Selective Separation Anxiety
While Democrats rage about kids at the border, their policies have destroyed black families.
We wonder what the black community thinks listening to the wailing expressed by Democrats over the newest crisis involving the “rights” of people illegally crossing the southern border. You know, the same blacks who’ve been the bedrock voter bloc for Democrats since Lyndon B. Johnson promised he’d use the supposed War on Poverty to “have those n—gers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” In reality, his income redistribution scheme to “end poverty” demolished the intact families of many in the black community and caused poverty in numerous forms.
How long have Americans been told that Congress and the president were going to produce “comprehensive” immigration reform? That campaign promise goes back to the amnesty given to three million illegal immigrants by President Ronald Reagan, who signed the Immigrant Reform and Control Act of 1986. The border security Democrats promised in return never materialized.
Fast-forward four presidents and 32 years through promises, pledges and pontifications of both Democrats and Republicans about the issue — the need to secure the southern border and the priority of a legal immigration system — and there’s nothing to show for it. This yielded President Donald Trump, who was elected primarily because of his tough stance on America’s laughable legal immigration enforcement with the help, surprisingly, of more black voters than GOP nominees in 2008 and 2012.
Huh? More black voters supported Donald Trump — the guy who’s supposedly a racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic, unstable “Hitler”?! Yep. Even in November 2016, a larger number of black voters had become “woke” to the reality that they were being shelved by Democrats, to whom they’ve been loyal for almost six decades, in exchange for a more in vogue victim group — illegal immigrants.
It’s so “yesterday” for Democrats to care for the troubles of blacks when an entire new group of potential voters needs victimhood status to fulfill the standard practice of identity politics in the Left’s playbook. With the Russian scandal not panning out and the economy roaring, a new crisis is needed. Thus the emotional uproar over children temporarily removed from their parents after illegally crossing the border.
Meanwhile, for blacks who live in this nation legally, things are very bad. According to the National Center for Fathering, 58% of black children live “absent their biological father,” compared to 33.7% of all children nationally. In 2012, according to the CDC, 73% of black children were born out of wedlock. The sudden worry that children’s best interests are served when with their parent is pretty interesting, especially given that Democrat policies destroyed the black family. How? By making dads unnecessary. In fact, the government pays women to have children out of wedlock. Are we surprised when that happens more?
If that hypocrisy wasn’t enough, the sudden outrage over immigrant children reeks even worse when Barack Obama’s own secretary of homeland security, Jeh Johnson, admitted Sunday that they “expanded family detention” because “we can’t have catch and release.” The hysterics from the Left fueled by the constant cable news coverage never captured this expanded separation of families beginning in 2014 with the Obama administration, and leftists certainly didn’t fuss when, as Johnson noted of his three-year tenure, “We deported or repatriated or returned over a million people.”
Many of the current members of Congress were in the Senate and House without a peep during this earlier expansion under Obama. These same elected officials also witnessed the largest expansion of food stamp and welfare recipients in our nation’s history. Where were the caterwauls when the black unemployment rate hit 16.8% in March of 2010? Was it of little consequence to black families in our country legally to find it so difficult to work?
And don’t forget that Democrats oppose empowering black parents whose children are trapped in failing schools to have other options through school choice. Worse, Democrats have actually defunded successful programs, like Washington, DC’s Opportunity Scholarship Program that served almost exclusively poor Hispanic and black kids. It’s also Democrats who attack law enforcement and gin up racial tension instead of addressing rampant black-on-black crime and violence that is destroying cities like Chicago and Baltimore. Where needed most, law enforcement efforts have been minimized and rendered less effective due to the “Ferguson Effect” that cultivates an unhealthy environment for law and order.
Why are these items important to mention in recognizing that blacks are the forgotten friends of Democrats? In an October 2016 campaign speech, Trump addressed an audience in Toledo, Ohio, with remarks that included a plan for the black community that included “safe communities, great education and high-paying jobs” with a challenge to black voters: “What do you have to lose?”
With May’s unemployment rate for blacks at a historic low of 5.9%, Trump is delivering on this key promise. Blacks may be reluctant to vote Republican when Democrats are still screaming “racist!” at each one they see, but blacks compare how they’ve fared under Democrats versus Republicans.
Two other areas Trump is also tackling that have significant impact on the black community are criminal justice reform and abortion. One in nine black children has had a parent in prison. Clearly, children, due to no fault of their own, are separated from their parents because of their parents’ poor choices. Further, Dr. Alveda King has observed that since 1973’s Roe v. Wade, the black population has been reduced by about a fourth due to abortion. A black child is three times more likely to be aborted in the womb than a white baby.
The examples of selective separation anxiety are too numerous to cite, yet a fact has emerged. Democrats have overpromised and overreached for half a century with very little to show to blacks for their loyalty.