US President Donald Trump.
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A s some 4,000 Hondurans are marching north to America’s southern border in an organized attempt to illegally immigrate, the media is again talking about this divisive issue that has polarized the American nation along political lines. In response, US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off funding to Honduras if it doesn’t stop the marchers in their race to the finish line.
Since Trump launched his presidential candidacy in 2015 with a promise to stop the seemingly unlimited breaching of America’s southern boundary by building a wall, the issue of illegal immigration has captivated and divided the American public like no other. Furthermore, his call for a halt to immigration from seven Muslim-dominant countries absolutely enraged many on the American Left, including many Jews.
They accused Trump’s senior adviser, Stephen Miller, who happens to be Jewish, of hypocrisy, since he was one of the main architects of the Trump immigration policy, yet his grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Russia who were welcomed into the country! Are such accusations justified? Can there really be an analogy made between the massive Jewish immigration of the early 1900s, and the controversial immigrations of today?
In my new book, Trump and the Jews , I explain that Jewish immigrants to the United States were legal immigrants (with boat records to prove it) who came to Ellis Island on the New York shores wanting only to be “real Americans.” Many arrived with only the shirts on their backs, but they came to America to humbly work hard, to learn hard, and to achieve. Discrimination against Jews was a real issue in those days, but there were no “Days of Rage” in the Jewish community. For American Jews, discrimination was an incentive to work harder and to be more entrepreneurial. After some years of working in sweatshops, the Jews started emerging from poverty, becoming managers of those same factories, and eventually starting their own thriving businesses, many becoming great American success stories.
The Trump immigration policy is one that is based on legality, merit and the desire to be loyal Americans. The building of a wall to stop illegal intruders is sound policy that is based, at least partially, on the enormously successful hi-tech wall that Israel built on its own southern border with Egypt. Trump’s initiative to build a similar, albeit much longer wall, is fully justified, and should be executed as soon as possible. Otherwise, the mad marches to the border will continue.The writer is former mayor of Shiloh and the author of Trump and the Jews . He can be found at www.DavidRu - binIsrael.com
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