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Birthright citizenship needs fixed, but Trump’s Obama-styled executive order isn’t the answer

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Birthright citizenship needs fixed but Trumps Obama-styled executive order isnt the answer

There’s no denying that one of the primary reasons Donald Trump won in 2016 was his repeated promise to fix the illegal immigration problem.

When he first made his announcement to run for President, Trump promised to “build a great, great wall on our southern border” and “have Mexico pay for it.”

“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.”

During his 2016 campaign, Trump’s list of things he would do in the first 100 days included a promise to “cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum, and order issued by Obama.” One of the orders that would fall under this promise is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

As we now know in retrospect, such promises were simply the braggadocious blusterings of a bloviating blowhard; in other words, he lied. There is no great, great wall; there’s not even a mediocre one. And even though Trump allegedly rescinded DACA last year, he did so in-name-only because it allowed Congress extra time to make it permanent.

By the way, despite rhetoric to the contrary, Trump and the GOP have solidified the status quo concerning the illegal immigration issue by financing it in every spending bill they’ve made into law, including the recent #MiniBusBetrayal.

With the election less than a week away and with the chances of the GOP maintaining its majority in Congress going dim, Trump has been frantically spreading the politics of distraction to shift voter attention away from his failures.

Trump has already indicated that he will work with Democrats after the election — as if he’ll have a choice — to save DACA in exchange for a few dollars to pay for his wall, an idea that has received support from Republicans in the Senate and the House.

But with his approval numbers still near historic lows and with a possible Blue Tsunami on the horizon, Trump is pulling out all the stops to make it look like he’s keeping his promise to fix illegal immigration.

Yesterday, we learned that Trump recently stated in an interview with Axios that he will end the practice of birthright citizenship, using one of Barack Obama’s favorite tools when skirting the Constitution … the executive order.

“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t.

“”You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order. We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States … with all of those benefits.

“It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end. I didn’t think anybody knew that but me. I thought I was the only one.”

Even before Trump was officially a part of the picture, we at The Strident Conservative supported the end of birthright citizenship practices. And experts like Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review believe that the current interpretation of the citizenship clause in the Fourteenth Amendment is unconstitutional — the same amendment being used to defend the practice.

But is a constitutionally questionable executive order the right way to fix it? Didn’t we get our fill of this kind of executive overreach and abuse with Obama? Besides, anything done by an executive order can be undone by an executive order from a future, most likely Democrat, president.

Some GOP members of Congress are speaking out in opposition to Trump’s proposal, but I’m of the opinion that they’re only doing so to continue feeding the distraction.

Birthright citizenship for children of illegal aliens is a real problem, but Obama-styled executive orders aren’t a real solution. Trump is throwing this immigration mud at the election year wall to see what sticks, but he’s only reminding America that he and the GOP have been lying about fixing the illegal immigration problem all along.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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  1. Public Citizen

    November 1, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Sometimes it is necessary to kick-start the machinery of government in order to get a process started.
    I view POTUS Trump’s threat to issue an EO as providing that kickstart.

    • David Leach

      November 1, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      I guess time will tell, but Trump’s track record concerning the Constitution leaves room for doubt.

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Immigration

Illegal alien continued assaulting border patrol agent even as they tumbled down a hill

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Illegal alien continued assaulting border patrol agent even as they tumbled down a hill

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a 37-year-old Ecuadorian national after he assaulted an agent atop a mountain south of Tucson Wednesday evening. The man continued punching and kicking the agent even as they slid down the hillside.

He was subdued only after additional agents came to restrain him.

Two Mexican nationals traveling with him were also arrested during the incident.

Opinion

We’ve all seen the sad images and videos on mainstream media of helpless mothers with three children trying desperately to get to the United States where they will certainly become productive and patriotic members of society. That’s the image the left wants embedded in our brains, but it’s not the reality at the border.

Yes, there are large groups of migrants coming over nonstop with hopes of taking their piece of the taxpayer-funded pie. But there are also criminals coming over who will do anything, including harm or kill border patrol agents, if that’s what it takes for them to stake their claim to what they want from America and Americans.

There are dangers at the border that rarely get reported. These brave border patrol agents need a wall, more men, better technology, and more facilities to house those coming over. They need these things now, but Democrats continue to demand they try to secure our borders with both hands tied behind their backs. If one were conspiracy-minded, one might think the Democrats are doing it on purpose so more illegal immigrants will come into our country.

Hmm.

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“Assaults highlight safety concerns for agents who often encounter and arrest multiple subjects in remote and isolated locations in rugged terrain.” – CBP Statement

Final Thoughts

The image of helpless migrants carrying little babies and peacefully surrendering to border patrol is only part of the picture. Border patrol agents are put in harms way daily, yet Democrats will not give them the resources they need.

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Guns and Crime

Border patrol spots drone used to help illegal immigrants breach the border

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Border patrol spots drone used to help illegal immigrants breach the border

Human smuggling has gone high tech. At least it can be verified. At this point, it’s likely people have been using drone technology to assist in getting illegal immigrants across the border for a long time. It’s been used for drug trafficking as well, so thinking this is a new occurrence is likely erroneous.

But now we have proof-positive the efforts to get criminal illegal aliens across the border is a sophisticated operation.

Two of those apprehended were known gang members and one was a convicted sex offender, according to the Border Patrol. They now are being held in U.S. jails pending criminal prosecution.

Opinion

An under-reported challenge facing border patrol is the rise of criminal illegal immigrants crossing the border, sometimes not for the first time. We hear all about the groups of dozens or hundreds of migrants crossing the border and seeking to get apprehended so they can claim asylum and be released into the interior, but what about those who aren’t seeking asylum, who don’t want to be caught, and who are likely part of criminal elements?

Every border patrol agent who is tasked with processing paperwork for the migrants is a border patrol agent taken away from the necessary work of apprehending the criminals crossing over. This is why the use of drone technology is so discouraging. Right now, we have to rely on our technological prowess to cover much of the border. With the bad guys also using technology to thwart these efforts, it makes the already-difficult job of patrolling our border even more difficult and dangerous.

The left needs to understand that not everybody crossing over is just seeking a better honest life. Many are crossing the border for drugs, to join gangs, and even specifically to commit acts of violence against Americans. We need border patrol focusing on catching these bad guys, not serving paperwork to people who are unwilling to wait in line and enter the country legally.

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“Approximately two minutes after the object returned back to Mexico for the third time, a group of 10 subjects made an illegal entry into the U.S. in the same area in which the object had been traveling. This is the first known time in recent history that a drone has been utilized as a ‘look-out’ in order to aid in illegal entries in the El Paso Sector.” – Border Patrol Statement

Final Thoughts

With so much time, money, and manpower used by border patrol to apprehend the migrants wanting to be caught, those who don’t want to get caught have the advantage. These are the dangerous elements not seeking asylum. They seek to do harm.

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Guns and Crime

Border patrol nabs Mexican Mafia member ‘La Bestia’ crossing the border illegally

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Border patrol nabs Mexican Mafia member La Bestia crossing the border illegally

A 29-year-old Mexican national was apprehended by border patrol trying to illegally cross over into the United States. The man, known as “La Bestia” or “The Beast,” had been previously convicted and deported for Obstruction or Retaliation.

He is a known member of the Mexican Mafia as well as the 18th Street Gang. Border patrol spotting him crossing the border nine miles west of the Calexico port of entry.

Opinion

On the surface, this might seem like minor news. But the left continuously screams that there is no reason for a border wall or increased security at the border. Their claims, led in large part by the politically charged rhetoric of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, are that the way to improve border security is to buff up the ports of entry.

Here’s the obvious problem with that. They’re correct in saying most apprehensions of criminals and smugglers happen at the ports of entry. But that’s not evidence of how the dangerous elements of illegal immigration move. It simply means the ones who are crossing the large swaths of unprotected border are harder to apprehend. Yes, a wall will work. Yes, increased resources and manpower for border security will work. Yes, improved technology will work. In conjunction with one another, these solutions will help to not only catch those who try to cross over illegally but will also dissuade many from even trying.

This is logical, yet the narrative is designed to make the President and the Republicans seem like fearmongers. It isn’t fearmongering when the threats are legitimate. At the border, they most certainly are.

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“The continued vigilance of our agents led to the apprehension of this criminal. This dangerous man is off our streets and no longer a danger to the members of our community.” – Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim

Final Thoughts

As long as Democrats and leftist media push the narrative that the threats coming across the border illegally are minimal, they’re going to keep crossing. We have to take the threat seriously. The left must stop hiding behind political agendas.

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