Senator Richard Burr — anti-immigrant, anti-family bigot or craven coward?

So this past week, I called North Carolina’s Republican senators, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, about the Trump policy on snatching immigrant kids from their families. Since then, Tillis has co-sponsored with a bill to end the practice while “ensuring the integrity of immigration laws.” Which is typical Tillis. As I’ve mentioned before, he loves talking in meaningless political cliches. And given his declaration the Republican tax bill is a gift to hard-working Americans, I’m assuming his immigration bill will be awful.

But to give the senator credit, he has in fact criticized the policy. Burr’s view is that “the president is enforcing the law. You could ignore the law, but I wouldn’t suggest he do that.” (of course, separating families is not the law). So either he’s happy to have the government rip families apart — at least if they’re nonwhite — or he’s afraid crossing Trump will land him in hot water with NC Republicans. Which would fit his pattern — Tillis has responded to my letters (even if it is political boilerplate) but Burr never has. Here’s a reminder of what he’s accepting.

A further reason for lacking faith in Tillis: as NC House Speaker he distinguished between the state’s traditional population and black and Hispanic residents. He claimed he meant “traditional” as in living here for several generations, but I’m pretty sure blacks have been in this state a while.

In other related links:

To justify his anti-immigrant policy, Trump makes bullshit claims about immigrant attacks on Americans.

Andrew Sullivan declares that Democrats are obligated to give Trump his border wall — he ran promising one, now he’s entitled to get one. Which is just another version of the mandate myth — that winning an election bestows some kind of divine right on the victor, as long as you voted for them (e.g., Republicans have claimed Republican candidates have a mandate, but never Obama).

Slacktivist points out the problems with Sessions using Romans 13 to justify separations. But Christian evangelicals in the US are often anti-immigrant and see it as biblically justified. Case in point, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

No, critics condemning Trump’s policies are not being uncivil (more here). The NYT profiled one ordinary Republican who thinks it does, neglecting to point out she’s an activist with a save Confederate monuments Republican group (here’s another NYT distortion). Oh, and criticizing Trump court prophets who claim this is a Christian nation isn’t oppression either.

Much like SE Cupp, David Brooks wants us to know that the Trump administration is not conservative. The facts don’t support Brooks (do they ever?).

Trump and Stephen Miller may truly believe Trump’s anti-immigrant policy is a winning strategy.

And for some black humor: Trump administration staffers are very, very upset that their choice of boss hurts them in dating. Some of them just lie about who they work for. And no, it’s not a new story.

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