…whose pro-American people principles make others who, for petty reasons, want to ethnically swap Americans with foreigners look bad by comparison.
For example, an article from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency wire service this week began:
“During a combative news conference in early August, White House adviser Stephen Miller told reporters that the United States should prioritize immigrants who speak English. (…)
“But if English proficiency had been an immigration requirement a century ago, Miller’s own great-grandmother may not have been allowed into the country.”
This clichéd argument would make perfect sense in a Back to the Future universe where changes to the law in the future alter the law in the past, causing your whole family line to vanish from Hill Valley.
But that’s not the universe we inhabit. In ours, the past has passed and all you can change is the future.
The establishment’s conventional wisdom that past immigration morally mandates future immigration is kind of like saying that because your favorite NBA star’s ancestors got here due to the slave trade, Congress should re-legalize the Middle Passage.
These are not high-quality arguments.