Immigration Law Avoidance-Stall Tactic: Scott Walker provided me with that epiphanic moment; Republicans never try to solve problems, they just pass their own theoretical agenda and ignore the rest.
And taking care of the border first, securing that, like Trump's ridiculous wall, was an obvious excuse not to solve anything about work visas, Dreamers, asylum seekers, and other tough topics that requires them to do their jobs as elected officials. Forget that.
Trump's brutal immigration and trade policies are impacting farm communities in every way, with no signs of ending.
Gee, maybe if Trump heavy-breathers didn't see their typical South American immigrant....
BELLINGHAM, Minn: The Mulder Dairy is clouded by doom. Kelsey Mulder milked his father’s herd of 170 Holstein cows ... (and he) is counting the days until the United States of America – the only country he's ever known - forces him to leave. “That’s hard to accept,” Kor Mulder said, “very hard to accept.”
Eighteen years ago, Kor Mulder and his former wife brought their two sons - ages two and three - from their native Holland to the open spaces of western Minnesota to start a dairy farm. With an E-2 Visa in hand, Mulder saw in the U.S. freedom and opportunity.
He hoped that if he paid his taxes and invested in his community, a nation built by immigrants would one day open its arms to his family and grant permanent status. “Boys go to school, I don’t live on welfare, then you would think you could eventually make it work to permanent residency. That’s logical thinking,” Kor Mulder said.
But Mulder’s hopes have repeatedly been thwarted by rigid immigration rules. Now Kelsey - weeks from his 21st birthday – must, according to those same rules, return to Holland. In June he’ll go back to a language he doesn't speak and a country he barely knows. “I prefer the gravel roads of western Minnesota, that's for sure,” Kelsey Mulder said. And Kelsey will not be the first Mulder to go. Garion, Kelsey's older brother, was forced off the farm and back to Holland last year.
With both his boys in Europe – and unable to run the dairy alone – Kor Mulder sees only one course: liquidating his farm and returning to Holland too.
He wonders how new immigrants from other nations can seemingly swiftly find a path to citizenship, while he’s toiled on his farm for nearly two decades, done everything asked of him by the U.S. government, yet still feels treated like an outsider. After tens-of-thousands of dollars spent over the years on immigration attorneys and applications, Mulder and his sons have found no workable path to permanent status in the United States.
“The other day I heard President Trump say we like people to come to America, invest in our country. Here I am,” Mulder said.
“This is people who have come and earned their place here as far as I'm concerned,” Chris Anderson added. Jim Barthel stood with his wife Carrie, each wearing matching black jackets with the logo of seed corn company. “I've been farming alongside Kor for almost 20 years and I couldn't get a better neighbor, he's the best there is.” Jim Barthel said raising his voice. “We like him, we want him here.” A change.org petition started by a Mulder family friend has collected more than 2500 signatures.
Residents of Lac qui Parle county have written letters to their state and federal elected representatives – all to no avail. “They all do understand, they all sympathize - it's not right,” Kor Mulder said of the politicians with whom he’s pleaded for help. “Do something about it!,” he added in frustration. “I can’t”
As the days continue to tick off the calendar, the life Kor Mulder has built unravels in an immigration system pulling his farm and family apart.