By now many of us know what a declined detainer is, but how you define what it means depends on how you feel about law enforcement. Democrats might say that a declined detainer is how cities prevent federal authorities from persecuting immigrants. Republicans would more likely call it a dangerous sanctuary city policy of letting the bad guys go before ICE can nab them.
We should be frustrated and disturbed by questions asked during a recent White House press conference. The issue was whether a deported woman was a threat:
Q I know you’re familiar with the case in Arizona of the mother, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos. Is she a threat to this country?
MR. SPICER: I’m going to leave that up to ICE.
Democrats won’t see the humor in a big U.S. auto manufacturer hanging up plans for production in Mexico. They won’t admit that they have already handed us the solution to manufacturers leaving the U.S. for cheap labor elsewhere. Cheap labor is already here. We can thank ridiculous policies that only make sense to those who are too wrapped up in liberal self-indulgence to see the big picture and question its validity.
What a sorry question to have to answer: are Mexicans criminals, rapists, and drug dealers or are they hard-working, long-suffering Hispanics who only want to help us make America better? California, the state with the largest Hispanic population, will decide on Tuesday. Primary voters can choose between two positions on an issue that has little to do with running the country and everything to do with inflaming the people over a painful, divisive problem.
How angry should we be with members of the House and Senate who don’t apologize to the American people now that San Francisco’s sanctuary city status is suddenly new news because of a murder? Public decision makers will frame what happened as a problem caused by the failure to pass sweeping immigration reform legislation. They will ignore the fact that efforts to clamp down on big city refusals to enforce federal law have been rejected for years, with predictable consequences.
Do you think that out of control progressivism is responsible for the stupidity over amnesty that has been dominating the U.S. political scene? It’s not quite that complicated. Liberal politicians are pandering to people who have embraced cowardice as a way of life because they are easy marks. The problem is that America doesn’t want more cowards.
If you want to see how angry Americans create change, have a look at what’s happening in Murrieta, California. California may be the only state less likely than Barack Obama’s home state of Illinois to sprout grass roots protests against his immigration abuses. Now we know that even liberal California has a boiling point when people are pushed too far.
Sadly, bipartisan means the opposite of what it meant in politically happier times on Capitol Hill. Now it means baiting the opposition into doing something that seethes with partisanship. This has never been more excruciatingly obvious than with two of the biggest partisan charades we have seen in years. On one hand, we have Democrats fighting tooth and nail to not participate in a House probe of what happened in Benghazi even though they will blame the investigation for not being bipartisan.