Charlotte, North Carolina is a ‘gateway city’ for immigrants, who prop up its construction, health and food industries – not to mention its tax base. If all undocumented workers were to be deported, as the Trump administration is threatening, the consequences could be dire.
In remarks to his new staff in Washington, housing and urban development secretary Ben Carson referred to slaves as ‘immigrants’ and said they came to the US in ‘the bottom of slaves ships’ for better opportunities. He went on to say that slaves worked “even longer and harder for less” yet they had their own dreams to “pursue prosperity”.
Ben Carson’s first full week as secretary of Housing and Urban Development got off to a rough start on Monday after he described African slaves as “immigrants” during his first speech to hundreds of assembled department employees. The remark, which came as part of a 40-minute address on the theme of America as “a land of dreams and opportunity,” was met with swift outrage online.
Mr. Carson turned his attention to slavery after describing photographs of poor immigrants displayed at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. These new arrivals worked long hours, six or seven days a week, with little pay, he said. And before them, there were slaves.
“That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity,’’ he said. “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”
Swedish military and foreign-affairs officials have said they know nothing about a man who appeared on Fox News in the US billed as a “Swedish defence and national security advisor”.
Swedes, and some Americans, have been wondering about representations of the Scandinavian nation in the US since President Donald Trump invoked “what’s happening last night in Sweden” while alluding to past terror attacks in Europe during a rally on 18 February. There was no major incident in Sweden the previous night.
Trump does seem to get much of his security intelligence and other information from television and ‘other sources’ and not White House intelligence community, according to Trump’s many tweets.
Following Trump’s comments, Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly convened an on-air discussion on Thursday over Swedish immigration and crime between a Swedish newspaper reporter and a man identified on screen and verbally as a “Swedish defence and national security advisor”, Nils Bildt.
Bildt linked immigration to crime and social problems in Sweden, lamented what he described as Swedish liberal close-mindedness about the downsides of welcoming newcomers and said: “We are unable in Sweden to socially integrate these people.”
But the Swedish defense ministry and foreign office told the newspaper Dagens Nyheter they knew nothing of Bildt. Calls to Swedish officials on Saturday were not immediately returned.
Bildt is a founding member of a corporate geopolitical strategy and security consulting business with offices in Washington, Brussels and Tokyo, according its website. His biography speaks to expertise on defence and national security issues, saying his experience includes serving as a naval officer, working for a Japanese official and writing books on issues ranging from investment and political climates to security issues with working in hostile environments.
But security experts in Sweden said he was not a familiar figure in their ranks in that country.
“He is in not in any way a known quantity in Sweden and has never been part of the Swedish debate,” Swedish Defence University leadership professor Robert Egnell said by email to The Associated Press on Saturday. He and Bildt — also known then as Nils Tolling — were in a master’s degree program in war studies together at King’s College London in 2002-2003, and Bildt moved to Japan soon after, he said.
The network said O’Reilly was expected to address the subject further on Monday’s show.
Trump started this fake news when Trump appeared at a Florida rally last week.
“You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden!” he said.
Well, the fact is nobody should have believed it. You can bet any time Trump uses the words ‘believe me’ Trump is probably lying as this article explains.
Swedes – and many other nationalities – were bewildered by the outburst: nothing major had taken place in Sweden that night. Staff at Sweden’s US embassy were so flummoxed that they sent a note to the White House asking for an explanation. They later got one from the president himself, on Twitter, in which he referred to a report on Fox News from the night before.
The film claimed that there had been a surge in gun violence and rape following a record number of asylum applications in 2015. Police interviewed for the report appeared to confirm that there had been a huge rise.
But those officers later said their words had been taken out of context and that they were not talking about refugees and migration. The Swedish cameraman who filmed them said the same. The film-maker, Ami Horowitz, defended the segment.
The data tells us that there was no surge in gun violence or rape in 2015, when Sweden accepted more than 160,000 refugees. The rate of gun deaths in Sweden in 2015 stood at 0.32 per 100,000 population, compared with 4.04 in the US – 12 times that of Sweden.
Republican National Committee Co-Chair Sharon Day said recently that America lost 4,000 manufacturing jobs in November. Where the heck was President-elect Donald Trump? Was he working hard to save those jobs like he did to save some of the jobs at Carrier?
No. President-elect Donald Trump was travelling around the country congratulating himself on his win with what he calls his “Victory Tour”. After all he did get his much needed exposure with the Carrier deal, which saved 1,000 jobs but also sent more than 1,000 jobs to Mexico.
Trump deal had saved 1,000 Carrier jobs, but at the same time sent more than 1,000 Carrier jobs to Mexico and Trump hailed that deal a victory. Some victory.
Meanwhile, during Trump’s come-and-see-how-great-I-am Victory Tour the country lost 4,000 manufacturing jobs and Trump didn’t even try to save one.
I guess if your job is lost during something important like a Victory Tour or having his hair plasticized then you really don’t count on President-elect Donald Trump’s horizon.
President-elect Trump, please stop congratulating yourself and looking for applause and save jobs as you promised. Or is your saving jobs promise just as phony as your “Lock Her Up” promise.
President-elect Donald Trump has said he will create new jobs and make America great again. Trump implied workers in the coal mines and rust belt areas of the United States will be working again and immigrants will be deported.
And he may well be right. Only those unemployed coal mine workers and former workers in the rust belt area of the US likely won’t be employed in their prior trade.
Many of Mr. Trump’s supporters have a grade 12 or less education. In the 2016 election, a wide gap in presidential preferences emerged between those with and without a college degree. College graduates backed Clinton by a 9-point margin (52%-43%), while those without a college degree backed Trump 52%-44%. This is by far the widest gap in support among college graduates and non-college graduates in exit polls dating back to 1980. ( PEW Research article )
Trump supporters with a less than college education will have an opportunity to be retrained in order to fill the high number of new vacancies created by the policies created by Mr. Trump.
Where will Mr. Trump create all these new jobs?
Mr. Trump has vowed to deport 2-3 million illegal immigrants with a criminal degree of some kind. That still leaves about 11 million immigrants in the US.
Deporting or putting in jail 14 million illegal immigrants leaves a pretty big hole in the employment picture. Why? Here is a state-by-state map of immigrants and their main employment. Many of these immigrant jobs might be held by visa, many may not.
While the map shows that many immigrants are housekeepers, janitors and agricultural workers, the majority of jobs thought to be overwhelmingly worked by non-natives are in fact filled by native-born Americans, according to the Center for Immigration Studies:
- Maids and housekeepers: 51% native-born
- Taxi drivers and chauffeurs: 58% native-born
- Butchers and meat processors: 63% native-born
- Grounds maintenance workers: 64% native-born
- Construction laborers: 66% native-born
- Porters, bellhops, and concierges: 72% native-born
- Janitors: 73% native-born
Jobs worked by immigrants tend to pay low wages and usually require little formal education, like those agricultural jobs in California and other dark blue states in the map above.
In high-immigrant occupations, 59 percent of the workers have a high school education or lower, compared to 31 percent of the rest of the labor force. ( Read complete article on immigrants here. )
So as the state-by-state map shows, there are many opportunies for new jobs thanks to Mr. Trump’s promise of creating new jobs. Yes, Mr. Trump promised new jobs. He just didn’t promise good paying new jobs.