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Nancy Smith

Immigration, the Democrats' 2020 Waterloo

July 13, 2019 - 9:30am

As a Republican, I should just sit back smugly and watch. If the Democrats want to keep moving hard left on immigration, I should just keep my mouth shut and let them get on with it.

But if you know me at all, you know I don't keep my mouth shut. So here it is:

Immigration -- that one issue on its own -- will give the White House to Donald Trump  in 2020.

I Beg to DifferI've seen it coming. But why I bring it up now was the release Friday of the latest political nonsense from the blue camp, "Child Separations by the Trump Administration," a staff report prepared for and requested by Democrat Elijah E. Cummings, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. It talks about the Homestead migrant shelter and the whole of the shelter program in what are supposed to be jaw-dropping numbers: 55 children (gasp!) of 2,000 at Homestead, taken from their parents to be housed there. (The remainder arrived in the country unaccompanied.)

This is exactly the kind of report people are beginning to get wise to.

"Child Separations ... etc." deals in numbers. Isolated factoids.

People are smart enough to realize that every one of these 55 kids has a story. He/she is in the shelter for a reason. Maybe there was only a father, maybe the child had been abused on the trip North, maybe one or both of the parents committed a crime, maybe a parent was sick and proximity endangered the child's health. The report doesn't explain the cases.

This is artless political drivel. It isn't even clever. All it does is USE these children to fire up a campaign against Donald Trump. 

It's the same as hearing attorneys who visited the facility proffer their opinions in sound bytes, with no details to back them up -- talking about these "poor abused children" who cry themselves to sleep, who have to walk single-file to class and to the cafeteria, who complain about the food. Voters are finally asking for the whole story. What kind of food are these kids forced to eat? Why is structured discipline like walking in single-file bad for children living together in an overcrowded environment? And crying? Are they crying because of something that happened to them IN the facility? Or because of life experiences we can't possibly know?  

Somewhere down the line, Cummings' report is going to backfire on him, mark my words.

Immigration as a loser-issue for Democrats first hit me in March, when the House  majority pushed through H.R. 1, the “For the People Act of 2019.” Cute name.  But at a time when the voters say immigration is the most important issue facing the nation, political observers are saying bill actually loosens restrictions on voting by illegal aliens. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (theoretically) may prohibit noncitizens from voting in federal elections, but H.R.1 tells them yes, you can vote in local contests like school board elections. Under the Democratic libs, voting in America as a privilege only for American citizens is  inching toward life support.

Then came the second round of the Miami candidate debates.

Every candidate on the stage that second night endorsed government-funded health care, even for people who came to this country illegally. 

Sleeping quarters at Homestead shelter
Sleeping quarters at Homestead shelter
There wasn’t a lot of discussion about increasing detentions -- as happened under the previous Democratic administration -- or increasing funding for border security. In this area, the Democratic candidates could have staked out ground where they disagree with Trump about building a wall, but agree more needs to be done to improve border security. That has been a common position of Democratic candidates in the past, but it wasn’t on display during the debates.

After that -- for me, anyway -- came the poll from Harvard–Harris which found 80 percent of voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting to federal agents the illegal immigrants they come into contact with. Oops. Today's Left loves their sanctuary cities. Meanwhile, much of America, it appears, does not.

Hundreds of cities across the nation -- many with Democratic mayors or city councils -- are refusing to report illegals to the feds. Increasingly unpopular.

Conservative news site BPR points out that Obama’s top Homeland Security official recently made the point in a Washington Post oped expressing his disagreement over the Democratic presidential candidates "indicating at the recent Democratic debates that they would support the decriminalization of border crossings." It calls for "some straight talk on immigration." (My apologies: I can't successfully link the oped because of its pay wall.)

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson wrote, “We cannot, as some Democratic candidates for president now propose, publicly embrace a policy to not deport those who enter or remain in this country illegally unless they commit a crime.

“This is tantamount to a public declaration (repeated and amplified by smugglers in Central America) that our borders are effectively open to all,” he wrote, adding that “we cannot formally decriminalize unauthorized entry into this country.”

Nevertheless, some mainstream media are giving immigration extremists the no-borders cover they're looking for. Have a look at the Huffington Post's "16 Reasons Why Opening Our Borders Makes More Sense Than Militarizing Them."

After the Miami debate, former Vice President Joe Biden set himself apart from the field when he clarified that, although he appeared to be in agreement with decriminalizing border crossings, he actually wants to see it kept a federal offense. But wait. In a foreign policy speech Thursday in New York City, he flipped. Biden declared, “I respect no borders, and cannot be contained by any walls.”

This isn't our father's Democratic Party, folks. Moderates have been purged, conservative Democrats are nonexistent, and the party's leaders seem intent on turning it into a party of hard socialism as quickly as possible. Bottom line is, the immigration issue -- even more than the blues' shameful antipathy for the Second Amendment -- is bringing that reality home to the voters.

Reach Nancy Smith at nsmith@sunshinestatenews.com or at 228-282-2423. Twitter: @NancyLBSmith

Comments

It seems past time to shut down the fascist racist terrorist organisation known as the Democrat party.

Trump and his TrumpNutz are racists. No question there. But, If - IF - the majority of the voters also turn out to be racists and re-elect Trump - then you're right - the immigration issue will have been the Democratic party's Waterloo. Currently, just about a third of American voters are non-white ... but that will change in time and non-white voters will become the majority ... and then the racist shoe will be on the other foot. Good luck to the white nationalists when that occurs!

Hopefully the new majority won't be fascists like you and your party.

Check your Funk & Wagnall's for the definition of "fascist", Virginia! Trumpolini is right there!

Apparently you checked your two brain cells in at the door before you made that post. We had a world war to defeat the fascism of national socialists like those being produced by the democRAT party.

The problems with your arguments are many. I agree Dems have dropped the ball on the bigger picture. There is definitely a crisis at the border, but not some crazy infiltration crisis, but an asylum crisis. Instead of diverting all that money to build a meaningless wall, Trump should have been diverting that money to CBP, the courts and shelters to deal with the humanitarian crisis. Criminal immigrants should be deported and have no amnesty. Another crisis is looming, there are already wide spread accounts of extreme shortages of agricultural workers to assist with working fields and picking. Pretty soon there will be no one left to bring crops to markets, and with the major hits to farming under the tariffs, this is likely going to be what loses the presidency (other than being a lying, cheating, colluding, obstructing scumbag) for Trump the Chump...

Why do you say TRUMP should do all these things? Keeping agricultural workers here? Diverting money? Look what you're saying, man (or woman). It's CONGRESS with the power to make immigration policy. The president does what he does because Congress can only run their mouths, they can't get off its behind.

Everyone knows that the democrats feel that if illegals can vote (whether illegally or because they change the law) that they will vote for democrats. This is why the democrat party is willing to lie and cheat on this issue to get as many illegal aliens into the USA as they possibly can. The only asylum crisis we have is that the asylum process is being abused and the democrats are sending teams over the border to train people how to abuse our asylum process. The solution is to keep these people out to begin with - and a wall is a great start. We certainly do not have any "extreme shortages of agricultural workers" and any slight shortages we may have will simply serve to help usher in the next huge phase of agriculture automation. It is interesting however that democrats are willing to enslave (for all practical purposes) illegal aliens into today's version of cotton picking for the chance to get the slaves to vote for them.

Your first sentence is one of the nuttier comments I've seen here in some time.

And yet the word salad of the year award goes to you again.

How come the migrants can organize caravans — but not organize revolts and overthrow their oppressive systems back home? All they have to do is look at decent nearby neighbors Panama and Costa Rica, Colombia and Chile for good ideas. It’s not racism to ask, is it? Venezuela’s “climate” caused 3 million economic refugees to flee to neighbor Colombia — which has the same weather? Central American countries harmed by “climate” while next door Panama and Costa Rica are doing swell — with the same climate?? But yes, we need more cheap labor to build infrastructure while black men are in prison, after not finding jobs taken by illegals. We know Antifa Dem leaders hate America now. But then they turn around and want MORE immigrants to move here to our “racist Trump camps”. Why invite more suffering if they really hate our country? That’s like imagining Nazis and Soviets tearing down their barbed wire fences and welcoming more Jews, Gypsies and gays to come into their camps and gulags. Or FDR inviting more emigres from Japan. Does that make any sense, at all? That’s Dem logic for you.

Antifa is a fascist racist organization.

"Antifa hates" fascists, Jeff, not "America"!. Look up the definition of "fascists" in your Funk & Wagnall's. Trump, McConnell, and the leading and enabling TrumpNutz in Congress fit the definition.

Immigration as a loser-issue for Democrats first hit me in March, when the House majority pushed through H.R. 1, the “For the People Act of 2019.” Cute name. But at a time when the voters say immigration is the most important issue facing the nation, this pernicious bill actually loosens restrictions on voting by illegal aliens.........Copy and Paste...........w­­­­­­­w­­­­­­­w­­­­­­­.­­­­­­­F­­­­­­­o­­­­­­­x­­­­­­­1­­­­­­­2­­­­­­­0­­­­­­­.c­­­­­­­o­­­­­­­m

Speak to your favorite Leftist and notice the flop sweat. Even these fools can see this clown car filled with misfits will never beat our president. Between this immigration farce and the excellent economy, you have a better chance of seeing Elvis than any of these imbeciles getting into the Whitehouse.

The "clown car" is garaged at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Guess you missed the results of the last presidential election. :-)

Appears Ocean Joe and Jack are severely confused and uninformed Snowflakes suffering from TDS

No snow in Florida.

"Nancy", as a Democrat, I totally believe in EVERY word in your column today. And, might I add that Congressman Elijah E. Cummings is far too stupid to have EVER written a comprehensively structured report, like the one noted here, without extensive help by "ghost writers" and "special interests" WRITING IT FOR HIM; Elijah is a mere "puppet" 'trotted out' to reinforce the "racist excuse" utilized by MOST Democrats, "in the face of reason, logic, and common sense", AT EVERY TURN & OPPORTUNITY !

Fat boy, you are no Democrat, but you are a free loading NY Republican living off of the FL Gov't teat... Haul *** back to NY and get a job tiny...

Now tell us with a straight face what the Republican party has turned into. If you have trouble, Adam Putnam can fill you in. Whatever Trump says goes.

Troll

Nancy crawls out of her hole to spew racist sh**.

Troll

Which part is racist? Please name 1 country in the world where one can waltz in and suck the system dry of free food, healthcare, housing college? There is no such country!!!!! Who will be screwed? The middle class American busting their a** to make it! The elite won’t pay, they are insulated and protected! The middle class would be screwed! Wake up and walk away

Thorough, and very well stated.

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