“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” —George Washington (1783)
In 2016, Donald Trump campaigned and won his presidential bid in part on his promise to reform our immigration system. That reform included, finally, a wall on our southern border, and repeal of Barack Obama’s illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which ostensibly provided “temporary” deferral from deportation for those who entered the country illegally as minors but which was in fact a de facto amnesty.
On the heels of Trump’s remarkable first-year achievements — despite the Leftmedia’s all-out war on him — the president is now taking on immigration. His stated aim is to tackle border security, fix DACA, and end the ruinous “chain migration” and “diversity lottery” programs.
Democrats and Republicans have kicked this can down the road for decades, though the Trump administration has curbed illegal border crossings and illegal immigration in general. Not since President Dwight Eisenhower’s “Operation Wetback” (yes, that was the name of Ike’s program to deport millions of illegal aliens) has any administration seriously dealt with illegal immigrants.
At present, it’s estimated that there are more than nine million illegal immigrants in the U.S., including more than eight million in the labor force. The bulk of these migrants came across our border illegally, but 40% entered legally and overstayed their visa expirations. Almost 60% reside in just six states, California and Texas being the largest “hosts.”
There are many reasons why immigrants would want to flock to our great nation — but they are net consumers of taxpayer services, costing federal, state and local governments more than $8,000 per person annually. That totals more than $135 billion a year, primarily for “free” education ($46B), medical services ($29B), law enforcement ($23B) and welfare ($9B).
Of course, the human cost of violent assault and murders by illegal aliens is incalculable — and those apprehended now make up 22% of federal prison inmates. According to analysis of the U.S. Sentencing Commission by Tucker Carlson, “Non-citizens account for 22 percent, more than a fifth of all federal murder convictions, 29 percent of drug trafficking convictions and 72 percent of convictions for drug possession, 33 percent of money laundering convictions and 18 percent of fraud convictions. Meanwhile, the non-citizen percentage of the American people? About 7 percent.”
Illegal immigrants pay approximately $19 billion in taxes, and thus the net cost to American taxpayers is about $116 billion. The net taxpayer cost over the lifetime of an illegal immigrant laborer’s stay is approximately $231,000.
While the cost to taxpayers is important, the real issue is whether we are a nation defined by laws and borders or a nation defined by Democrat political agendas.
The Trump administration has rightfully rescinded the amnesty rollover for these illegal aliens but, predictably, a San Francisco district judge ruled the administration could not rescind the perpetual rollover of DREAMer deferrals, prompting the administration to bypass the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and take the case directly to the Supreme Court.
That judgment and appeal was timed to coincide with the administration’s negotiations on comprehensive immigration reform with Democrats in order to avoid a government “shutdown” on Jan. 20. (It’s worth noting that these shutdowns are fake — nothing more than a paid vacation for “non-essential” government workers — and the GOP invariably is blamed.)
While the Trump administration has curbed illegal border crossings and illegal immigration, and is challenging so-called sanctuary cities and sanctuary states, not to mention the anchor baby myth, comprehensive reform is a major hurdle.
House Republicans have delivered their immigration bill, encompassing much of what Trump is seeking, while the Democrat proposals will, of course, keep the floodgates open and cost taxpayers billions.
After the 2012 presidential election, Democrats began to change their tune on illegal immigration.
What’s behind the change?
A few years ago, when the Democrats were still concerned about their blue-collar and union worker constituencies, whose jobs and wages have been deflated by unmitigated illegal immigrant labor inflation, their immigration proposals were all smoke and mirrors — fake political play for Latino and Hispanic voters that actually protected their traditional constituencies.
Now, however, as their lower and middle class voter ranks are hemorrhaging, Democrats are turning their backs on those groups in an effort to open a more promising voter constituency pipeline — Latinos. And labor unions, whose member rolls have also been hemorrhaging, see these largely unskilled and low-wage immigrants as their future dues payers.
Democrats now insist that even the combination of the words “illegal immigrant” is “very incendiary.”
Enter Donald Trump’s alleged “s—thole” comment at last week’s Republican/Democrat immigration confab.
While Trump has a propensity to make inflammatory remarks that distract from his agenda, this time the Democrats and their Leftmedia propagandists masterfully seized on the alleged remark to undermine the administration’s immigration reform agenda.
The “s—thole” charade was orchestrated because the political future of the Democrat Partydepends on the wholesale import of immigrants — a population Democrats label a “victim class,” which they can then exploit as a dependent identity constituency and a dependable voting bloc. As Democrats have veered further left, their working-class base has diminished. Rather than pivot their agenda back to the political center, they’ve doubled down on legal status for illegal immigrants, which is to say they’ve just been pandering to blue-collar Americans in order to maintain their power.
Thus, the most effective way to undermine Trump’s immigration and border security proposals is to frame him as a “racist” and then cast his proposals as racist — which the Democrat race hustlers have done, in concert with their MSM amplifiers, ad nauseam.
So, while Democrats are on record as describing these countries as “hellholes” in order to justify immigration, when Trump allegedly uses the term “s—tholes,” he’s a racist? Trump’s remark, whatever its exact wording, was most assuredly related to the corrupt governments and moribund economies of those countries and not about their people.
That notwithstanding, Democrats now insist that words matter.
So let’s take a brief walk down memory lane and revisit some “racist” Democrat words on illegal immigration and border security.
“All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected, but in every place in this country are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That’s why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more, by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens. In the budget I will present to you, we will try to do more to speed the deportation of illegal aliens who are arrested for crimes, to better identify illegal aliens in the workplace as recommended by the commission headed by former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.”
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