Show Summary: Trump’s promises on trade and immigration reform were central to his campaign—and to his victory. Will he fulfill those promises?
Air Dates: March 4 & 5, 2017 | William Gheen & Tom Stumo
There were two hot-button issues that were central promises Trump made during his campaign: fixing illegal immigration and getting us out of bad trade deals. We’ve seen the swamp’s alligators already fight back against Trump’s executive order on illegal immigrants, just imagine what will happen once he starts taking actions to renegotiate on trillion-dollar trade deals—which incorporate immigration policies.
We know what bad trade deals look like: the TPP. The Trans Pacific Partnership would have, among other things, done away with American sovereignty. It would have made our laws subject to a foreign court. But what would good trade deals look like?
We talk with Michael Stumo, the CEO of Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) to understand what effective trade policies look like — and how our politicians have sabotaged U.S. interests, whether wittingly or unwittingly. CPA is a coalition of agriculture, manufacturing and organized labor associations, companies and individuals. CPA’s mission is to develop policies to balance U.S. trade, maintain U.S. sovereignty, and develop an effective national production and economic strategy.
But first we talk with William Gheen of ALIPAC about another of Trump’s promises: fighting for legal immigration. We found out how President Trump is doing on fulfilling his promises and what people ought to be doing to make sure he does.
President Trump, in his speech to Congress, mentioned a “merit-based immigration system,” similar to what Canada uses. Is this something the U.S. should use? Tune in to hear the merits of the merit based system and how this could be a step in the right direction to radically transform our current system, which rewards family ties over real contributions to society.
William Gheen (Segments 1–3)
- Trump immigration position paper (pdf)
- Biz owners defend firing no-shows on a Day without Immigrants (Twitter Link)
- Another of Donald Trump’s promises: forms agency to publish list of crimes by immigrants http://ow.ly/bt8F309tATH
- At Least 180 Companies Already Want To Help Trump Build The Wall http://ow.ly/7SO9309s1Ij via Daily Caller
- Conservatives Wary of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s Past Advocacy for Immigrants via NewsMax.
- Court Officer in Oregon, Helped Illegal Alien Dodge Arrest, Repatriation (Breitbart, Mar. 1, 2017)
- Canada’s merit-based immigration system (USA Today, Mar 1, 2017)
- How Trump’s Merit-Based Immigration System Might Work (NY Times, Mar 1, 2017)
Michael Stumo (Segments 4–6)
- Video: Michael Stumo discussing WSJ article on Trump’s trade ideas
- Ryan, Bannon Forge Unexpected Alliance on Border Tax (Newsmax, Mar. 1, 2017)
- Trump Budget Plan Draws Strong Opposition From Republicans (Newsmax (Mar. 1 2017)
- New White Paper on Donald J. Trump’s Economic Plan (Sept, 2016)
- Reforming The U.S. China Trade Relationship To Make America Great Again (pdf, N/D)
- Trump’s promises to be ‘More Aggressive’ on Trade, US Sovereignty (Newsmax Mar. 1, 2017)
- European stocks cling onto their highest level in a year (Market Watch, Mar. 2, 2017)
- Wanda’s Dick Clark deal shaky, but not yet dead: sources (Reuters, Feb. 21, 2017)
- Coal mining begins seeing revival as Trump gives industry hope (Fox News, Mar. 1, 2017)
- Russia’s Economy in 2017 (Geopolitical Monitor, Jan. 11, 2017)
- 21st Century Trade Agreement Principles (Coalition for a Prosperous America)