Tom Cotton (R-AR), recently sponsored a bill that would cut migration flow in the U.S. in half, when he was attacked by NYT writer David Brooks, who said that “For the life of me, I can’t figure out why so many Republicans prefer a dying white America…”, as well as stating that reducing immigration is a “national death wish”.
Tom Cotton responded to Brooks over twitter, sparking a small feud. Breitbart has the full twitter interaction.
Cotton wrote: “NAS report also shows low-skill immigration harms the employment of native teens, low-skill disadvantaged minorities & prior immigrants,” in one tweet. In the next he continued, “NAS report also shows low-skill immigration harms the employment of native teens, low-skill disadvantaged minorities & prior immigrants. It’s these ‘forgotten’ groups that my immigration bill seeks to help.”
Brooks wrote a NYT opinion piece on immigration reform, where he stated that the election of Trump has been “horrific”.
Breitbart has more:
Brooks even takes a shot at those who are troubled by the massive transformation immigration has brought to many American communities. “For the life of me, I can’t figure out why so many Republicans prefer a dying white America to a place like, say, Houston,” he writes. People’s differences bring them together: “The large immigrant population has paradoxically given the city a very strong, very patriotic and cohesive culture, built around being welcoming to newcomers and embracing the future… In 2015 it had the healthiest philanthropic sector in the nation. The city is coming together to solve its pension problems better than just about any other big place.”
Brooks nurses a powerful dislike of Trump and his populist, America-First nationalism. In an earlier column, he called Trump’s election win “horrific”: “Trump’s bigotry, dishonesty and promise-breaking will have to be denounced. We can’t go morally numb. But he needs to be replaced with a program that addresses the problems that fueled his assent.”
“After all, the guy will probably resign or be impeached within a year. The future is closer than you think,” he warned darkly.
Along with Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue, Cotton introduced the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment, or the RAISE Act, in Congress earlier in February. The bill would end the outdated chain migration system and allow migrants to only bring elderly parents along with them, provided they won’t go on public assistance.
“There has been a generation’s-long decline in blue collar wages,” Cotton said. “The natural effect of having low-skills and no-skills workers in this country is going to be a tighter labor market that is going to put more upward pressure on wages of working folks.”
“Our immigration system should focus on what is good for American citizens–and if parents and siblings or adult children or their spouses have the skills that they need to succeed in our economy and contribute, then they can come in through other employment-based programs,” he added.