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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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Daniel Horowitz on illegal immigrant birth rates

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Daniel Horowitz on illegal immigrant birth rates

There’s more to the illegal immigration debate than just how to stop them from coming over. Once here, they’re figuring out how to stick around and grow as a future influence on the United States.

Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz sent this out on Twitter:

This is more than a problem we’re facing now. It’s becoming generational.

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Harley Rouda claims he never said he’d expand MediCal to adult illegal immigrants. This is a lie.

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Harley Rouda claims he never said hed expand MediCal to adult illegal immigrants This is a lie

Orange County, California, has an interesting choice to make. One of the hottest Congressional races in the nation pits incumbent Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) against Democrat Harley Rouda. Orange County has been one of the only Republican strongholds in the liberal state, but a district that voted for Hillary Clinton may also switch to have a Democrat representing them on Capitol Hill.

The problem with Rouda is that his version of the truth doesn’t always match the actual truth. A glaring example of this is how he handled two questions regarding providing health care to adult illegal immigrants.

When vying for the Democratic nomination, he appealed to the leftist view that “Medicare for all” should be expanded to “for all residents of the United States” regardless if they’re citizens or here illegally.

Now that the primary is over and he’s on to the general election, he’s denying that he ever said that.

Harley Rouda Supported Medicaid for Illegal Immigrants but Now Denies It

https://freebeacon.com/politics/harley-rouda-supported-medicaid-illegal-immigrants-now-denies/“Rohrabacher has said that you want to give MediCal to undocumented immigrants and that this goes against what the district wants,” editors from the publication said. “How would you respond to this idea that you don’t know what the district wants?”

MediCal is California’s Medicaid program for low income individuals and families.

“I’ve never said that,” Rouda responded. “The fact is, you could argue the United States has already paid for universal health care in the least efficient way possible—in the emergency room instead of through preventive care. We need to have basic levels of medical services available to all. Addressing undocumented immigrants in our country shouldn’t be done by withholding life-saving medication or healthcare services.”

Will one of the last bastions for rational conservative ideologies in California fall for a man who says one thing to his Democrats but change his story when speaking to a broader audience? Orange County needs Dana Rohrabacher to keep his seat.

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Media panned the Protect Kids and Parents Act because it was introduced by Dave Brat and Ted Cruz

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Media panned the Protect Kids and Parents Act because it was introduced by Dave Brat and Ted Cruz

The narrative by Democrats and mainstream media is that Republicans in general and conservatives in particular want to do everything they can to stop people seeking asylum in the United States. They even get painted as wanting to break up families and keep children separated from their parents.

This is why H.R. 6195 and S. 3091 are so important. The bills, introduced by Representative Dave Brat (R-VA) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), would keep children and their parents together while waiting for a hearing about their asylum status. It would also act to expedite the process for all asylum seekers while putting those with children on a faster track.

That certainly doesn’t sound like the kind of bill Republicans would introduce if you’re listening to mainstream media’s narrative. It also breaks the stereotype assigned to Tea Party favorites like Representative Brat and Senator Cruz.

Known as the “Protect Kids and Parents Act,” it would increase the number of authorized immigration judges as well as Homeland Security employees to allow for faster processing of more asylum applicants.

My Take

Senator Ted Cruz introduced the Senate version that was instantly attacked by leftist media. It wasn’t because of substance that the bill was attacked. It was because of the bill’s originators. It’s important to note that the “who” is more important than the “what” when it comes to media coverage.

For example, President Trump’s tariffs on China are straight out of Senators Chuck Schumer’s and Bernie Sanders’ playbooks. Schumer went so far as to reluctantly praise the President over it, but mainstream media and leftist news outlets continuously run stories about the negative effects of the President’s tariffs. Had the identical action been taken by President Obama, the media’s reaction would be the opposite of what it is today.

When Dave Bratt and Ted Cruz try to keep asylum-seeking families together, their motives are instantly questioned by leftist media because it doesn’t fit the stereotype attached to them. If substance mattered to the media, they’d support the bill.

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