Jessie ----
by on January 9, 2019
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After watching all the speeches on tv last night, it was easy to come away with the idea that the dispute is simply over the president’s demand for wall funding and the partial government shutdown. As such, it should be easy for the president and Dems to cut a split-the-difference deal and move on to the next problem.
But Democrats seem to forget why they were elected in the first place.
And still, Demonrats refuse to even consider any kind of border barrier and other serious measures illustrates that the dispute is merely a proxy for the real issue dividing the nation: 2016.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are fixated on the last presidential election. Their refusal to let it go and get on with governing in a divided Congress is a shameful sign of how radical their party has become since Trump’s election.
That's the real crisis.
Democrats just can’t let go and move on. Democrats still do not accept the legitimacy of his victory. And so anything he says is treated as unworthy and untrue, even when Americans can see with their own eyes that much of the southern border is essentially wide open for anyone who wants to cross it.
And yet they still refuse to accept the evidence put forth by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who told lawmakers that 161,000 family units crossed the border in fiscal 2018, a 50 percent increase in a year. She also reportedly said 60,000 unaccompanied children crossed last year.
And the numbers have been surging even more in recent months, with migrants rushing to escape murderous violence in Central America and get here before laws are tightened or barriers added.
But you must also add into the equation, sex trafficking, a veritable river of narcotics and gangs and there is no question that Americans are suffering enormous consequences from their government’s failure to secure the border and provide public safety.
Trump also mentioned a raft of statistics and highlighting individual cases where vicious crimes were committed by illegal immigrants. One involved the recent murder of a California police officer, Ronil Singh, allegedly by a Mexican man in the country illegally.
Singh, the father of a 5-month old son, was a legal immigrant from Fiji.
Yet Democrats responded by saying that he had “manufactured” a border crisis that doesn’t exist. They even suggested he had no right to use the Oval Office for such an address. The left wing whackos sound like a broken record.
Either way, they offered nothing but insults and vague references to “border security” without describing a single action they would support that would stop the entire population of Central America from coming to the United States illegally.
But we the people, are much smarter than they think we are. A Morning Consult/POLITICO poll released Tuesday found that 42 percent of respondents agree with Trump that illegal immigration is a crisis, while an additional 37 percent see it as a problem, with just 12 percent seeing nothing amiss at the border.
Now the southern US/Mexico border is nearly 2,000 miles long. To put that in perspective, it is slightly longer than the distance from New York City to Denver. And existing barricadings cover about 30% of the huge span, the president is proposing a modest expansion of them, while also proposing technological and manpower ­additions, ranging from judges to border agents to law enforcement.
Democrats don't want that, as they want those illegals to add to their voting base, as they try to replace legal US citizens.
Trump also wants to add health specialists and more beds to alleviate what he calls a “humanitarian crisis” and a “crisis of the soul.”
Not so long ago, Democrats, including Schumer and Pelosi, believed that borders meant something. Trump shouldn’t stop reminding them of that and speaking up for the many Americans who still do.
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