The Patriot Post® · Dems Enraged at Trump's Plan to Send Illegals to Sanctuary Cities
Conservative icon Ben Shapiro once wrote that President Donald Trump’s superpower “is that he can irritate people into doing the dumbest things imaginable.” At the time he was speaking of Trump’s trolling of Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren until she took a DNA test to prove her claims of Native American ancestry, and instead proved that she was, at most, 1/1024th Native American, and therefore a fraud.
Last week, President Trump didn’t just throw gas on the fire of the illegal-immigration debate, he backed up a tanker truck to the fire and opened the valves.
When word leaked out of an internal White House discussion as to the wisdom and feasibility of taking captured illegals and transporting them to sanctuary cities, obstructionist Democrats went (more) insane, enraged that Trump would dump illegals on their doorsteps. In response, Trump tweeted, “The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy — so this should make them very happy!”
Democrats, having lost their collective minds, exposed not only their abject hypocrisy, but their cynical politicization of an issue that is deeply impacting and harming millions of Americans.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, suddenly terrified of seeing thousands of illegals in her front yard, self-righteously declared Trump’s threat “unworthy of the presidency,” calling the idea “cruel,” “warped,” and “despicable.” Of course, when illegals jumped Pelosi’s fence last year, she didn’t invite them into her living room, she had cops haul them off.
Other Democrats were equally terrified. Democrat Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker declared that busing illegals to sanctuary cities would “make us less safe.” New York Rep. Jerry Nadler protested that Trump had “no right” to do so. Seattle’s mayor called Trump a “despot.”
The Wall Street Journal editorial board points out legitimate problems with President Trump’s plan. While the constitutionality of the plan can be debated, there are other unintended consequences that could undermine it. With the 2020 census just around the corner, transporting tens of thousands of illegals to Democrat-heavy districts could actually result in more seats in Congress after reapportionment. The WSJ also argues that busing illegals to “sanctuary” cities would lend legitimacy to the idea that cities and states can defy federal immigration law and enact their own policies on immigration.
On the other hand, one would have to be utterly blind to avoid the glaring double standard. Democrat-controlled cities and states refuse to enforce federal immigration law, even going so far as to actively assist illegals in evading federal authorities. So it seems a bit disingenuous to argue that Trump is breaking the law by offering to give them exactly what they have asked for. And what other segment of the population can break laws with impunity and not only go unpunished but be rewarded?
Some believe this is a political stunt by Trump, but others believe Trump has every intention on following through. Trump also declared, “The USA has the absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities. We hereby demand that they be taken care of at the highest level, especially by the State of California, which is well known or its poor management & high taxes!”
Regardless of whether this threat is enacted as policy, Trump has dealt Democrats another blow politically, exposing their rank hypocrisy.
Democrats repeatedly declare there is no border crisis, and attack Trump when he claims illegals are responsible for tens of thousands of cases of assault, rape, murder, and other crimes against American citizens. Democrats claim illegals are all just hard-working people looking to make a better life in America. They claim illegals commit crime at lower rates than native-born Americans, are a net benefit to the economy, and make us a better country by making us more diverse.
If all that is true (and, to be fair, it often is), why are “progressive,” open-borders Democrats terrified of Trump’s plan? One would think they’d be eager to usher tens of thousands of these wonderful, law-abiding (except for the whole illegally crossing the border thing, and the identity theft, and the other crimes) people into their cities.
The truth is that Democrats could not care less about the plight of these poor immigrants. In 2009-2010, with Barack Obama in the White House and Democrats holding supermajorities in both houses of Congress, the Democrats made no effort to deal with the decades-old immigration problem.
Why? Because illegal immigration is far more useful to Democrats as a bludgeon against their Republican foes. If President Trump is able to secure the border and get an immigration-reform package through Congress, then the crisis is solved, and they can no longer accuse Republicans of being heartless and racist.
In the meantime the crisis gets worse. In the El Paso sector alone, the Border Patrol apprehended 71,063 illegals from January to March 2019, compared to “just” 10,975 in the same time frame in 2018, a 647% increase. The Border Patrol is overwhelmed, unable to keep up with the waves of migrants flooding the border. The waves of illegals leave rivers of trash in their wake, and unlike legal immigrants who have to undergo medical screenings, illegals are bringing with them diseases long ago eradicated in the United States.
Congress must fix our nation’s broken immigration system, but until it does, President Trump should do all within his power to enforce the law and protect the American people.