In a time of choosing, New York Times columnist Bret Stephens would happily take illegal immigrants over “so-called real Americans.”
…and the U.S. Constitution.
The self-described “conservative” columnist wrote a recent op-ed in support of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, calling for the deportation of American citizens over those who are in the country illegally.
American citizens “who don’t work hard, don’t believe in God, don’t contribute much to society and don’t appreciate the greatness of the American system.”
Stephens comes up just short of identifying these folks as supporters of President Donald Trump — aka white Americans.
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“They need to return whence they came,” the columnist wrote.
“I speak of Americans whose families have been in this country for a few generations,” Stephens said. “Complacent, entitled and often shockingly ignorant on basic points of American law and history, they are the stagnant pool in which our national prospects risk drowning.”
Insisting these Americans “are failing our country,” he points to a CATO Institute study to say they are more likely to be incarcerated, less educated, less religious, less likely to start a business and responsible for more out-of-wedlock births, even though they contribute less to the overall birthrate in the country.
Naturally, in the eyes of this N.Y. Times columnist, illegal immigrants are better than Americans.
“Bottom line: So-called real Americans are screwing up America,” Stephens declared. “Maybe they should leave, so that we can replace them with new and better ones: newcomers who are more appreciative of what the United States has to offer, more ambitious for themselves and their children, and more willing to sacrifice for the future. In other words, just the kind of people we used to be — when ‘we’ had just come off the boat.”
Stephens then offers the obligatory dismissal of his suggestion to deport American citizens — while working in yet another insult — saying he doesn’t really mean it as he gets around to his intended target.
“O.K., so I’m jesting about deporting ‘real Americans’ en masse,” he explained. “(Who would take them in, anyway?) But then the threat of mass deportations has been no joke with this administration.”
But Stephens makes it clear that he prefers illegal immigrants, asking “how does America become great again by berating and evicting its most energetic, enterprising, law-abiding, job-creating, idea-generating, self-multiplying and God-fearing people?”
Just as liberals do, he closes by conflating illegal immigrants with those who come to America legally, saying he sees the United States as “a country that belongs first to its newcomers,” before repeating his call for Americans who don’t support open borders to leave.
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“That used to be a cliché, but in the Age of Trump it needs to be explained all over again,” Stephens concluded. “We’re a country of immigrants — by and for them, too. Americans who don’t get it should get out.”
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