All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian.
Pat Paulsen (a funny guy)
One of the critical issues that we have to confront is illegal immigration, because this is a multi-headed Hydra that affects our economy, our health care, our education systems, our national security, and also our local criminality.
Allen West (a strong conservative)
I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy that destroys families that have been here a quarter century.
Newt Gingrich (a strong conservative)
The above quotes document that this is a dicey issue.
Allow me to begin with some statements that show you positions I have taken. We will never move on as a united country until we solve our immigration problem. I am in favor of legal immigration. I am opposed to illegal immigration. I favor building “The Wall.” All criminal illegals should be removed. However, only approximately 900,000 illegals have committed crimes. The most commonly quoted estimates for the number of illegals in the USA is 11 million. (There are higher estimates on which I have previously posted.) I believe it is impossible (and pragmatically inadvisable) to deport the remaining 10 million people (if the true number is 20 million, the task is even more draconian.) This is a complex issue. Its solution or failure cannot rest on a single word – “amnesty.” Like it or not – and I don’t – there must be a path to “citizenship/legal status/non-illegal status/legal, but non-voting, status” – choose one from column A and one from column B.
OK. Now that you know where I am “coming from” we can address the issue at hand.
If you listen to the left-wing media these illegal immigrants are terrified. That great bastion of statist drivel, the New York Times, describes these 11 million people as “sleepless with anxiety, waiting for the fists pounding on the door, the agents in black, the van ride, the cell.” Really?
Thomas Sowell instructs that the left focuses on “the plight” of those who have broken the law. They want to lift “the stigma” and “ease the pressures they feel,” so that they can “come out of the shadows” and “normalize” their lives. According to progressive/statist /altruists even using the word “illegal” is mean-spirited or “racist” – their favorite word to describe anyone who disagrees with them.
However, if you or I do something criminal, no one worries about the fact the we must “live in fear” of law enforcement coming for us – forcing us to “live in the shadows.” No one bothers to come up with euphemisms to keep from calling what we did as “illegal.”
[Source: How Illegal Immigrant Advocates Demonize Trump and Terrify People, by Liz Peek]
And if it is true that “illegals” are terrified, who exactly is terrifying them? The answer is the left-wing media, not the Trump administration. The media, in their headlong pursuit to demonize the Trump administration, has purposefully distorted President Trump’s immigration policies. They characterize them erroneously as “a radical departure from past practices.”
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee claims that “Donald Trump plans to add thousands of immigration agents and begin deporting ‘almost all’ undocumented immigrants.” Surprise, surprise! FAKE NEWS!
President Trump recently announced that the “Dreamers” would not be deported (same as President Obama). Homeland Security has stated that people who have lived in the country for two years or more will not be vulnerable to “expedited removal.”
[From the Peek article] The hysteria over recent ICE operations is a great example of how Trump’s policies are being misrepresented. Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested 680 individuals, “stoking fears that the Trump administration is increasing the arrests and deportations of undocumented immigrants,” as The Times reported.
Another news organization proclaimed that “Panic” and “terror” is… running through immigrant communities in the US following raids carried out across at least six states as part of Donald Trump’s pledge to crack down on illegal immigrants.
But the head of ICE in LA said, “These operations take weeks and sometimes months of planning, so this operation was in the planning stages before the current administration came out with the executive orders.” In other words, the raids had nothing to do with Trump.
Instead, they were a continuation of Obama’s deportation program. It turns out that in 2009, ICE arrested on average 675 people per week. Under Obama, that figure rose to a weekly 771.
Remember that Obama was called the “Deporter in Chief” by La Raza because his administration threw people out of the country at an unprecedented rate. As the LA Times noted last fall, “Since taking office in 2009, Obama has expelled 2.5 million people, more than any other president.”
Therefore the Trump policies are even less aggressive than the Obama policies. The people saying and writing things that terrify people illegally in our country are THE LEFT-WING MEDIA.