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Mark Alexander / February 9, 2018

Bush(43) on Immigrant Cotton Pickers

“This is the magical world of our elites, who have never had to worry about how illegal immigrants might affect them.”

Former President George W. Bush, a man whose tenure as president included some things to be admired, stepped into the immigration debate this week in support of the Democrats’ DACA duplicity and deceit.

Speaking in Abu Dhabi, of all places — the capital of the Kingdom of the United Arab Emirates isn’t exactly famous for its advocacy of human rights — Bush offered this tired and out-of-touch rationale for giving illegal aliens citizenship: “Americans don’t want to pick cotton at 105 degrees, but there are people who want to put food on their family’s tables and are willing to do that. We ought to say thank you and welcome them.”

Seriously, he said that. There may be a grain of truth in that remark, but he should have said “broccoli” instead of “cotton,” because cotton harvesting has been mechanized for more than 80 years.

Tucker Carlson’s assessment of Bush’s remarks hits center mass: “This is the magical world of our elites — people who have never had to worry about how illegal immigrants might affect their kids’ schools, or the crime rates in their gated neighborhoods, or the social cohesion of their communities, because they’re insulated from all of that. Instead, they repeat ‘diversity is our strength’ three times, like a spell, and assume the best will happen. The rest of us, as the former president noted, can say ‘thank you.’”

As respected historian Victor Davis Hanson observed regarding Bush’s assertion, “That was an argument of the 19th century slave owner. It’s not a good argument. It’s not ethically on the right side of history.”

And that’s precisely the argument Democrats are making to ensure their most promising future voting constituency. Recall that most slaveholders in the 19th century were Democrats — so this must still be hidden in their platform somewhere!

The issue of whether illegal immigrants are in violation of our nation’s laws is settled — they are. The issue of what to do with those who have been here for generations is complex, as noted by President Donald Trump in recent weeks. But as the current president endeavors to resolve this issue, which a long list of previous presidents have not, perhaps “W” should keep his cotton-picking opinions to himself. Thank you!

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