Opinion

People Over Politics: Secure The Border Now

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Posted: Dec 19, 2018 12:01 AM
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People Over Politics: Secure The Border Now

“We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, and lawfully to become immigrants in this country.”

“Illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple.   Until the American people are convinced that we will stop future flows of illegal immigration, we will make no progress on dealing with the millions of illegal immigrants who are here now and on rationalizing our system of legal immigration. …People who enter the United States without our permission are illegal aliens and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who entered the U.S. legally.”

Based on the recent media bluster attacking Republicans for supporting effective border security measures, you probably think that the above quotes are from Republicans like President Trump or conservative stalwarts like Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows, Ted Cruz or Mike Lee.

If you guessed someone like one of the aforementioned Republicans you would be wrong, and wildly wrong at that.  The above quotations are attributable to none other than Democrats Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer, respectively.

That’s right, Obama and Schumer made those statements and, in fact, they made many more statements in that same vein over the last 10 to 15 years. 

Moreover, nearly all national Democrats currently on the political scene have made similar comments repeatedly throughout their political careers.  Yet today, Democrats have embraced a radical and dangerous agenda centered on unfettered, open border policy that will necessarily decimate our national sovereignty in coming years.

Make no mistake; however, border security is national security.  Every day we leave our borders open we allow drugs, crime, and human trafficking to flow freely into our country, leading to the further deterioration of our cities and rule of law.

Consider that this year alone, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has deported more than 256,000 illegal aliens, including approximately 6,000 suspected or known gang members.

Also consider that according to senior Border Patrol officials, between 70 and 75 percent of the “migrant caravan” that we’ve all heard about for months on end are classified as single adult men.  That’s right, only a small minority of the caravan is composed of women and children.  Furthermore, the caravanners have refused multiple asylum and resettlement offers throughout their journey, leading many to believe that these are not refugees at all, but rather invaders seeking to exploit the loopholes in U.S. immigration law.

As Chuck Schumer said, “illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple.”   We cannot, must not, allow the willful degradation of our nation’s borders and in the process, our sovereignty.   

As much as modern Democrats and the leftist media don’t like to admit it, building a “big beautiful wall with a big beautiful door,” as Trump so perfectly puts it, is in fact, the most pragmatic and effective way to nearly eliminate the illegal alien crisis plaguing America’s southern border.

The truth is that walls work, which is precisely the reason that Barack Obama, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Dianne Feinstein all have walls protecting their homes* valued at a combined more than $57 million.

I recently toured the vast expanses of unsecured southern border with a high ranking Border Patrol official who shared that, when surveyed, 95% of Border Patrol agents supported building the border wall.  Yes, you read that correctly… 95 percent of boots on the ground border agents support the wall.

Despite the proven effectiveness of walls, Democrats will surely say I’m just fearmongering and hyperbolizing the situation. Well, let’s look at the facts. 

In my home state of Arizona, an illegal alien is twice as likely to commit a crime compared to a natural born citizen. Each year 90% of all heroin and fentanyl and more than 10,000 child sex slaves are trafficked across our southern border.

There are more than 50,000 illegal aliens in America’s federal prison system and illegal immigration as a whole financially burdens our nation to the tune of more than 100 billion dollars annually.

The $25 billion cost to build the wall is bargain-basement pricing when we have the perspective granted by comparing it to the $100 billion annual price tag of allowing the problem to persist.

So the question we must ask ourselves as a nation is, why.  Why are Democrats fighting tooth and nail to open our borders to unchecked mass migration when their own words have previously made the argument against such action?

The answer is sadly both simple and disheartening.  Above all else, Democrats care about the accumulation and centralization of power.  In order to accumulate the amount of power they desire, they must create a permanent underclass of government-reliant lemmings who will blindly vote Democrat for generations to come.

Simply stated, Democrats view illegal aliens as their silver bullet to ensure they maintain their death grip on the levers of power in our nation for generations, even centuries, to come.

Sensible Americans must join with President Trump and demand that Congressional Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell do their job by securing our southern border immediately.  We must band together to tell Congress to work through Christmas and pull all-nighters if necessary, but their only priority between now and December 31st should be to put people over politics and secure our nation by securing our borders—build the wall now.

For in the words of Barack Obama, “we simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, and lawfully to become immigrants in this country.”

*The wall is either located around the home or community.

Jake Hoffman is a conservative political commentator and the founder, president and CEO of Rally Forge, one of the nation’s top conservative digital communications and media strategy firms.