POTUS45 is wrong on immigration

History, Politics, Technology, Travel

This week DJT signed an executive order limiting all immigration from Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, and Syria, to the US and  refusing entry of anyone with these passports. I don’t think that this is the way. First, we have formal diplomatic relations with these governments and embassies in the US, what happens to diplomatic families? Second, the issue of allowing foreign nationals and refugees into the US has been a fundamental fabric of American society.  We are a nation of immigrants, even the POTUS’ family, all three wives, both daughters-in-law and son-in-law come from families of European decent. Why are we saying NO to this one group? 

What about those who helped or are helping with US military action forces since 2008? Why now? What if the US had stopped the flow of all Brits in 1790s and 1810s, Mexicans in 1820s and 1920s, Germans after WW1, Japanese after WW2, Koreans after 1950, or Vietnamese after 1965? How many of his staff, Cabinet, and the current Congress wouldnt have existed under these types of constraints?

Pandering to political bias doesn’t help fix the problem that most illegal immigrants come to the US legally and never go home, because the system is understaffed. Fix the system and create pro-peace policies abroad to stem the flow of refugees. By closing the border, companies and investors may limit involvement overseas, thus staggering economic growth. Free trade means open borders. 


Were They Versailles, Geneva, or Munich Talks?

History, Politics

Iran nuclear deal ‘near completion’ BBC news

It is obvious that the Iranian government was not telling the whole truth at the negotiating table. Closed IAEA inspections could prove to be advantageous under the current administration but GOP warhawks are aplenty.
In addition, the US negotiators might have made hallow promises that conservatives won’t support in the US Senate. The main issue, sanctions, would free up Iranian Banks to begin moving monies to and from groups outside of Iran. Granted those monies do move now but the limitations and fluidity of assets of far more restricted.
The Guardian has a good piece on the daily life in Iran for several average citizens here is an excerpt:

Some 770 kilometers north of Zahedan, 60-year-old Ali sells art supplies on Sajjad Boulevard in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city. “There is a fundamental, structural reason why Iran is so broken – financial corruption and organized crime,” he says. “Even if they remove the sanctions and begin selling oil, the money will flow right into the pockets of the fat cats. The economy isn’t going to be fixed so easily. Thirty years ago Iranian leaders were saying that they were ready to rescue the world, but now all of the world has to rescue us.”

However, Iran is not sitting idly by in the region. Just this week news of the Quds Force leadership traveling to Moscow should begin to show how they will treat the completed agreement. Additionally, oil production and sells to China could further escalate tensions as China is beginning to back several other Islamic Regimes in Africa as well.