in the first year.

    Can any country on this planet handle that kind of influx of people? The answer is no.

    If your ideas were to come to pass we would see a migration crisis that would dwarf what happened in Germany, and Germany had to close its doors and stem the tide after only a year.

    You would be importing millions of low wage, low skill people into America, who do not speak the language and cannot support themselves. They would be reliant on a social safety net not even close to handling such a massive influx of poor people. You would see massive camps spring up across the country, filled with crime, prostitution, and lawlessness, again as we saw in Germany.

    Hospitals, police and social services, all of those would crumble under the weight of all of these economic migrants.

    How do you think the populous would react? Realistically it would be rebellion and anarchy against the Government that let all of these people in. You would see groups like the KKK spring up to target the immigrants, you would see states break away to save themselves, and in the end what was the America would cease to exist. What would be left is at best a group of ethnocentric states that are constantly warring at each other and blaming each other for the downfall of America.

    You don't like the wait period, saying it amounts to basically: “You’ve been waiting for years and you application has been approved but we’ve already met our quota so psyduck off?”. However quota's are the only way any country can allow for a steady stream of immigration that does not overwhelm it's populous and services.

    Take away the quotas and it's a recipe for destruction.
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      >Says Mexico is paying for his stupid wall
      >Shuts down the government because his own government won't pay for it
      >Has a history of saying government shutdowns make the president incompetent, unfit, and weak
      >People still lick his boots and praise his name

      As a former US resident, I have to say, nobody is laughing with you guys right now. Mostly "at." This is easily the most embarrassing time in American history.
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      This government shut down is really pitiful, honestly. Also, Trump claims he'll get his wall built without congressional approval or some stupid muk like that. Which obviously won't happen. Just open the damn government back up already.
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        This is officially the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
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        My condolences to any and all people here whose family's jobs rely on government functioning (public institutions, welfare, etc). Hopefully there's still secondhand microeconomies that can assist you, small jobs during the meantime, or heck, publish a boot about "shutdown experiences", they should make a trend for the short term.

        (Ironically enough, yes)

        My concern is more in natural processes that can't simply be made to wait a shutdown out. Stuff like emergency services, care of national resources, fighting forest fires, that kind of stuff. How are those areas even dealing these days?

        Alas, I also have to say that people get the government that they deserve, in particular when they are allowed to vote. Hopefully the US weathers through it and learn well their lesson for next time.
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        How many times has he shut down the government since he's been president? Shouldn't there be some rule against this? He's literally putting millions out of work and in a place of insecurity and its his fault for shutting down the government in the first place.
        Not to mention the risk to literally every american citizen, and people in other countries who import american, without important government work being done.

        Work on a more streamlined immigration process instead of a psyducking wall and there wouldn't be an issue. People would be able to and would gladly come legally if weren't a long costly difficult process?
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        How many times has he shut down the government since he's been president?
        This one is the 3rd time in his presidency, as far as I know. Although the previous two were much shorter than this one. Then again, all shutdowns are shorter than this one now lol.

        But yeah, it's kind of psyducked up that he's willing to basically indefinitely deny people paychecks that they need in order to survive over a poor idea. Even worse is that, while he's a little less gung-ho about it right now than he's been in days earlier this week, he's willing to declare a national emergency over something that's not a national emergency in order to bypass Congress to get the funding for his wall. And then on top of that is the potential damage that can be caused over a long government shutdown.

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        Alas, I also have to say that people get the government that they deserve, in particular when they are allowed to vote. Hopefully the US weathers through it and learn well their lesson for next time.
        Normally this would probably be a valid statement, but I don't think that it is here. A lot of people did not and do not want Trump as our president. He didn't even win the popular vote. We voted, but the will of the people was effectively ignored, and so I don't think it's right to say that we "deserve" this.
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        Yeah I don't see how people wanting asylum is a national emergency.
        And like these are people, these are people with lives he's causing undo harm to especially since their being sent to terrible camps in Mexico.

        He claims to care about the middle class american citizens but they're the most endangered here, he's needlessly going to force people into poverty and then rattata about how people are claiming social assistance now.
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          Yeah I don't see how people wanting asylum is a national emergency.
          And like these are people, these are people with lives he's causing undo harm to especially since their being sent to terrible camps in Mexico.

          He claims to care about the middle class american citizens but they're the most endangered here, he's needlessly going to force people into poverty and then rattata about how people are claiming social assistance now.
          There are a couple thousand waiting at the edge of the border for their cases to be heard, and then another couple thousand forming in a new caravan that is heading to the border. That alone could be enough to declare an emergency.
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          There are a couple thousand waiting at the edge of the border for their cases to be heard, and then another couple thousand forming in a new caravan that is heading to the border. That alone could be enough to declare an emergency.
          I don't really see how that constitutes an emergency
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            I don't really see how that constitutes an emergency
            It may be a difference of opinion, however having a couple thousand people massing on your border, who have attempted at least twice now to cross in small groups illegally and been repelled, seem to constitute an emergency situation. Considering we had troops move down there before Thanksgiving to prepare facilities for the people, also would highlight the emergency status.
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            It may be a difference of opinion, however having a couple thousand people massing on your border, who have attempted at least twice now to cross in small groups illegally and been repelled, seem to constitute an emergency situation. Considering we had troops move down there before Thanksgiving to prepare facilities for the people, also would highlight the emergency status.
            I see.

            If a national emergency was declared in order to quickly provide facilities for this potential influx of people and get them processed, that would be ok I guess. But that's not what Trump wants to do here, as he is considering declaring a national emergency to build a border wall, and that's not a good reason to me to do it.
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              I see.

              If a national emergency was declared in order to quickly provide facilities for this potential influx of people and get them processed, that would be ok I guess. But that's not what Trump wants to do here, as he is considering declaring a national emergency to build a border wall, and that's not a good reason to me to do it.
              Well I guess its a question of the justification, and that may deal with where the border is built, seeing how it could only be on federal land and if there are not many crossings there, a judge could say there is no justification for it. On the other hand if the President were to show that a border wall would drive these people to check points where they could be processed, instead of catching them in the middle of the desert, miles away from said facilities. He could have a point there as well.
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              After the longest shutdown in history, Trump finally signed a bill today that would re-open government through February 15th. As of now he does not have the funds he demanded to build that wall. This stunt looks like waste of everybody's time.

              Hopefully the government will not shut down again, and there will be no national emergency declared. Most Americans do not support this wall, and even those who do, by in large do not believe that it should be built at the cost of the government shutting down.
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              Mot sure why this was closed but I've reopened it since there's still discussion that could come from this.
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              tbh I wouldn't be surprised if at the end of the 3 weeks Trump just goes and declares a national emergency

              The Dems are not likely to give him the wall, and he won't back down on it either, and idk if he'd be willing to go back to a shutdown again, so....
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              tbh I wouldn't be surprised if at the end of the 3 weeks Trump just goes and declares a national emergency

              The Dems are not likely to give him the wall, and he won't back down on it either, and idk if he'd be willing to go back to a shutdown again, so....
              considering that he said its reopening for a few weeks, i would assume if the wall still doesnt happen he aint gonna keep the government open.
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              Damned if you do or don't at this point. Fighting the wall is killing the US economically, building it kills the US economically. It's infuriating that the poor are paying for his ego trip with their wellbeing.
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              While teeeeeeechnically yes, there could be another shutdown. I think that is less likely, simply because politicians, both left and right, are if nothing self-preserving. It would not be a smart strategy for the Republicans to adopt politically-speaking. So many people are hurting because of this shutdown, most of us live paycheck do paycheck, and every day of this shutdown people looked to their president to stop it. Trump's approval ratings have only dipped further these past months. He wouldn't have retreated if he felt this tactic was working. The American people hold him and his party responsible for all this suffering, not democrats, and he ultimately ended up making his opposition look good. Dems have no reason to give Trump anything under these circumstances, except more rope to hang himself. "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results." -Albert Einstein

              Trump also appears to be walking back the language of declaring a national emergency in his most recent speeches. If he does so it would be even more troubling than the federal shutdown, as it would set a dangerous precedent for undermining the congressional authority, and it certainly would not be without political repercussions.

              I think he's going to have to accede to something more reasonable like Schumer's funding for fencing repairs or Clyburn's suggestion of improved technology at the border i.e more sensors, agents or go home with nothing.
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              Trump wont give up on the wall until hes no longer president. Even then hes still gonna be wanting and trying to get the wall. Hes pretty much acting like a child that isnt allowed or got denied candy.
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              Old January 26th, 2019 (4:12 PM). Edited January 26th, 2019 by Alexander Nicholi.
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              That's quite an unfair and one-sided point of view, so I'll provide the other end of it.
              It's beyond unfair and one-sided because it's hardly even an argument. It's about as convincing as hearing Hitler denounce his opponents along his own race lines of convenience, because that's never a foundation a sane human being takes to explain anything, let alone contemporary sociopolitical matters of all things.

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              So, here's a suggestion, how about instead of wasting money on a border wall that won't actually do jack muk, the government improves and streamlines the immigration process so there's less need for people to enter the country illegally to escape danger.

              If the problem is with the illegality, not with people who happen to be born outside the US, then fix your broken immigration system so entering illegally stops being a necessity to get out of danger.
              Immigrants aren't running from mortal danger, on the whole. Those people seek asylum, not stolen social security numbers, because they have better chances if they have a reason for asylum anyway. And unlike undocumented illegals, they're tracked and provide statistics. It's a very big problem with illegal immigration that we don't actually know anything on what they're doing, how they got here or anything besides, because they're undocumented. Open borders only exacerbates this issue, but sane immigration policies could fix it and give us all insight for improvements. The original problem here is that immigration pathways in the US are non-functional.

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              The cost of living isn't magically cheaper for immigrants. Unemployment is a an all-time low and there are more vacancies than people looking for a job (!) so it's not like companies can afford to mistreat workers that way, or else they can just pack up and leave. And anyway, most immigrants end up doing jobs that most natives won't do- agricultural labour, cleaning, taking care of old people, etc. The actual effect of immigrants in the average wage (let alone that of a white-collar manual worker in the Rust Belt) is minimal, if it even exists. And if it does, it's smaller compared to the Republican Party's refusal to increase the minimum wage or to defend Obama's rule forcing companies to pay overtime to workers who made between $25k and $45k. It's just that immigrants are easier to scapegoat.
              Do you have sources for any of these things? Honestly, an empirical baseline of what immigrants are doing is p. much the holy grail of the immigration debate, because we are inexplicably unable to know about undocumented immigrants due to how they arrive and stay here. Undocumented = unknown. What do we know?

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              Also, immigrants pay a ton of net taxes as the companies withold payroll tax but they don't get any benefits in turn. So they are a money-making machine for the Government and anyone with a pension should be happy about it.
              Immigrants pay the same amount of taxes anyone else would for their annual income as prescribed by the IRS. This is the "money-making machine for the government" and it operates with no discrimination on a basis of immigration because it can't. They can't tell apart citizens from undocumented immigrants in the first place and legal immigrants don't have wildly different tax codes either. The government isn't exploiting immigrants through taxation any more than they exploit the general population through taxation.

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              Furthermore, the number of mexican immigrants apprehended in the border has collapsed by over 90% since the 2000, from 1.6 million a year to 130k. Building a wall now is not going to do much.
              Border apprehension of Mexicans could mean that the number of Mexicans attempting to cross has plummeted, it could mean far more Mexicans are crossing undetected, or it could mean both somewhere in between. We have no idea what to make of such a statistic in the context of immigrants because it doesn't speak of anyone who makes it into the US, so it speaks nothing about even a hypothetical effectiveness of the wall.

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              ...not to mention that, if Trump's idea of how the metal slabs will work is in scale (notice the car), the separation between the slats is wide enough to allow for bags of drugs and/or thin people (say, children, starving people) to go through. Genius!
              So, rather than take the obvious solution of modifying the design to fix this vulnerability, we should cancel building it entirely?

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              And finally, polls show that a majority of Americans don't want a wall. And that includes the last poll, the one held in November, which was won by democrats by 9 percentage points, or 10 million votes, accross enough states to equal over 300 electoral votes come 2020. So they have no reason whatsoever to fund the wall unless Trump stars giving democrats a laundry list of policy concessions.
              Polls closed in 2016 and they won't be reopening until 2020. Opinion polls are nice to gauge how certain political sects of the country feel about a topic, but they're not running a referendum and it holds no policy weight likewise. A large part of Trump's campaign platform involved the building of this wall, and when he was elected he was done so with the expectation of following through with his promises, including this. My advice for Democrats is to actually try and win 300 electoral votes on this issue come 2020 if they want to tear down the wall and have things their way.

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              tbh I wouldn't be surprised if at the end of the 3 weeks Trump just goes and declares a national emergency

              The Dems are not likely to give him the wall, and he won't back down on it either, and idk if he'd be willing to go back to a shutdown again, so....
              Certainly. There's a cacophony aplenty about how terrible the shutdown is, but the simple truth is most people don't have a reason to care. The main victims are government employees, and the press hasn't even done a good job of propping them up as poster children for their part in this mess. Do they know how laughable it is to hear a furloughed TSA agent complain that they can't pay their mortgage and two car notes because that implies they have that lavish standard of living running paycheck to paycheck? That's their idea of what's worthy of sympathy? When do you get life savings making that kind of money? The main drawback for the general public is a delay of income tax refunds, honestly. Everything else is business as usual because the private sector is more than happy to pick up the slack.

              if most folks have a reason to disapprove of the shutdown, it's not for the wall, it's for the squabbling and the hold-up. Trump postponed his state of the union address because he knows he'll just stake out the dems and before too long they'll be holding the short end of the stick, and will cave from the pressure. And he'll strut on stage proud as always, loud and brash, as he's played them yet again like a fiddle. Given how insignificant the cost of this wall is in the grand scheme of the federal budget, sensible lefties would have conceded this a long time ago and moved onto better things, if it weren't for a few very bitter, angry and revenge-ridden people holding it up.
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              Old January 27th, 2019 (8:26 AM). Edited January 27th, 2019 by Ivysaur.
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              Polls closed in 2016 and they won't be reopening until 2020. Opinion polls are nice to gauge how certain political sects of the country feel about a topic, but they're not running a referendum and it holds no policy weight likewise. A large part of Trump's campaign platform involved the building of this wall, and when he was elected he was done so with the expectation of following through with his promises, including this. My advice for Democrats is to actually try and win 300 electoral votes on this issue come 2020 if they want to tear down the wall and have things their way.
              Actually, polls reopened last November, the Democrats won the House of Representatives by 9 million votes and flipped 40 republican seats to win the majority, and left a divided Government in which one branch does not want a wall and the other does, and both happen to have equal weight on the issue.

              There was an election last November and democrats won one of the levers of Government by a pretty large margin. One lever which is powerful enough to block any claims for a wall. Because, after all, Democrats were voted in by the people after promising that no wall would be built if they could stop it. And, lo and behold, the American people handed them a veto on wall discussions.

              Elections have consequences. Trump lost badly in 2018 and can no longer do whatever he pleases without control. He learnt that this week, when he gave in and ended his ridiculous shutdown tantrum and accepted that he's not giving a SOTU speech anytime soon. Nancy Pelosi heads a separate and coequal branch of Government capable of vetoing Trump, and this week it's finally dawned up on him that the world has changed. Hope you understand it too. There are more elections than presidential ones. They matter as much. And Republicans were shellacked in the latest ones.

              After all, I don't remember Obama demanding that Republicans passed his policies after he lost the House in the 2010 midterms arguing that he won in 2008 and therefore the Republican 2010 victory -smaller in percentage and raw votes than the Democratic one in 2018, just saying- didn't count. Why should Trump expect Democrats to act like they are still in the minority when they no longer are?
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