Theirs is, in the abstract, the quintessential American story. Migrants who arrived from the former Soviet Union at age 3 who’ve since dedicated their lives to serving their new country.
…In the estimation of the Trump administration, though, that famous poem has often been waved away — sometimes literally. In August, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, was …[asked] “Would you also agree that Emma Lazarus’s words etched on the Statue of Liberty, ‘Give me your tired, give me your poor,’ are also a part of the American ethos?”
…“They certainly are,” he replied: “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.”
…When news of Vindman’s expected testimony broke on Monday night, the reaction from Trump’s normal defenders was remarkably uniform: Vindman was suspect because he came from what is now Ukraine.
…“Here we have a U.S. national security official who is advising Ukraine while working inside the White House, apparently against the president’s interests”
…“I find that astounding,” said John Yoo, who worked in the George W. Bush administration. “And some people might call that espionage.”
Yoo, [who is an evil, heartless, draconian, unamerican piece of shit] who wrote post-9/11 legal opinions for Bush that were used to justify torturing terrorism suspects, is an immigrant from South Korea.
…Sean P. Duffy (R-Wis.) [in apparent defiance of the objective fact that defending Ukraine IS United States policy said of Vindman] “…It seems very clear that he is incredibly concerned about Ukrainian defense,” Duffy said. “I don’t know that he’s concerned about American policy, but his main mission was to make sure that Ukraine got those weapons.”
(Of course, Ukraine’s defense is still U.S. policy.)
…“We all have an affinity to our homeland where we came from,” Duffy continued. “Like me, I’m sure that Vindman has the same affinity … to our homeland where we came from. …He has an affinity, I think, for the Ukraine. He speaks Ukrainian. He came from the country and he wants to make sure they’re safe.”
…The reaction to Vindman, though, reveals a fundamental hypocrisy in the Trumpian approach to immigrants. What Trump prioritizes in migrants who come to the United States is self-sufficiency and assimilation. He prefers migrants from Europe over Africa or the Middle East. What he wants is Alexander Vindmans — until Alexander Vindman points out where the loyalties of Trump himself might be questionable.