A caravan from Honduras isn’t news. The number of unauthorized Hondurans has exploded over the past decade. What’s new is how they are used against us. There is no length Democrats won’t go to in their quest to bring more dependence to U.S. taxpayers. Their story of bedraggled, beaten-down refugees from Central America culls up lots of sympathy from the left, but how much of what they tell us about the caravan from Honduras stands up to the facts? Not much, according to annual reports from Homeland Security.
Does welfare count when it isn’t cash? That’s the ridiculous question asked by Democrats who oppose a public charge rule update that seeks to keep immigrants off of our public assistance rolls. We were told these people are highly-skilled job creators and entrepreneurs who will come to the U.S. and make us prosperous. Now they need Medicaid and food stamps. Is someone not telling the truth?
Not all Hispanics in America are illegal, poor, or both. Unfortunately, that’s the impression spread by the Democratic Party. When Democrats talk about Hispanic culture during Hispanic Heritage Month they focus on illegal immigration and the hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico. Both issues are favorites for attacking the president. Neither has anything to do with celebrating Hispanic culture in our country.
Until now Democrats were long-time supporters of government workers and labor interests. They just finished blasting the Supreme Court for the Janus public sector union decision and Republican anti-union policies will factor hugely into the coming midterm elections. How do federal officers who are also union members factor into the party’s agenda? That question creates a huge conflict for extremist party members who will be forced to pander to unions and illegal immigrants to bring out the November vote.
We can’t refer to murderers and rapists as “animals” and separating families at the border is a criminal act. These are the rules handed down by Democrats who have chosen the most extreme stance on non-enforcement imaginable. That’s bad news for children in protected immigrant communities who might be a lot safer in federal hands.
The mean-spirited war of words that started after the White House ended TPS for Hondurans ignores the fact that this temporary program has dragged on for 20 years. This isn’t mass deportation despite the disinformation from Democrats. Two decades is long enough and changing the reason Hondurans need sanctuary in the U.S. is not an excuse to keep them here in perpetuity.
ICE’s detention center budget last year was close to $3 billion. Immigration court costs reached $440 million. That’s a lot of money for taxpayers to pay to hear about an unfair, abusive, inhumane system that we wouldn’t need without policies that give immigrants a great excuse to cross our scantily protected border. Instead of questioning the ethics of the detention system we should question why we lure people here only to lock them up because they never got permission. That's a Democratic Party problem and it’s not going to go away any time soon.