What do a death row inmate and a Democrat have in common? When the end is near they do unexpected things. Killers find God. Desperate Democrats worry about spending too much. That’s the kind of absurdity we are faced with as Congress fights over the Trump wall. The cost to taxpayers is suddenly a worry for Capitol Hill spenders who usually regard Americans as a convenience to fund their agenda.
At first I thought the Recognizing America’s Children Act (“RAC”) was a Democratic ploy to keep DACA alive in case President Trump and Jeff Sessions turned their attention to deferred action. Not so. H.R. 1468 is a GOP creation. It’s what a Republican amnesty bill looks like. The RAC Act reads a lot like DACA and has something in common: it talks about children but the people it benefits aren’t kids.
Is there a better reason to build a border wall than the data on illegal reentry of deported aliens? The numbers are going down, but that didn’t stop 15,744 individuals from being convicted of illegal reentry in 2016. 97.7% were sentenced to prison for an average of 14 months.1
We can’t stop deported aliens from coming back to the U.S.
How much abuse of a government system we rely on should we tolerate before we finally say no? We got an answer earlier this month when Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was finally deported for a crime committed years before.
If you are a Democrat money grows on taxpayer trees. When problems that impact citizens conflict with issues like immigration the hot button usually wins.