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The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel, 1563.

Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.

  • Genesis 11:6

He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him.

  • Acts 17:26-27

Among the besetting sins of the 21st century American Protestantism is its propensity to form ungodly pacts with unbelievers.  It amounts to a return to the failed policy of Israel, which, when the going got tough, often resorted to going down to Egypt to seek Pharaoh’s help when they instead should have sought the Lord.

The close, and seemingly every closer, ties between mainstream Evangelicalism and Roman Catholicism one again were brought to mind this week by Joe Biden’s executive order blitz and the similar reaction to them from both the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT).  The reaction to Biden’s executive orders on immigration from the USCCB and the ersatz Evangelicals at EIT was so similar that one could be forgiven for thinking they were penned by the same person.

EIT is just one example of the evil fruit of neo-evangelicalism, a movement that was developed in the years following WWII by Carl F. H. Henry and other leaders, who, as John Robbins noted, “had such a horror of separation that they had to separate from the separationists [the fundamentalists].”

One of the landmark texts produced by the neo-evangelicals is an ecumenical document dating from 1994 and co-signed by Charles Colson and John Neuhaus, with Colson representing the Evangelicals and Neuhaus the Catholics.

A book titled Evangelicals & Catholics Together: Toward A Common Mission (ECT) was issued the following year edited by Colson and Neuhaus.  The main argument of this evil book was that Evangelicals and Catholics, while they had their differences, in the end really are brothers in Christ and, for this reason, ought to cooperate toward the common goal of uniting Christians “that they may be all be one.” 

Of course, for Evangelicals and Catholics to be one requires the prior understanding that both Evangelicals and Roman Catholics believe the same things are Christians.  Now it may well be true that Southern Baptist Chuck Colson believed the same things as Richard Neuhaus, but this would simply prove that Colson himself was not a Christian, not that Protestantism and Catholicism have any propositions in common. 

This March, it will be 27 years since the release of ECT, and that is enough time to trace out at least some of the evil fruit of this document.  To do it full justice, would take far longer than could be done in a short blog post.  But I’d like to take this opportunity to demonstrate just how close the cooperation has become between the Roman Church-State and conservative, ersatz Evangelicals in just one area:  immigration.

On Immigration, the USCCB and EIT Speak as One

The past few days have been busy ones at the USCCB.  The bishops, it seems, can hardly believe the embarrassment of riches that has fallen into their lap with the election of America’s second Roman Catholic president.  Oddly enough, in both cases when America elected a Roman Catholic president, there were widespread and credible charges of election fraud, but that’s another story.   

Focusing on just the USCCB’s press releases, we find four on immigration:

USCCB Chairmen Welcome End of Ban Prohibiting Immigrants and Refugees from Certain Muslim Majority and African Countries Entering the United States

USCCB Migration Chairman Welcomes Administration’s Initial Effort to Reform Enforcement and Protect Families

USCCB President and migration Chairman Welcome Administration’s Commitment to DACA and the Call for Legislation on Immigration Reform

USCCB Chairmen Affirm Administration’s Order Ensuring All Persons Included in Census and Apportionment

EIT, on the other hand, while a little less energetic than their colleagues at the USCCB, nevertheless managed to put together two recent press releases on immigration

Evangelicals Join Broad Call for Bipartisan Immigration Reform

Evangelicals Applaud Day-One Biden Administration Changes to Immigration Policy Urge Bipartisan Congressional Leadership

In both cases, the press releases celebrate the fact that the Biden’s executive orders will release a flood of taxpayer subsidized immigration, migration, and refugee resettlement, the cost of which will be underwritten by the American people as their moral obligation.

As further evidence that EIT is an intellectual colony of Rome, consider the following paragraphs taken from EIT’s 1/19/2021 statement Evangelicals Join Broad Call for Bipartisan Immigration Reform:

The Evangelical Immigration Table includes Bethany Christian Services, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Faith and Community Empowerment, the National Association of Evangelicals, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, The Wesleyan Church, World Relief and World Vision.

Other signatories include additional faith groups including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services, a wide range of trade associations and businesses, local police departments and chiefs of police, and a diverse spectrum of civic and advocacy organizations (emphasis mine).

One point of emphasis that I’ve made many times in print and in podcasts is that Roman Catholic Church-State is the premier globalist organization there is, a fact almost always overlooked, even by those who claim to be independent journalists and podcasters.  They simply do not have eyes to see the exceedingly great evil of the Vatican’s globalism, even as it stares them right in the face. 

I bring up the globalism of Rome, because there is another well-known globalist with connections to EIT, namely George Soros.  As Allan Wall, one of the few Evangelical writers on immigration not in thrall to Rome’s globalist immigration propaganda, noted in a 2015 article “Memo From Middle America: Trump Connects With Middle Americans. Southern Baptist ‘Inisder’ Russell Moore Connects With…George Soros,” EIT receives funding from George Soros, a globalist atheist.

So, we have EIT, which includes the influential Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention of which the prominent Russell Moore is currently president, connected both to the USCCB and George Soros, which never sleep in their efforts to subvert the Constitution of the United States of America and to bring about world government.  Both the USCCB and George Soros see immigration as a way of destabilizing America and other nation states to make it easier to fold them into their hoped-for global superstate.        

The Evil of Globalism

The 1648 Treat of Westphalia settled the Thirty Years’ War and ushered in the current system of international politics known as the Westphalian World Order.  The Thirty Years’ War was the first pan-European war and was a battle between nations to which the Reformation had come and the nations in subjection to the Pope.  Essentially, it was a war between Protestants and Catholics, and the Protestants won. 

The principal ideas of Westphalian World Order (WWO), are such that if you were you to explain it to people, many likely would respond that it’s just common sense.  Yet it took the Protestant Reformation and a major war to establish them in international law.  So what are the main ideas of WWO?  First, each state has sovereignty over its territory and domestic affairs, to the exclusion of all external powers.  Second, that each state, no matter how large or small, is equal in international law.   One implication of this is that supranational organizations such as the United Nations impinge on the sovereignty of nation states and are, therefore, to be avoided.

In his 2014 book World Order, Henry Kissinger remarked, “The Westphalian peace reflected a practical accommodation to reality, not a unique moral insight,” but this is incorrect.  The WWO is not merely a “practical accommodation to reality,” but an idea whose origins can be found in the Scriptures. 

In Genesis 11, we see man’s first attempt to build a global empire in the form of the Tower of Babel frustrated by God. The reason given is that, if they were to succeed, then, “nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.”  To prevent the centralization of power and the evil that would follow from it, God confused the language of the people, scattering them into their own nations according to their languages.  Another reason for separating people into their own nations was, as the Apostle Paul noted in his address on Mars Hill, to cause them to seek the Lord.  “He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and ahs determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him.”

With these passages in mind, it seems that the nation state system that came out of the Peace of Westphalia was not so much a “practical accommodation to reality” as one of the implications of the widespread preaching of and belief in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Put another way, the WWO is one of the implications of Christianity.  If this is true, and I am persuaded that it is, then those individuals and organizations – individuals and organizations such as the afore mentioned George Soros and USCCB – are doing the devil’s work when they attempt to overthrow nation states to produce, as it were, their globalist Nirvana, which we could perhaps call Tower of Babel 2.0.

Mass, nation breaking, taxpayer subsidized immigration, migration and refugee resettlement are some of the most powerful tools in the toolbox of these wicked globalists.  That Donald Trump opposed these policies is likely one of the reasons he was targeted for removal by the globalists. 

To the degree that nominally Evangelical organizations such as EIT are aligned with George Soros and the USCCB, they share in their sins of immigration treason.  To the degree that ordinary Christians are co-opted by EIT and other Romanist, globalist front organizations, they too share in the sins of the immigration reason lobby. 

Protestants do not oppose immigration.  Indeed, America has a history of being exceedingly generous with its immigration policy, and this is due in large measure to its Christian heritage. But immigration, migration and refugee resettlement of the sort supported by the Biden administration, EIT and the USCCB is destructive of nations, including America, represents immigration treason, and should be soundly rejected by Christians. 

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Visa

Q. 62. What is the visible church?

A. The visible church is a society made up of all such as in all ages and places of the world do profess the true religion, and of their children.

Westminster Larger Catechism

Last week it was announced that the U.S. State Department had adopted a new rule governing the issuance of category B nonimmigrant visas.  The rule, which took effect on Friday, Jan. 24, is aimed at reducing birth tourism.  Birth tourism is the practice of expectant mothers traveling to the United States to give birth on U.S. soil for the purpose of acquiring American citizenship for their children.

For those of us who have advocated for reform of America’s disastrous immigration laws in a way that protects the legitimate interest of American citizens, this was a welcomed, if limited, victory.  It is a welcomed victory in that, in the words of the State Department document outlining the ruling, “This rule will help prevent operators in the birth tourism industry from profiting off treating U.S. citizenship as a commodity, sometimes through potentially criminal acts…”  It is a limited victory in that it leaves open the larger, more important question, of birthright citizenship.  Specifically, the question of to whom birthright citizenship properly applies.

In the opinion of this author, birthright citizenship properly applies only to children born to parents, either both, or at least one of them, possessing American citizenship.  The notion that a child can rightfully acquire American citizenship by virtue of being born on American soil, regardless of the citizenship status of the parents, is foreign both to the Bible and, in the view of this author, to the Constitution.

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Birthright Citizenship

Last week I happened across a report about a woman by the name of Dongyuan Li, a Chinese national, who “pleaded guilty…to federal criminal charges for running an Orange County-based ‘birth tourism’ business that catered to wealthy pregnant clients and Chinese government officials, charging them tens of thousands of dollars to help them give birth in the United States so  their children would get U.S. citizenship.”  You can read the full article here.

Running a birth tourism business, while illegal, is certainly profitable.  According to the article, Li “charged each customer between $40,000 and $80,000” and “received $3 million in international wire transfers from China in two years.”  The piece goes on to note that “As part of her plea agreement, Li agreed to forfeit more than $850,000, a Murrieta residence worth more than $500,000, as well as several Mercedes-Benz vehicles.”

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Dems show of hands illegal health care benes

All ten Democratic presidential candidates raise their hands to indicate their agreement when asked if their government healthcare plan would cover for undocumented (i.e. illegal) immigrants.  The Democrats have become the party of immigration treason.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)  

Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

    – Deut. 10:19

If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.

    – 2 Thess. 3:10

Raise your hand if your government plan would provide coverage for undocumented immigrants,” asked moderator Savannah Guthrie to the ten assembled Democratic presidential candidates. All ten raised their hands in support.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) regularly lectures Americans on their supposed obligation to provide for foreigners via their tax dollars. One recent example from this organization can be found in a June 26, 2019 press release, where the bishop’s tell us, “Congress has a duty to provide additional funding to address the needs of children in federal custody.”

Another example of the Roman Catholic Church-State’s (RCCS) belief that immigrants, migrants and refugees are entitled to the support of American taxpayers is a letter from Catholic Charities opposing the Trump administration’s proposed rule change that would bar legal immigrants from getting green cards – a green card allows an immigrants to live and work permanently in the US – if they have received certain types of public assistance.

The notion that immigrants – legal and illegal – are entitled to taxpayer support is not limited to Roman Catholics and secular liberal Democrats. Organizations that claim to represent Evangelicals say much the same thing. For example, lest one thing that the USCCB and the liberal Democrats are alone in demanding American citizens be taxed for the benefit of foreigners, the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) voiced its objections. In their objection, the writers at EIT call for an immigration policy that prioritizes “the unity of the immediate family.” Since, in the eyes of EIT, the public charge law could lead to separation of families, it must be opposed.

In the four examples cited above, there is an assumption, sometimes implicit, at other times explicit, that there is a Christian, or at least a moral, obligation on the part of Americans to be taxed by their government to provide entitlement benefits to foreigners. One will often hear supporters of this view quote the Bible in support. For example, the liberal “Evangelical” organization Sojourners has a page on its website 22 Bible Verses on Welcoming Immigrants. Given Sojourners’ socialist politics, the implication is that, of course, immigrants (legal and illegal), migrants and refugees are entitled to welfare benefits.

But is Christian charity the same thing as government welfare? No, it is not. And if not, then the demands of the USCCB, Catholic Charities, the Democratic presidential candidates, EIT and Sojourners, that American taxpayers pick up the welfare tab for foreign citizens, some of whom are in the country illegally, hold no water.

 

Christian Charity is Not Government Welfare

The conspicuous lack of a welfare state in ancient Israel is a major problem for those, who – as do the Democrats, the RCS and various confused Protestants – demand that American citizens underwrite the cost of so-called entitlements for foreigners.

Israel had no Department of Housing and Urban Development, no EBT cards, and no Medicaid. In short, there was no public dole for anyone – either Israelite or sojourner – to go on.

Now someone may ask, “What about all the verses in the Bible about welcoming the stranger and remembering the orphan and the widow?” Yes, there are quite a few verses to this effect. Here are a few more passages that Sojourners did mention:

  • When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyards, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger; I am the LORD your God (Lev. 19:9-10).
  • When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field when you reap, nor shall you gather any gleaning from your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the strangers: I am the LORD your God (Lev. 23:22).
  • When you reap your harvest in your field, and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get bit; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over the boughs again; it shall be for teh stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not glean it afterward; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this thing (Deut. 24:19-22).

So don’t these verses, all which command the Israelites to leave something of their harvest for the poor and the stranger, justify the welfare state and obligate Americans to support foreigners – whether in the country legally or illegally – with their tax dollars. No, they do not.

One important point to keep in mind is that, while these are commandments of the Lord and violating them was a sin, there were no civil penalties attached to any of these injunctions. The Bible makes a distinction between sins and crimes. The way you can tell the difference is whether civil penalties apply. Stealing was both a sin – it was prohibited in the eighth commandment – and a crime – it was punishable in the law of Moses.

There was no bureaucracy in Israel set up to go around and inspect whether farmers were adhering to the “anti-gleaning laws” found in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. There were no fines imposed upon the vineyard owner who gleaned. For him to do so was a sin, but it was not a crime.

Contrast this with the modern welfare state advocated by Democrats, the RCS and confused Protestants. Do American taxpayers have the ability to opt out of paying for these programs. No they do not? Try it sometime and sooner or later you’ll find yourself on the business end of a government gun.

What about hospitals and schools? Hospitals are already required to provide services to all, regardless of immigration status. If they don’t, they will find themselves on the business end of the government gun.

The same goes with schools. The federal government mandates that local school districts provide education to all children, regardless whether they are the children of illegal immigrants. If they don’t, they will find themselves on the business end of a government gun.

Unlike the charity called for in the law of Moses, the modern welfare state is a socialist institution that takes by force the property of one man and gives it to another. This is the nature of government welfare. It is not Christian charity, which is voluntary, but theft.

Another nail in the coffin of the socialists is Paul’s command to the Thessalonians. He wrote, “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” There is no command in the Bible for Christians to support those who will not work to support themselves.

With this one command, Paul upends the entire modern welfare state’s notion of entitlement. No man is entitled to the property of another except as punishment for a crime. There is no support in Scripture for entitlement programs – whether for citizens or illegal aliens – that allow one man to live at the expense of another.

Altruism, the idea that need – whether it be the need of a citizen or the need of a legal or illegal immigrant – gives one an entitlement to the property of another, is a concept foreign to the Scriptures.

Christian Charity is Private Charity

Christian charity is always private charity. We can see this is the parable of the Good Samaritan. Here was a man who voluntarily gave of his own time and money to help a stranger in need. The Good Samaritan put himself in danger just by attempting the rescue. After all, the brigands who committed the original crime could still be in the area. He inconvenienced himself by diverting from his business trip to take the wounded victim to a town, and then he bore the cost of lodging and care of the man.

This was a private act of charity. No one forced the Good Samaritan to do what he did. And whatever giving was done was given from his own resources, not from government coffers.

As Christians, we are commanded to do our giving voluntarily in the name of Christ. But there is nothing voluntary or in the name of Christ when it comes to the welfare state. Socialism is all brute force. It’s all about the government gun. “Give us your money our we’ll come take it from you,” is the language of the bureaucrat, not the language of Christ.

Conflating Government Welfare with Christian Charity

The dishonesty of the Democrats, the RCS and the confused Protestants at EIT and Sojourners is that they attempt to conflate the notions of government welfare and Christian charity, speaking of them as if there were the same thing.

Christian charity is voluntary, given from one’s own resources and done in the name of Christ. Government welfare in involuntary, takes from the resources of others, and is done in the name of some socialist theorist, Karl Marx for example.

Shifting the Focus

The various socialists mentioned in this post are masters at shifting the focus. They draw your attention to what they want you to see, and leave out those things they don’t want you to think about.

For example, the USCCB and EIT both like to beat their breasts, rend their garments and decry the conditions in migrant detention centers, especially as it affects children. They then follow their cries of outrage with a demand that more taxpayer funds be given to improve conditions in these centers. What they don’t want you to consider, however, is the distinct possibility that making the detention centers nicer than they are just may further incentivize people to do what they shouldn’t be doing in the first place: illegally entering the United States and then falsely applying for asylum as persecuted individuals.

Further, the USCCB, Catholic Charities, EIT and Sojourners don’t want to you start asking whether the massive, unchristian and unconstitutional American welfare state may lie at the root of the migrant crisis in the first place. Ask yourself this, if there were no free goodies for asylum seekers, would there be more of them, or fewer of them? Quite obviously, there would be fewer.

If you’re curious about what sort of benefits are available to asylees and refugees, to the federal government’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) website, asylee’s may be eligible to receive, “cash and medical assistance, employment preparation and job placement, and English language training.

But it doesn’t stop with this. What happens if an asylee has a child while in America? That child is automatically considered and American citizen opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the asylee to claim welfare benefits on behalf of the child.

The USCCB, Catholic Charities, the Democrats, EIT and Sojourners don’t want you to think about any this. No. They want to sell you a sob story and then lecture you about your supposed obligation to fork over your hard earned money. After all, it’s what Jesus would do, right?

Nonsense.

The welfare state is immoral and unconstitutional when its limited to Americans. How much more is this the case when foolish presidential candidates and corrupt nominal Christians seek to make the American people foot the welfare bill for all the world?

Closing Thoughts

It is this author’s contention that the conflation of the welfare state with Christian is among the most pernicious lies of the proponents of the mass, nation-breaking migration seen both in Europe and in America.

When immigration patriots say “enough is enough” when it comes to welfare for foreigners, some wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing is always standing at the ready, prepared to lecture them about how the Bible enjoins Christians to “welcome the stranger.” As has been shown above, this is nonsense. There is no command from Christ to put migrants on the public dole. And to say that there is is simply an attempt to guilt Christians into allowing their nations to be overrun by welfare seeking migrant hordes.

Were this to happen, not only would it be disastrous for the citizens of the United States and other capitalist (or at least semi-capitalist) nations, but it would not even good for the migrants in the long run. For if the altruists among the liberals and pseudo Christians get their way, the capitalist nations of the world soon will sink beneath the weight of unlimited welfare demands and end up in the same dire straits as the nations the migrants fled in the first place.

The Bible tells us that the only jobs of the civil magistrate are to punish evil doers and to praise the good. There is no Biblical command for governors to provide housing, education, medical care, food stamps or any of the other accoutrements that the socialists tell us people are entitled to.

The very term “government entitlement” is a lie.

The welfare state is not only unbiblical, it’s also, at least in America, unconstitutional. As such, it is incumbent up the government, not only to not increase benefits for migrants, asylees, refugees and immigrants, but actually to cut them.

It is bad enough that American taxpayers are robbed to provide welfare benefits for their fellow Americans. It is far worse still when Americans are robbed to provide welfare to foreigners, some of whom are in violation of American immigration law.

It is way past time for Americans, in particular American Christians, to demand an end to the great immigration welfare scam.


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OLG On Border

In 2016, America Magazine, a Jesuit publication, quoted Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón of Tijuana, Mexico saying, “The last thing we need is another wall.”  To which one is tempted to respond, “That depends on who you mean by ‘we.’ “

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    – Ephesians 6:12

America is a dying nation. I tell the Mexicans when I am down there in Mexico to keep on having children, and then to take back what we took from them: California, Texas, Arizona, and then to take the rest of the country as well.

    – Roman Catholic Priest Paul Marx, the Wanderer, May 6, 1987

Unable to really to come to grips with the problems in the [Catholic] Church, they need illegal aliens, they need illegal aliens to fill the churches. It’s obvious on the face of it.

    – Former Trump advisor Stephen Bannon, the Washington Post, September 7, 2017

The news hardly came as a shock. It wasn’t even surprising. Yesterday, the Drudge Report linked to an article from Vatican News stating that the Pope was sending $500,000 in aid to migrants stranded at the US-Mexico border.

Ever since the migrant caravans first became news in the late summer and early fall of 2018, the question has been asked many times, but never satisfactorily answered, Who’s providing the funding for them? At this point, there should be no doubt that the answer to this question is, at least in large part, the Roman Catholic Church-State.

As has been covered in this space numerous times over the past two-plus years, it is the opinion of this writer that the single biggest driver of the migrant crisis in Europe and in the United States is the economic and political philosophy and the activities of the Antichrist papacy and of the Roman Catholic Church-State. Rome certainly has provided the theoretical framework for the migrant invasion in the form of her social teaching. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that she also has provided practical help in the form of funding to bring about the desired result.

Whether Protestants realize it or not, and most Protestants seem not to have a clue, a state of warfare exists between the globalist Roman Catholic Church-State and the independent nations of the world. This state of warfare has existed from at least the time of the Treaty Westphalia, which ended the Thirty Year’s War in 1648 and resulted in a Protestant international order of independent nation states, which greatly diminished the temporal power and prestige of the Roman Catholic Church-State (RCCS) and the Office of the Papacy.

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Migrants_San Ysidro_November 25 2018

Migrants charge the US border at San Ysidro, CA, November 2018.

Have you ever noticed that, no sooner does someone complain about the high cost of welfare for illegal immigrants, but cries of “Illegal immigrants aren’t eligible for welfare!” cascade from on high in an attempt to shame him into silence?

While it is correct to say that illegals are ineligible to receive federal welfare benefits, in practice many do.

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Make Avocados Great Again

Avocado price spike illustrates danger to U.S. economy of Mexican border closure” ran a headline from MarketWatch. “So is this what it’s come to?,” I thought to myself. Here we are in the midst of an historic migrant surge along the southern border, the latest battle in a long running immigration war which the American people are losing badly, and all MarketWatch seems to care about is the price of avocados going up.

That’s bad but not surprising.

But what really concerns me is that it’s not clear that Donald Trump differs in any substantial way on immigration from the editors of MarketWatch.

When he ran for president in 2016 under the slogan “Make America Great Again,” Trump resonated with ordinary American voters as no presidential candidate ever has, at least no one in my experience.

Hated by the bi-coastal elites, the New York real estate developer showed a remarkable ability to connect with average Americans in “flyover country” who felt, with good reason, that their concerns were being ignored by the nation’s business, academic and political leaders.

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