A couple nights ago, the president Tweeted:
“…Mexico must apprehend all illegals and not let them make the long march to the United States or we will have no other choice than to Close the Border and/or institute Tariffs. Our country is FULL.”
Did you hear the sound of muffled laughter coming from Mexico City?
- We send troops to the border – for administrative duties. Then they’re withdrawn.
- The president declares he’ll declare a national emergency. After playing with that idea for a while, he decides the time isn’t right.
- Then things are so dire that he’ll shut the border. Then he won’t. Then he may if Mexico doesn’t shape up. The pendulum is swinging so fast it’s become a blur.
- So far this year more than 80 miles of “border-barrier” have been built, with another 450 miles planned by the end of 2020. That may stop a few of the lame and the vision-impaired.
- The president has visited the border more often than he visits Mar-a-Lago. We know he’s concerned – unlike his predecessors. But, as my father used to say: “That an 50 cents will get you a cup of coffee in a cheap restaurant.” (He said it a long time ago.)
In the meantime:
- They’re coming at the rate of 100,000 a month. Those are the ones we catch.
We’ve run out of beds in detention centers. Except for the most dangerous, as soon as the invaders are processed, they’re fitted with an ankle-bracelet and given a court date — which 90% will ignore and vanish into the immigrant population.
- These uninvited guests make up 21% of the federal prison population alone.
- There are 730,000 behind bars in state and federal prisons. They’re responsible for 7.5 million offenses, including: 500,000 assaults – 133,800 sex crimes – 33,300 homicides and 24,200 kidnappings. Incarcerating them costs $2.5 billion a year.
- Since 2009 heroin seizures at our southwestern border almost tripled.
Overall, President Trump has done wonders in two years. He’s given us a robust economy. Taxes are down. Unemployment is down. He’s liberated domestic energy production. He’s appointing scores of constitutionalists to the federal courts; their impact will be felt for decades.
But when it comes to the greatest threat to our survival we face; the president puts posturing above policy. We are losing our language, our culture and our country – while Trump Tweets merrily away.
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