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Opposition to illegal immigration is not condemnation of the Hispanic community

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Opposition to illegal immigration is not condemnation of the Hispanic community

It is not racist to expect others to not break the law. It is not indecent to point out that the man accused of killing Mollie Tibbetts is an illegal immigrant. It is definitely unfortunate that the Trump administration has become the unofficial representation of what it means to oppose illegal immigration. These three realities have a hard time coexisting in today’s charged political debate.

Mollie’s father, Rob, has asked not to use his daughter’s death to promote a political agenda that she personally opposed.

‘Don’t Use Mollie’ To Push Racism, Says Dad Who Points To ‘Heartless’ Donald Trump Jr.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dont-use-mollie-tibbetts-death-to-promote-racism-says-dad_us_5b8b45dfe4b0511db3d94eb1The father of slain University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts lashed out Saturday at those who are using her tragic death to promote their own political agendas. To do so is “despicable” and “heartless,” Rob Tibbetts wrote, throwing Donald Trump Jr.’s own words back at him in an opinion piece in the Des Moines Register.

Tibbetts said the family was “grateful” to those who respected their pleas to not turn his daughter’s death into a political confrontation.

Out of respect for the family’s wishes, I won’t discuss the crime nor Rob’s daughter. However, there’s a major problem with the way he’s handling this. By framing “racism” as he’s doing in his plea to not politicize the crime or promote an agenda, he’s politicizing the crime and promoting a different agenda.

I’ve personally written before against illegal immigration. I’m a legal immigrant myself as are many of my aunts, uncles, and cousins. I am not racist and would love to see an increase in legal immigrants (gasp!), but NOT until we are able to prevent illegal immigration. That means some of the policies proposed or enacted by the White House actually make sense.

Unfortunately, Rob Tibbetts makes the mistake of pointing out racism that wasn’t there. I’ve read the article by Don Jr. referenced by Mr. Tibbetts. I don’t like Don Jr., but there’s no racism in his article. He rips on the Democrats (which is ironic since he’s a former Democrat himself pretending to be a Republican for pops), but does not overtly nor subtly display racism of any sort in the article.

Donald Trump Jr.: Democrats’ reaction to Mollie Tibbetts’ death is heartless

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/2018/08/31/donald-trump-jr-democrats-reaction-mollie-tibbetts-death-heartless-illegal-immigration-border-wall/1143005002/Liberal media outlets went through great pains to cover the story without actually covering the story. Instead of truthful headlines such as “Illegal immigrant arrested in connection with murder of Mollie Tibbetts,” multiple outlets ran headlines such as “Man arrested in connection to disappearance of Mollie Tibbetts.” They don’t want you to know what happened to her — and they certainly don’t want you to know who is responsible.

Worse still, a number of media outlets and pundits insisted that conservatives and Republicans were “politicizing” Mollie’s murder — an absurd claim coming from the same people who used family separation at the border to call for the abolishment of ICE and jump at the opportunity to exploit any tragedy involving guns to call for the end of the Second Amendment as we know it.

Perhaps Mr. Tibbetts believes Trump Jr. is racist regardless of the article. Maybe he just doesn’t like the tone; it really is a poorly written article and fails to make its points well. Regardless of his beef with Trump Jr or his article, the accusations of racism are unfair. It’s an insertion by Mr. Tibbetts that frames the whole discussion poorly. He made it seem as if those opposed to illegal immigration have a problem with the Hispanic community. That’s simply not true, at least for the majority of conservatives who see no difference between an illegal immigrant coming from Venezuela or England. Either way, it’s breaking the law.

I can’t imagine what the Tibbetts family is going through following this heinous crime. Mr Tibbetts doesn’t want his daughter’s death politicized. That’s fair. But dismissing the foundation of the right’s argument against illegal immigration as purely racist is simply wrong. The vast majority of racists are against illegal immigration, but being against illegal immigration does not make someone racist.

Some of us simply want people coming to our country to do so through legal channels regardless of their race or nation of origin. Saying we’re all racists, as many on the left like to do, is as false as saying something stupid like all Muslims are terrorists.

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If funding for the wall doesn’t come now, it’s not coming any time soon

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The gauntlet has been thrown. President Trump took ownership of the impending government shutdown, saying he won’t sign a CR without wall funding attached. Democrats seem almost giddy about having a shutdown now that the President has claimed it as his own.

If we don’t get the wall funded now, it’s not going to happen for a long time. That could mean two years. That could mean not in our lifetimes.

It could mean never.

Despite the President’s claims of ongoing wall construction and fence upgrades, as well as his claim that the wall doesn’t have to cover the entire 2000 mile stretch of our southern border, we’re still no closer to having real border security than we were two years ago. Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) may be correct when she says this is a “political promise,” but she neglects to point out it’s the promise that won him the GOP nomination and ultimately the White House.

People expect him to keep that promise. Now that he appears to be done with waiting around for funding, Congress is the last obstacle. It isn’t going to get any easier once Democrats take over next session.

If the President sticks to his guns and refuses to fund the government until the wall is funded, we might get to see a wall. If he caves to pressure, the wall is done. We won’t see it now. We won’t see it in the near future. We may never see it at all.

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We need the wall. Tell Chuck and Nancy how you feel.

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We need the wall Tell Chuck and Nancy how you feel

There are many no-brainers that can’t seem to get done in Washington DC. Term limits. Reduction of powers. Balanced budgets. Addressing the national debt. The border wall.

This last one is in our grasp. We have a President who is ready to build it. Republicans on Capitol Hill failed to make it happen while they had the power and they paid the price in the House during the midterm elections. Now, we need to ramp up the pressure. This needs to be funded. Now.

Opposition to the border wall is untenable. We are a sovereign nation that has always embraced legal immigration, but illegal immigration has been one of the greatest threats to our sovereignty and security for too long. Will the wall solve it? No. Will it go a very, very long way towards mitigating the damage and allowing us to focus on additional solutions? Absolutely.

Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi are opposed to the wall. The latter will likely have the power soon to block the wall indefinitely. This cannot be allowed. We need to secure funding and start building the wall in earnest immediately. Not next year. Not after the 2020 election. The opportunity is now and we must take it.

Twitter is the most visible way of letting them know how you feel. If you are on Twitter, let them know by Tweeting this.

If you’re not on Twitter or you want to reach them in other ways, you can do so…

Let them know you are in wholehearted support of building a border wall immediately and any actions they make to block it will not be tolerated. We have the power of our votes. We can express our outrage. We can make them hear us.

Now is not the time for partisan politics. This should be an easy bipartisan issue to solve. The border wall is as blatantly necessary as the air we breath. Spread the word. Make them hear us.

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Trump to meet with Democrats about border wall, shutdown

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Trump to meet with Democrats about border wall shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders are seeking to avert a partial government shutdown amid a sharp dispute over Trump’s border wall and a lengthy to-do list that includes a major farm bill and a formal rebuke of Saudi Arabia for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump is set to confer Tuesday at the White House with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer ahead of a Dec. 21 deadline to shut down a range of government agencies.

“Republicans still control the House, the Senate and the White House, and they have the power to keep government open,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement Monday.

“Our country cannot afford a Trump Shutdown,” the Democrats said, adding that Trump “knows full well that his wall proposal does not have the votes to pass the House and Senate and should not be an obstacle to a bipartisan agreement.”

Republican congressional leaders have repeatedly said it’s up to Trump to cut a deal with Democrats, an acknowledgement of their own inability to produce spending bills with Republican votes alone.

That gives Democrats some momentum heading into the closed-door talks, which also could veer into Trump’s request for emergency funding for deadly wildfires in California and a Republican-sponsored bill to extend expiring tax breaks and delay some health care taxes.

Before lawmakers adjourn for the year they also may consider a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller and a plan to overhaul the system for handling sexual harassment complaints on Capitol Hill.

By far the biggest unresolved issue is the border wall. Trump wants the next funding package to include at least $5 billion for it, an idea Democrats have flatly rejected.

Pelosi and Schumer have urged Trump to support a bill that includes a half-dozen government funding bills largely agreed upon by lawmakers, along with a separate measure that funds the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through Sept. 30. The homeland bill includes about $1.3 billion for fencing and other security measures at the border.

If Trump does not agree to that, Democrats will likely urge a continuing resolution that funds all the remaining appropriations bills at current levels through Sept. 30, an aide said. The aide was not authorized to discuss strategy by name and requested anonymity.

Trump said Friday that Congress should provide all the money he wants for the wall and called illegal immigration a “threat to the well-being of every American community.”

At an appearance in Kansas City, Missouri, Trump accused Democrats of playing a political game and said it was one he ultimately would win.

“I actually think the politics of what they’re doing is very bad for them,” Trump said of Democrats. “We’re going to very soon find out. Maybe I’m not right. But usually I’m right.”

Pelosi, who is seeking to become House speaker in January, said she and many other Democrats consider the wall “immoral, ineffective and expensive” and noted that Trump promised during the 2016 campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall, an idea Mexico has repeatedly rejected.

Protecting borders “is a responsibility we honor, but we do so by honoring our values as well,” Pelosi said last week.

Schumer said Democrats want to work with Trump to avert a shutdown, but said money for border security should not include the concrete wall Trump has envisioned. Instead, the money should be used for fencing and technology that experts say is appropriate, Schumer said.

“We do not want to let a Trump temper tantrum govern our policies or cause the shutdown of a government, which everyone on both sides of the aisle knows is the wrong idea,” Schumer said. If Trump “wants to shut down the government over Christmas over the wall, that’s his decision,” he said.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Trump was all that stands between fully funding the government and a shutdown.

“Time and again, President Trump has used the government of the American people as a bargaining chip for his fabricated solution to his manufactured crisis,” Leahy said Monday in a Senate speech.

Trump “wants to score a made-for-reality-TV moment and he doesn’t care how many hardworking Americans will suffer for it,” Leahy said. “This is not about border security. This is about politics, pure and simple.”

But House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said Democrats were the ones playing politics.

Trump “wants to secure the border. He got elected president on that platform,” Scalise told Fox News Channel.

If there’s a better way to secure the border than the $5 billion plan Trump has laid out, Democrats “need to come with an alternative,” Scalise said Monday. “They can’t come and say they want to shut the government down for no reason because they don’t want border security. They’ll lose that argument with the American people.”

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said Monday he does not believe Trump or Democrats want to shut the government down.

“When I was with him the indication was he didn’t want to shut the government down, but he did want his wall,” Shelby said.

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AP Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.

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