The government shutdown is over – for now – but the political ramifications are still being sorted out. The media has been chortling that Donald Trump “caved,” and he may well have lost this battle with Congressional Democrats. Their “victory,” such as it is, is to notify American voters that they are so opposed to a wall and a secure border that they were willing to keep the government shut down for four weeks to ensure it doesn’t happen.
Trump has thus exposed the Pelosi-Schumer Democrats as being hopelessly soft on illegal immigration. Some Democrats are starting to wonder whether they have dug their own political grave for 2020. This is why in recent days Congressional Democrats are screaming from the rafters that they are for border security – just not the way Trump wants to do it.
The reality is far from this spin. At the start of the shutdown, the Pelosi crowd was saying “there is no border crisis,” and “a wall is immoral.” But actions really do speak louder than words, and every response to illegal immigration over the past decade proves they don’t want it stopped. Democrats have done everything possible to openly encourage illegal immigration.
Start with the 2018 midterm campaigns. The rallying cry of many prominent Democrats running for Congress was “abolish ICE,” the federal border patrol agency. This wasn’t a position way outside the mainstream of Democratic thinking but was embraced by the new darling of the party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the latest Democrat presidential aspirant, Kirsten Gillibrand, a senator from New York.
So the party that doesn’t want a wall and doesn’t want border agents is now trying to convince Americans that they really want border security. Right. And Bill Cosby is a woman’s rights advocate.
One of the Democrats’ objections to the wall, and it is a legitimate point, is that about half of the illegals come in legally and simply overstay their visas. A wall won’t stop those illegals from coming. To stop them requires “internal enforcement” of the immigration laws. Democrats say they favor those measures.
Where? When? How?
Most Democrats have long been supportive of the policy of “catch and release.” This means tens of thousands of illegals are basically released back on to the streets after apprehension. That’s some deterrence.
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