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Ever-vigilant President Trump had much to say about immigration Sunday, noting that the thousands of would-be immigrants who continue to flood the southern border have targeted the U.S. economy.

“Everybody wants a piece of it. They’re wiling to come up here and take the risk, face the tremendous danger,” Mr. Trump told Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo.

“The combination of having a great economy and having the weakest immigration laws anywhere in the world by far — we have catch and release and we have chain migration and a visa lottery — we have things nobody in their right mind would have. The problem is we have to register immigrants, we have to bring them to court. Another country just says ‘sorry, you can’t come into our country’ — and they walk them out.”

The president has a point. News organizations and researchers continue to parse U.S. immigration laws, and often compare them with other nations.

Austria, for example, requires applicants for permanent residence to live in the country continuously for a period of 15-30 years; in Switzerland, the requirement is 10 years, in Germany eight years, in Japan five years. This comes from Investopedia, a research publication. Business Insider reports that Qatar also has a 25-year residency requirement; in tiny Liechtenstein, it’s 30 years, as it is in the United Arab Emirates.



“People around the world show little appetite for more migration — both into and out of their countries, according to a massive Pew Research Center survey of 27 nations conducted in the spring of 2018,” the pollster noted in a report released in December which found that 45% of respondents say fewer or no immigrants should be allowed to move to their country; only 14% gave them a thumbs up.

“Worldwide, a record 258 million people lived outside their country of birth in 2017, up from 153 million in 1990,” the Pew survey found.

“Together, the 27 countries surveyed by the Center have more than half of the world’s international migrants. The U.S., with 44.5 million immigrants in 2017, has the largest foreign-born population in the world, followed by Saudi Arabia (12.2 million), Germany (12.2 million) and Russia (11.7 million).”

‘CAN A WOMAN BEAT TRUMP?’

At least five Democratic female lawmakers are in the White House race so far. But a stark question looms.

“Can a woman beat Trump? Some Democrats wonder if it’s worth the risk,” writes NBC News analyst Lauren Egan, recalling the 2016 experiences of Hillary Clinton.

“Democratic strategists say they recognize that many voters are haunted by the 2016 election. Polling data shows an unusually large number of Democratic voters say electability takes priority over values, compared to previous elections. Fairly or unfairly, strategists say, the electability question is one female candidates must answer, and they will have to convince voters that they are just as capable — or more — of defeating Trump as any of the men in the race,” Ms. Egan said.

“Right now there is this fear and concern that we have to pick the safest candidate,” said Adrienne Elrod — former director of strategic communications for Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 campaign. “Unfortunately, that caution does transition into, ‘Can a woman take him on?’”

Kate Manne, a Cornell University philosophy scholar who specializes in gender and politics, also had advice.

“Problems arise when women are trying to run for the presidency, because that is the ultimate masculine-coded authority position and one is subordinate to no one,” she told Ms. Egan.

EDITING BIDEN

The combination of news coverage and politics is confusing, but analysts continue to monitor the finer points. Or the not-so-fine points.

“As far as ABC, CBS, NBC are concerned, Joe Biden’s troubles with touching women are essentially over. At least that’s the impression left when you look at the tiny (1 minute, 52 seconds) amount of time devoted to the former vice president’s grabbiness in their coverage of his campaign’s official launch,” reports Geoffrey Dickens, an analyst for Newsbusters, a conservative press watchdog.

CBS gave it 16 seconds, NBC 46 seconds and ABC 50 seconds. The three networks, however, spent over 13 times as much airtime — a total 27 minutes — on Mr. Biden’s announcement that he would run for the White House.

A NEW YORK MOMENT

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez organized a 5-kilometer race for 398 runners in her home district of Queens on Saturday, calling it a “Family Fun Run” staged during Earth Day week, suggesting it would support her Green New Deal legislation.

“But many of the 400 runners didn’t realize their $30 registration fees were going directly into the lawmaker’s campaign coffers,” reports The New York Post.

“We’re getting together for our own health, for our planet’s health, and to fight for the Green New Deal together,” the freshman Democrat told the participants before they set off.

Yes, well.

“The participants paid more than $11,000 all told. Even kids as young as 3 became unknowing political donors — ponying up $20 fees to join a kids’ one kilometer race. But by fudging the fact that those fees were actually campaign contributions, AOC may have enticed constituents into inadvertently breaking federal election laws. Parents, for example, can’t contribute their own funds in a child’s name,” the Post advises.

DUCK DYNASTY DYNAMICS

New to the media marketplace: “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson and his two sons Al and Jase are now producing a new podcast titled “Unashamed,” to be updated each Sunday and “packed with faith, family, freedom and fun,” notes the elder Mr. Robertson.

“We are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are not ashamed of our way of life, and we will not be silent. All the trappings of the world, the media, and the temptations of fame and wealth are meaningless. People need to stop holding back, softening up the message till it’s unrecognizable. Just tell it like it is, like it’s written. Be what and who you really are in its light. That’s what we’ll do,” he says.

Information can be found at BlazeTV.com/unashamed.

POLL DU JOUR

52% of Americans are planning to take a summer vacation.

26% do not plan to take a summer vacation.

60% of this group say one of the reasons they won’t go on vacation is because they can’t afford it.

21% say they’re “not interested” in a summer vacation; 18% cite health reasons.

16% have “family obligations”; 10% can’t take time off work; 5% have scheduled a vacation at another time.

Source: A Bankrate/YouGov poll of 2,577 U.S. adults conducted March 20-22 and released Friday. Respondents could give more than one reason they do not plan to go on vacation.

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