When it comes to political predicaments it’s hard to top having to please everyone on immigration. The obvious solution is to do nothing. That hasn’t worked so well and is a damned no matter what you do scenario. Short of deporting every last illegal by the end of January, Trump will have a hard time pleasing hard liners.
No, the world is not coming to an end. All Trump did was lay out a plan to enforce the border. He didn’t advocate that we use snipers, sharpshooters, or land mines to stop unwary illegals and their DACA-bound kids.
He might as well have.
Instead we got a border wall, which is a pretty benign solution to a very big problem that a fading number of conservatives being criticized as Trump’s base still want to put a stop to.
Mexico and Central America are invading the U.S. thanks to the generous misuse of your tax dollars. Federal help has made being illegal in America easier and better than ever. If you come here and want to stay, chances are you can do it. If you want the government to lend a helping hand, chances are it will.
Stealing from the government used to be a crime. We called it “fraud.” There were all sorts of ways people defrauded the government. They took advantage of welfare benefits, tax and securities regulations, health care entitlements, and a multitude of other laws and programs ripe for abuse.
Now we have a gray area. Let’s call it “allowable fraud.” Left-wing hysteria over helping out undocumented immigrants created a climate where stealing from the government is something we are more likely to reinterpret or ignore outright.
The ICE raids have finally started. We began cleaning house in January, nearly two years after the infamous surprise border surge from Central America.
The outcry has been far out of proportion to the first 121 illegals picked up.1 It’s not as if Jeh Johnson never warned us. He was surprisingly candid, considering how far removals stray from Democratic Party policy.
If all Americans were blessed with a dose of common sense we wouldn’t do a lot of the things we like to do. We wouldn’t eat fast food, drink too much, smoke cigarettes, speed in our cars, visit shady websites, or enjoy any of the other habits we know we shouldn’t indulge. We wouldn’t vote idiots devoid of common sense and simple decency into office, either, but we keep doing it election after election.
There was a time when we prided ourselves on being able to do anything. We watched one of our own walk on the moon. We told Khrushchev to get his weapons out of Cuba – amazing by today’s standards – and he did. We built the Panama Canal. For better or worse, we made the first nuclear weapon.
In the talk a lot, but do little fantasyland of Washington the course of events can easily be changed by political opportunities that have nothing to do with the job at hand. As the National Defense Authorization Act was shepherded through the House last week, the application of the feared anti-immigrant label changed a debate that had absolutely nothing to do with immigrants and everything to do with perpetuating a Democratic lie.