Huffington Post's Stunning Ignorance of Immigration Law
“Yes, we’re planning to add this note to all future stories about Trump,” the [Huffington Post] spokesperson said. “No other candidate has called for banning 1.6 billion people from the country! If any other candidate makes such a proposal, we’ll append a note under pieces about them.”
This is from Peter Sterne, “HuffPost to publish anti-Trump kicker with all Trump coverage,” On Media, January 28, 2016.
Is the Huffington Post spokesperson unaware that under current immigration law, only about a million or so new immigrants are allowed into the United States every year? Is he/she also unaware that none of the Democratic and Republican candidates for president advocates substantially liberalizing that law?
This means that all of the candidates advocate banning over 6 billion people from the country.
Of course, you can argue that Trump wants not even to let those 1.6 billion people enter the country, so that the issue is simply entry, not immigration.
But not so fast. Talk sometime to people from other countries who routinely get turned down. I ran into two young Chinese people, while visiting my daughter in Thailand a few years ago, who told me that the U.S. government would not give them visas to enter the United States. Has the U.S. government said no 1.6 billion times? Probably not. It doesn’t need to. Nor would Donald Trump’s government need to say no 1.6 billion times either, because (a) It’s a certainty that not all 1.6 billion Muslims would want to enter and (2) even of those many Muslims who do want to visit the United States, many would be discouraged by the experience of their fellow Muslims.
I look forward to the Huffington Post‘s appending a note about Hillary Clinton the next time they write about her. How long do you think I will have to wait?