A quick Saturday night post: a Harvard/Harris Poll (PDF), according to Breitbart, suggests there is substantial support for an “America First” agenda. Such an agenda places the government’s priority as protecting American citizens first and foremost, and includes enforcing immigration laws, pushing for fairer trade via tariffs, and ending open-ended foreign wars.
I’ve written about the rise in economic nationalism before, including a detailed case study from Breitbart. Tucker Carlson’s 3 January 2019 monologue is probably the best defense of an “American First” agenda I’ve ever heard.
Economic nationalism dovetails with immigration in that enforcing immigration laws—and deporting illegal immigrants—would drive up wages for workers domestically. I would also argue that a moratorium on most legal immigration for at least a decade would probably be prudent, to facilitate assimilation.
And, as painful as they would be, mass deportations of any illegal alien, regardless of criminal record, would do much to remove the un-assimilated, and to dissuade further incidences of border hopping.
It seems a good portion of Americans agree with at least some of these assessments. Here is a quotation from the Breitbart piece on the poll:
Across racial lines, the vast majority of white Americans, 79 percent, and black Americans, 75 percent, said they would support a candidate who said they wanted an immigration system that benefited American citizens, rather than foreign nationals.
Similarly, more than 6-in-10 voters said they would be more likely to support a candidate in an election that spoke of the national “emergency with the savage MS-13 gang” that has been largely due to the country’s mass illegal and legal immigration system that has been supported by Republicans, Democrats, the open borders lobby, Wall Street executives, and corporate interests.
It’s encouraging to see solid support for an America First agenda, even if that doesn’t always translate to love for President Trump himself. It does suggest, however, that if he sticks to his original campaign promises—as he has largely done—he is poised to do well in 2020.