- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Critics continue to fuss over U.S. immigration policy. Things are way worse overseas, however. Industrious researchers at the Republican National Committee delved into multiple sources to reveal immigration policies in six other nations.

“Looking at the immigration policies of foreign countries shows how lax America’s immigration system really is,” they concluded.

Consider that in Switzerland, foreigners who wish to become naturalized face a vetting process which can include reciting the names of local cheeses and the stern approval of the local population, the research said. Case in point: One applicant who had lived in Switzerland for 34 years and spoke fluent Swiss-German was rejected by the locals for being “too annoying.” The nation also bars foreigners from naturalization if they have been on social welfare within three years of their application.

Switzerland, along with Denmark and Germany, all have laws allowing officials to seize cash and valuables from asylum seekers “amid concerns that the newcomers could strain welfare systems and undermine the nation’s quality of life.”

The research found that foreign immigrants account for 13.5 percent of the total U.S. population, but only 2 percent of the population in Japan, which has a “strict” naturalization process which only accepts a thousand new naturalizations a year. Japan took in a mere 301 refugees from 1981 to 2002 and accepted only 20 of the 19,628 asylum seekers in 2017.

Austria, meanwhile, requires 10 years of continued residence before granting naturalization; some government officials have proposed subjecting asylum-seekers to a curfew, and mandatory X-rays to determine their real age.

“Canada and the U.S. have reversed immigration systems, with Canada favoring immigrants with economic skills and the U.S. favoring those with family ties,” the research said.

Canada’s application system for skilled immigrants has been compared to “online dating,” where hopefuls supply personal profiles which are ranked based on the applicant’s chance of “economic success and integration.”

The RNC researchers gleaned their information from The New York Times, the Atlantic, BBC News, CNN, Reuters, Politico, the Telegraph, CIA, the Migration Policy Institute, and the Swiss government.

CONSIDERING SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS?

“Was it fair to kick Sarah Huckabee Sanders out of a restaurant?” asks a new YouGov poll, referring to the White House press secretary’s recent expulsion from a Virginia eatery which set off a firestorm of debate and media coverage.

The numbers: 49 percent of the respondents said the request for her to leave was “unfair.” That included 81 percent of Republicans, 53 percent of independents and 32 percent of Democrats. Another 33 percent said the request was “fair”; 12 percent of Republicans, 30 percent of independents and 49 percent of Democrats agreed. The rest were unsure. The online poll of 9,338 adults was conducted on June 26.

OBAMAJAM IN LOS ANGELES

There have been many inquiries about the whereabouts of former President Barack Obama in recent days. At least we’ll know where he is Thursday. Mr. Obama returns to Los Angeles for a high-dollar fundraiser and “gala dinner” for the Democratic National Committee, which includes a performance by Christina Aguilera, among many other things.

It does not come cheap. Tickets range as high as $100,000 for a night that includes photo-ops and personal time with Mr. Obama, who also will raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee in the near future.

“Obama frequently trekked to Los Angeles for fundraisers when he was in office, to the point that his visits coined a new term, ‘Obamajam,’ for city residents grown accustomed to staying away from closed streets and freeways,” writes Ted Johnson, a senior editor for Variety.

PARTING WITH AN OBAMA PAST

A pivotal question from a McLaughlin & Associates poll of 1,000 likely voters: Should President Trump jettison his predecessor’s policies?

They survey found that 47 percent of voters want Mr. Trump to change direction and move away from Obama administration policies. That includes 84 percent of Republicans, 48 percent of independents and 12 percent of Democrats, Meanwhile, 41 percent of voters overall prefer to continue Obama policies, along with 11 percent of Republicans, 32 percent of independents and 77 percent of Democrats.

The rest were undecided. The survey was conducted June 19.

ALL IN THE NAME OF ENTERPRISE

It’s big night for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which stages its annual dinner at a swanky hotel a few blocks from the White House on Thursday. The theme: “Freedom: The Greatest Show on Earth.” The master of ceremonies is National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg, the keynote speaker is none other than Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The event features a true big-top theme this year a source says — with spirited dcor plus a carnival-themed after-party with a circus performer and other specialized entertainment, tempting candy apples and popcorn.

POLL DU JOUR

49 percent of Americans will “definitely vote” in the 2018 midterm elections; 63 percent of Republicans, 47 percent of independents and 58 percent of Democrats agree.

9 percent overall “probably will vote”; 11 percent of Republicans, 9 percent of independents and 10 percent of Democrats agree.

17 percent overall “maybe will vote”; 14 percent of Republicans, 18 percent of independents and 14 percent of Democrats agree.

9 percent overall “probably will not vote”; 8 percent of Republicans, 10 percent of independents and 7 percent of Democrats agree.

16 percent overall “definitely will not vote”; 4 percent of Republicans, 16 percent of independents and 11 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A CBS News poll of 2,063 U.S. adults conducted June 21-22.

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