Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior senator from New York and rumored presidential hopeful, is trying to change the narrative on immigration to label anyone opposed to chain migration as a racist. Gillibrand visited “The View” on Monday to allege the phrase “chained” migration is a “racial slur,” a move seemingly aimed at shutting down conversation about the policy. The absurd thing is that she calls chain migration “chained” migration! Who does that? Well, apparently the democrats think their supporters are as dumb as a stump because Dick Durbin (see video below) also said that “chain migration” hurts African-Americans. Unreal!
“Let’s be very clear, when someone uses the phrase chained migration … it is intentional in trying to demonize families. Literally trying to demonize families and make it a racial slur,” Gillibrand said. “It’s not right.
“And so we have to change the debate,” she insisted. “These are people, these are families, and as elected leaders the way I look at it I’m going to fight for your child and these children as much as I’m going to fight for my own. That is our job as elected leaders, to fight for these kids.”
IS SHE FOLLOWING DURBIN’S LEAD?
Dick Durbin doubles down…During a press conference on Friday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) recalled how he told President Donald Trump that the term “chain migration” was offensive. We kid you not!
Durbin said he took offense to something the president said: “When we came to the issue of, quote, ‘chain migration,’ I said to the president, ‘Do you realize how painful that term is to so many people?'”
THIS IS A HUGE STRETCH:
“African-Americans believe that they migrated to America in chains, and when you speak about chain migration, it hurts them personally,'” he recalled. “He [Trump] said, ‘oh that’s a good line.'” Read more: WFB
As it turns out, Senator Durbin’s own website refers to “chain migration”. Did Senator Durbin pull this one out of a hat like he did with the “sh*thole”comment? We can’t believe a thing this crooked politician says.
American Mirror reports:
Chain migration, one of several areas of the current immigration system the Trump administration wants to reform, is a term that’s been used for a long time, and it doesn’t have anything to do with race.
One of the earliest references to chain migration came from John S. MacDonald and Leatrice D. MacDonald, in a scholarly journal 1964 article titled “Chain Migration Ethnic Neighborhood Formation and Social Networks.”
“Chain migration can be defined as that movement in which prospective migrants learn of opportunities, are provided with transportation, and have initial accommodation and employment arranged by means of primary social relationships with previous migrants,” they wrote.
In other words, chain migration involves individuals moving to the country with the help of other family members, regardless of their race.
Gillibrand’s comments, apparently, are part of a broader strategy by Democrats to paint anyone who uses the phrase chain migration as a racist.
The Washington Examiner points to a 1982 article in The New York Times about families moving from Michigan to the Southwest.
“’Chain migration’ is what demographers have called the process; it helped settle the country and now it is helping the country rearrange its demographic center of gravity, pushing it south and west,” according to the NYT.
The Times also published an article about Arab immigrants in 1978 that referenced chain migration.
“They were followed by Yemenites, Iraqis. Syrians and others, each following in the footsteps of a brother, an uncle or a father who had gone ahead, setting up what anthropologists call ‘chain migration,’” the Times reported at the time.
There’s also a 2008 article in the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education by Patricia Perez, subtitled “A Social Capital and Chain Migration Analysis,” the Examiner reports.