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Jonathan Blitzer - U.S. Immigration Reform & “Everyone Who Is Gone Is Here” | The Daily Show

Mar 09, 2024
First things first uh, what are you doing to me? I have a family, I have a life, uh, this is a very long book, you don't have to read the notes, the end notes, I didn't have to read the whole thing, no, that's son of a uh what incredibly complete documentation of the causes of the

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crisis uh the discussions that have been going on through multiple administrations uh in your mind what has us trapped in this kind of nightmare copy yeah, I mean, for years and years we have We've seen in this loop how politicians in Washington they say that we cannot pass comprehensive

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because of the border situation and yet the border situation is in a state of chaos because we have not passed comprehensive immigration

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and as a result, the immigration system Asylum at the southern border has borne the brunt of an otherwise failing system and so we are stuck in this loop w

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lawmakers in Washington point to the border to justify their inaction and the border is in the state of chaos that it is.
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Because in Washington, I almost never hear politicians talk about how many people you can absorb. I mean, when you tell me that t

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will be 2 million people who will cross the southern border and that, you know, they will be registered and released. It sounds completely chaotic and a recipe for disaster, but how many people can this country absorb? What do we need for economic growth? What is a better S? I feel like we never talk about it, we just react to images of Chaos, absolutely, I mean we can. I'm not talking about one aspect of the immigration system without looking at the other, so if we're just talking about the southern border, we're missing the whole kind of picture that we need to understand better, but just as an example.
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I know right now, uh, and you don't have to take my word for it, I mean that president, you should, you shouldn't, you're the only one until you read the footnotes. I, you know, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, you know, economists across the country are pointing to the fact that you know immigrant labor has essentially kept this country's economy afloat after the covid years. , then you know that this is the engine of growth, the population is aging. work immigrant labor can be exploited more easily they are paid less it starts to depress the wages of many other people that's not accurate I I I I don't think it's entirely uh I think it's much more accurate uh reasonably accurate well until there's ways to legally absorb an immigrant workforce into the country, there will always be opportunities for employers to exploit the undocumented and in the process reduce labor wages, so the idea is that there must be a thorough reform of the system and the problem is, of course, that in Washington that has been Dead on Arrival for decades and that is why we are in a kind of Doom Loop where the border is the symbol of everything, eh, but obviously, in a kind of common sense, the only The way to address this broader problem is to address all aspects of the system.
jonathan blitzer   u s immigration reform everyone who is gone is here the daily show
This is where you drop us like a little drop of sunshine and say, but here's the good news, yeah, go, go, what's here, no, um, I would say the good news is. That from a political perspective, at least doing some of the things to relieve pressure on the southern border is not much of a mystery to lawmakers. I mean, the problem, of course, is politics, but it doesn't require any great feat of imagination. complexity beyond the imagination of human beings is correct and we do not have to re-stabilize areas that we destabilize to really control it, it is about fixing the influx system.
jonathan blitzer   u s immigration reform everyone who is gone is here the daily show
I mean, I think, in general, you know the only way to deal with immigration trends in the world is to understand the forces in a global context and that means the United States has to be more aware of the consequences of its foreign policy. with which it has to work with its partners in the region, you all know that they are very realistic. When you said you said something about a conscious foreign policy and yes, exactly, I started thinking about you two in the sphere. I don't know what's going on now, but I will say this, you know, one of the ways you know the Asylum reform.
The asylum system specifically is a complex task and I believe that some difficult decisions must be made about how to take into account the population of people who

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up at the southern border and understand what the limits are of the asylum system as it is. we know. but before we get to the point where we have to make these huge sacrifices for a system that I think really should be a central part of American politics for ethical reasons and just for Straight Ahead political reasons, the brand is to say nothing more, um, there are things that could be done basic things like sending more money to the government to hire more asylum officers, more immigration judges, these things sound boring, they sound unstable and, very specifically, the Republicans in Congress are trying to prevent these very direct basic measures from being carried out. funding measures because they benefit from the increased chaos on the southern border, so there are things that could be done and there is no hope until after the election to even address any of that.
I mean, it's pretty overwhelming to see Republicans in Congress right now. They're basically saying we're not going to touch this, I mean, they've said it explicitly, this is not interaction, this is the biggest danger to the United States, maybe ever, and we're not going to do anything because we think it's a big problem. I mean, that's really torturous, yeah and well, and the plot of that was that the nomination administration went to Congress and said we needed more money to increase resources on the southern border, but they were slow on increasing also on absolute terms and then there are a lot of things that could be blamed on the administration of the nomination because they go to Congress, they ask for money that doesn't work because the Republicans say no, no, no, we want to see more changes in the asylum system as we know it , the administration goes to the negotiating table. makes a series of compromises that Democrats weren't comfortable making years ago, I mean pretty significant changes just in their own direction in this conversation, and they finally negotiate this deal.
I mean, this is not just a democratic effort, it's a bipartisan group in the Senate. By doing this before the terms of the deal are even announced, Mitch McConnell is telling his Senate members to listen, they know the politics of this. I think the phrase he used, as reported, was that politics has changed and politics has changed where Trump arrived. against this negotiation and that's why it was very clear, I mean, a very clear calculation was made that we benefit from the situation getting worse, it's very difficult because, you know, McConnell is usually so idealistic that it's hard to see.
He surprised me, he surprised me. It's shocking that you think, damn, selfish politician, that's not the guy. I know

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