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Understanding the real crisis at the border and how to frame it properly

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We’ve heard arguments from both sides of the political aisle for months. Republicans say the situation at our southern border is a crisis that requires our full and immediate attention. Democrats waffle back and forth about whether or not it’s a crisis. When living conditions of migrants on the other side of the border are bad or when tragedy happens because families choose to cross the border illegally, it’s a humanitarian crisis to the Democrats, one caused by the President. Otherwise, they say there’s no crisis at all.

It’s like they’re pulling from their 1984 playbook. When it’s convenient, they say there is no crisis at the border and there never has been, even if they were calling it a crisis in the recent past. Whatever’s convenient and politically expedient is the talking point in play at any given moment.

Lately, it seems that progressives have had their way when framing the border narrative. This isn’t an isolated incident. The left has, for at least the last two decades and maybe longer, been able to communicate their worldview in ways that drag a good chunk of the American population with them even when those worldviews are untenable. They do it by making their issues circle around the culturally appropriate political correctness of the day. They utilize virtue signaling and identity politics masterfully by letting mainstream and social media guilt Americans around their will. It only works on the parts of the population susceptible to such things, which is why about half of America believes in their radical progressive ideas despite common sense, logic, and rational thought.

Meanwhile, Republicans talk about facts and figures. How many illegal immigrants are crossing the border every day? What percentage of drugs are flowing through our southern borders? How many Americans are killed by illegal aliens? These facts are impactful to their base, but the radical progressives have built a nearly impenetrable shield around their failed ideologies. Those who buy what they’re selling are impervious to the truth.

So where does that leave conservatives? We can’t keep repeating the facts and hoping they’ll make a difference. It’s like the firing rockets at the alien shields in Independence Day. They don’t have an effect, so why keep firing them until the shields are down?

If we understand the nature of the problem, we can find solutions. The problem is their radical progressive shield against the truth, so the solution must be to take down that shield. The key is to make people understand what the fundamental problem is and how addressing that problem will be beneficial for nearly everyone.

So what is the problem? What is the real crisis at the border? It’s not illegal immigration, drug trafficking, terrorism, or criminals. The fundamental problem is a crisis of sovereignty. We cannot be a sovereign nation indefinitely if we do not invoke our sovereignty at the border.

Some will rightly point out that this argument in a vacuum is insufficient to break through the leftist shield of illogical ideas. That’s why we need to view this problem and its solution holistically. To do so, three simultaneous solutions must be enacted. In no particular order, those solutions are as follows.

Intensify our asylum system to make it much faster and more attainable

One of the biggest draws to America is the asylum system itself. Migrants from Central America have been told if they can only reach America and apply for asylum, they will be free to go about their business for months or years whether they’re granted asylum or not. This needs to be reversed immediately.

We need to dramatically increase the number of judges at the border to first get through the massive backlog of nearly a million pending cases. Then they can start addressing new cases in near-real-time. Would as many people trek thousands of miles if they thought there was a good chance they’d be turned away almost immediately after getting here? Of course not.

But being that it’s 2019, we should also use technology and infrastructure to address the problem at the source. By establishing more ways for people in crisis in their home countries to apply for asylum, we can further take away their reasons for making the long journey. This wouldn’t just help prevent people from trying to cross our borders illegally. It would also streamline the process so those who truly need asylum can achieve it before putting themselves and their families through hardships. As the President noted in his Oval Office address, the sexual crimes perpetrated against migrant women and girls is rampant. We need a better process to reach those in need and get them to safety.

Reform our entire immigration system to be both caring and impenetrable

The only thing that’s certain about our immigration system is that it’s broken. Some say there are too many legal immigrants. Others say there aren’t enough. Clearly, there are loopholes being used today that allow people to overstay their visas. And none of this even addresses the problems we’re having with illegal immigrants already in the country.

I don’t know the solution for what’s happened in the past, but again, this is 2019. There’s no reason we shouldn’t have an airtight legal immigration system that allows the best people to come to America and become productive legal members of society. The specifics of the reforms can be left to the experts, but there’s no shortage of items to be fixed.

Build a barrier

We need a wall. In some places, this means a physical wall. In other places, it can be a virtual wall. LiDAR technology, drones, and virtual detection equipment have come so far just in the last year that it would be foolish to not take advantage of it all. Whatever the appropriate mix of physical barriers and technological barriers is would once again be left to the experts, but one way or another we need to cover the entirety of our southern border.

All of it.

When we position this need with the previous two, it is no longer an “immoral” or “racist” proposition, as it’s now being painted by the left. Building a solid barrier across our entire southern border will prevent the negative elements that many migrants are fleeing from following them into America.

This is how it becomes a question of sovereignty rather than simply about building a wall or improving border security. Those seeking asylum or working to become legal members of American society deserve the protection of our sovereignty. In fact, they should demand it. They’re coming to America for the opportunity at a better life and every time we allow others to circumvent the system, we’re hurting legal immigrants and refugees more than anyone else.

We need to view the wall as an important component of a larger solution to all our immigration problems, both legal and illegal. The only way we can protect all Americans, whether born here or not, is by defending our sovereignty. If we treat it as a holistic solution that covers all of the major points, we can finally bring an end to what should absolutely be considered a crisis.

I’m JD Rucker. Thank you for listening.

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Nevada to seek death penalty for illegal alien Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman

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Nevada to seek death penalty for illegal alien Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman

Prosecutors in two counties where an illegal immigrant allegedly murdered four people are seeking the death penalty for his crimes. North Nevada was shaken by the string of murders until the alleged killer was apprehended by law enforcement in January.

Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, 20, was arrested January 19, 2019, by Washoe County Sheriff’s department and charged with multiple offenses while prosecutors and investigators worked on charging him for the four murders. They rarely invoke the death penalty but the severity and heinous nature of the crimes warrant capital punishment, according to prosecutors.

“We reserve the death penalty for the worst of the worst,” Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks said last Thursday. “We use it sparingly.”

The illegal immigrant from El Salvador is accused of shooting and killing Gerald David, 81, and his wife, Sharon, 80, in Reno and Connie Koontz, 56, and Sophia Renken, 74, in Gardnerville.

My Take

Just as traffic fines are doubled in construction zones, so too should penalties be increased when illegal immigrants commit crimes. His immigration status was not taken into account, but the crimes themselves were enough for prosecutors to seek the death penalty.

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While wall funding jumps through hoops, let’s address Catch and Release immediately

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While wall funding jumps through hoops lets address Catch and Release immediately

Last week, the ICE Union sent a scathing letter to the President blaming the administration’s policies for essentially neutering them and turning them into paperwork handlers. Instead of stopping illegal immigrants, their jobs have been relegated to capturing illegal immigrants and giving them paperwork that says they’re free to move about the country.

Catch and Release is in full effect, more now than ever before.

While the debate rages over President Trump’s national emergency to fund the border wall, we’re stuck in limbo. It’s time to get out of limbo and start working on solutions to the problem at hand. Illegal immigration is at its highest level in decades despite GOP control of the House, Senate, and White House for two years. They did nothing, absolutely nothing to address the real issues at the border, including:

  • The wall, of course
  • Legislative loopholes that protect illegal immigrants to the point they often have better rights than American citizens
  • Sanctuary policies that not only enable but encourage criminal illegal aliens to do their thing without fear of deportation
  • The horrible situation border patrol and ICE agents are in where they’re not allowed to do their jobs because they don’t have the resources to keep Americans safe

This last bullet is the one that needs immediate attention. As noted by John Binder over at Breitbart, Catch and Release is in overdrive:

While the Catch and Release program continues, the experts project that illegal border crossings for this calendar year will be more than three times what they were in 2017 and nearly double last year’s total crossings. The projection predicts there to be more than 840,000 illegal border crossings this year, though Nielsen predicts about 900,000 crossings for the year.

This year, there will be more illegal border crossings than the entire population of San Francisco. It’s not just the wall. We need to empower ICE to do their jobs. End Catch and Release now.

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Greyhound changes policy to prevent ICE from dropping off thousands of migrants in their stations

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Greyhound changes policy to prevent ICE from dropping off thousands of migrants in their stations

For years, it’s been standard operating procedure for U.S. authorities to drop off illegal immigrants at bus stations when the local charitable organizations are too full to accept more of them. But the recent dramatic increase in the number of migrants crossing the border has forced Greyhound Lines Inc. to change its policies. Now, only those with a ticket are allowed to enter their stations.

“Our priority is to safely and efficiently get customers to their destinations,” Greyhound spokeswoman Crystal Booker said in a statement. She cited an “unprecedented increase in individuals” without tickets entering their stations as a reason for the new policy.

My Take

There are plenty of people to blame for this. First and foremost, the migrants themselves, driven by leftist propaganda and encouragement by open borders progressives, must take the bulk of the blame. They were told they would get taken care of if they could bypass the legal immigration and asylum request systems, and they believed it. Second, the President’s administration has been woefully inept at handling the border security crisis. Some will point to the lack of a wall and blame Democrats for the problem, but the government shutdown and subsequent battle over the President’s national emergency declaration didn’t happen until after the midterm elections.

Where was the outrage over the Democrats bullying the GOP when the GOP had control of the House, Senate, and White House for two years?

I understand that most conservative sites are scared to say anything bad about the President, but he promised us a wall and he has failed to deliver. If you say, “that’s on Congress,” then I’m assuming you’re giving Congress all the credit for the tax cuts the President signed. No, despite the selective memory of most, you can’t credit the President with everything Congress does that he signs then blame Congress for everything the President wasn’t able to push them to do.

The President has done many positive things, which I have written about here in the past, but let’s be intellectually honest with ourselves. On this issue, someone gave him bad advice to wait for the wall and he decided to take that advice instead of pressing the issue. We are a crowdfunded conservative news site that relies on the generosity of our readers, but if you’re hoping to support a GOP-loving, Trump-can-do-no-wrong news outlet, we’re not it. We call it how we see it with conservatism and America’s well-being in mind. Neither the President nor GOP has acted on behalf of Americans in stopping the crisis at the border. This is why despite having full control, illegal immigration has increased dramatically since Republicans took over.

The only ones not to blame for any of this is Greyhound. They’re doing what’s best for their customers. As a private company, their rights must be protected. Anyone who tries to force them to allow illegal immigrants into their stations without a ticket is being unAmerican.

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