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It’s not racist to expect immigrants to enter legally or be concerned about the migrant caravans

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Its not racist to expect immigrants to enter legally or to be concerned about the migrant caravans

The extreme leftist narrative being put forth by mainstream media and Democratic candidates for office is arguably scarier than the massive illegal immigration problem we have in America. This is different from past messages of compassion and security that led to DACA. The new narrative is one that fully embraces open borders.

It’s unfortunate that it came to this based on timing. If it weren’t for the first migrant caravan, illegal immigration wouldn’t be much of a topic for the midterms. Democrats wouldn’t be talking about it except as it’s framed within preserving DACA. Republicans would mention the wall at rallies but otherwise wouldn’t be saying much. A little over a month ago, illegal immigration wasn’t a major election issue.

The caravans have changed this and forced both sides to address it. For Republicans, it’s a welcome addition to the conversation because it takes focus away from their inability to repeal, replace, or even fix Obamacare. For Democrats, they’re being forced into a corner that’s causing them to veer left on the topic so their rhetoric matches the loudest fringe portion of their base that believes opposing President Trump requires an equal but opposite reaction.

Both sides are wrong to an extent.

This might be a good thing for Republicans in the short-term as it pertains to midterm elections, but it has dramatically accelerated the shift in mindset for Democrats. One could argue that the timing was perfect for those pushing for open borders because it forced centrist Democrats to see this as a campaign issue. Politicians are easiest to mold ahead of elections as their views rapidly evolve to match the news cycle.

Time for a brief tinfoil hat moment. The forces pushing for open borders that orchestrated these caravans are using proximity to the election to force moderate Democrats into their camp. They care much less about the results of this election than shifting the mindset on immigration among the impressionable progressives who adamantly oppose President Trump. By creating a situation where Democratic candidates and mainstream media are forced to play the proper foil to President Trump’s predictable responses to the migrant caravans, the orchestrators of the caravans gained years worth or propaganda and open borders indoctrination in a couple of months.

Pro-Immigration, anti-illegal-immigration

It’s safe to take your tinfoil hat off, now.

Most of my family members in the United States are immigrants. I am an immigrant myself; my father was in the U.S. Air Force stationed in the Philippines when he met my mother. I came here when I was 8-months-old.

I am one of millions of conservatives who believe legal immigration is a good thing for our country. When good people are willing to go through the immigration process to become permanent residents of our country, they have the best opportunity to contribute. One of my uncles is an immigrant who was in the U.S. Navy. His wife, my aunt, is an immigrant. She’s a nurse. One of their children is also a nurse. The other works for a U.S. military contractor. They love watching football and having barbecues. They hate paying taxes, but they’ve done so since coming here. Legally.

They contribute. They’re the “best people” that President Trump often describes, the legal immigrants who seized the American dream and give back to our nation as a result.

Illegal immigration steals from them. It belittles the legal immigration process. It takes taxpayer dollars that should be spent on Americans but is instead spent to keep them safe, healthy, and educated. That’s if they’re not caught. If they do get caught, the expense to American taxpayers rises.

Being opposed to illegal immigration is not racism. It isn’t heartless. We are a sovereign nation that must rely on our people, whether born here or legally here as immigrants, to participate in making our own lives, families, and communities better. By doing so, we all take part in making our nation better.

Those who circumvent our laws and accept the benefits of American life are stealing from those who contribute to everything it means to be an American. That’s not a racists statement. It’s a statement of fact. I have no problem with my tax dollars being spent helping people in need and there are millions of American citizens and legal immigrants who fall into that category.

Safety and hope for migrants in the caravans

Part of mainstream media’s narrative is that the conditions the migrants are leaving are so terrible that they need to be helped. I agree that their conditions are horrific. In Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador where most of the migrants originated, their prospects are very dim. Many of them are in grave danger. That’s where the narrative makes sense.

It dissolves the moment we realize the vast majority are passing up on an open invitation to be safe, educated, medically treated, sheltered, and given jobs. Mexico wants them to stay. They have offered them the protections those in the migrant caravan claim to seek. Yet, few are accepting the offer.

They would rather walk an extra thousand+ miles and face a likelihood of being turned away for an opportunity to live in America illegally.

“But, they want to do it legally through the asylum system,” a leftist might point out.

This is a lie. It is well known in these countries that 4 out of 5 applying for asylum do not receive it. That’s acceptable to those in the migrant caravan, not because they like long odds but because they’ve been told how the system works. Asylum seekers are held until they apply. Then, they’re released until their court appearance, which often takes years.

During that time, they’re able to secure a foothold in the United States by living here illegally. Most won’t show up to hear the bad news that their application was denied. They won’t have to. By that time they will have established themselves with a life of living in the United States illegally while being protected by progressives.

It doesn’t matter that 70%-80% within the caravans are young, healthy men. The focus from the media is on the pregnant women trying to get to America before their babies are born. It doesn’t matter that crime is already rampant within the caravan itself. As far as the media is concerned, these harmless migrants aren’t bringing any crime across the border. It doesn’t matter if they’re already getting violent and clashing with Mexican authorities. Even showing such videos is labeled as racist by the left.

If you express valid concerns about any of the migrant caravans trying to enter America at any cost, you’re just a racist in the eyes of the fringe left, their Democratic candidate enablers, and their puppets in mainstream media.

There are real concerns and a majority of Americans on the right and left know it. But the far-left is being given the authoritative voice by mainstream media so the open borders narrative can prevail. Any who voice concerns are instantly labeled a racist.

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  1. Public Citizen

    November 4, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Good article.
    You touched very lightly on some of the burdens these people impose through their physical breach of the US Border. By their very presence they require at a minimum food and shelter, these must be provided to minimum US standards, not those that would be the practice in the countries they are coming from.
    An even larger threat represented by these people is that they have not been screened for disease. there are many diseases endemic in Central America that have been eliminated in the USA, at great cost and public effort on the part of our forebears. We have little or no way to screen them for the presence or absence of these diseases short of an intensive and expensive panel of medical screenings, plus an equally intensive requirement that they ~all~ be vaccinated, whether they are granted entry to the USA or not.

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How exploding diaper costs demonstrate the crisis at the border

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How exploding diaper costs demonstrate the crisis at the border

Democrats have been caught in a feedback loop for months over border security. They can’t reconcile their narrative with the reality at the border, yet they continue to repeat the same talking points for leftist media to regurgitate to the masses. But one look at the cost of diapers and other baby supplies should be enough to alert people that the border crisis is real and getting worse every day.

According to a Yuma Sector report, CBP is on track to pay over $1.2 million for diapers, formula, and other baby supplies due to the rising number of illegal immigrant and asylum-seeking migrant families crossing in the region. Last year, baby expenses totaled around $300,000, marking a cost increase that has quadrupled year-over-year.

That doesn’t take into account the multitude of families who are released to the interior where the baby expenses are paid for using other means.

The left may be able to play “hammer the narrative” by spinning the media in their favor based solely on their collective hatred for President Trump, but numbers don’t lie and neither do the CBP reports. They’ve done everything they can to ring the alarm bells, but DC continues to stick its head in the sand. There’s always a more important topic to cover. Horror stories at the border have become so commonplace that many have been desensitized to them.

Slowly but surely, the left is winning the narrative battle by making people yawn every time the border crisis is brought to their attention.

America needs to address this problem immediately. There should be nothing higher on the agenda of lawmakers on Capitol Hill than to get more agents to the border, better technology, more beds, better supplies, a wall, and better laws with fewer loopholes through which illegal aliens and asylum-seeking migrants can wiggle their way into staying in the country indefinitely without going through the proper legal channels.

It isn’t just about the exploding diaper costs, though. There’s a negative trickle down effect that’s at play here helping dangerous people cross the border unnoticed. Every agent that’s made to act like a daycare employee for migrant children is an agent who’s not stopping drug smugglers and gang members from crossing illegally in the dead of night. Every agent who’s forced to be a paperwork clerk to the masses of migrants signing up for their pass to the interior – aka waiting for an asylum hearing – is an agent who could be stopping terrorists from coming into the country to wage war against American citizens.

The border situation is so far beyond a disaster it’s impressive how neglectful the media and Democrats have been able to be. This level of denial is unprecedented in American politics. Meanwhile, our sovereignty is slipping away.

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If you don’t want militia patrolling the border, then secure the border without them

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If you dont want militia patrolling the border then secure the border without them

If the southern border of the United States was properly secured by the government, there would be no need for armed militia to patrol it. If you have any argument you perceive as valid that contradicts this claim, please feel free to express it. I’d love to hear it.

But there won’t be valid arguments against this claim because the claim is purely logical. It’s easy for politicians on both sides of the aisle to scream about armed militia detaining illegal immigrants and asylum-seeking migrants crossing the border, but their screams are irrelevant as long as the borders are so porous, the laws are so restrictive in addressing illegal immigrants, and the border patrol is forced to be stretched so thin by the sheer numbers of people crossing over.

Following the arrest of Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, also known as Johnny Horton Jr, a spotlight has finally been placed on United Constitutional Patriots and similar militia groups. His arrest may be on the record as happening because he is a felon who was found in possession of a firearm and ammunition, but the actual reason he was arrested is because his organization was noted for their apprehension and holding of illegal immigrants. They and others have been patrolling the border in search of those who have crossed over illegally, knowing he CBP is overwhelmed.

I would love to have a situation in which border patrol had plenty of men, the border wall was build, technology was improved, resources were properly allocated, and laws were changed to plug the loopholes currently being abused by illegal immigrants and asylum-seeking migrants. But we don’t have that situation, and while I’m not crazy about an armed militia patrolling the border, I also can’t blame them. This is their country. It’s our country. This nation is supposed to be sovereign, but if the government is unwilling to take the proper actions necessary to defend our sovereignty, where does that leave us?

If the border were properly secured, armed militia like the United Constitutional Patriots would have no reason to patrol it. But the border isn’t secure and many feel the only recourse is to do it themselves. Can you blame them?

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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.

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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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