Republican voters chose Donald Trump as their nominee, partly inspired by his famous “escalator speech” at Trump Tower decrying how the American people always come last in immigration, as illegal aliens take advantage of us. They voted to reject Lindsey Graham’s view, a view that would tell “bigots” like Trump to “shut up,” in the words of the South Carolina senator.
Fox News reported today that Lindsey Graham led a group of senators from both parties to meet with the president on how to respond to a potential court ruling validating Trump’s elimination of Obama’s illegal executive amnesty. The story comes on the heels of the news that Graham is working with others in the administration to push for a mass amnesty bill.
There are so many grievances the American taxpayer have with illegal immigration that require immediate action. Where is the sense of urgency to meet on an immediate sanctuary fix, criminal alien fix, or judicial amnesty fix? Courts are ordering the opening of our borders during a time of pandemic, yet there is no impetus from these senators to deal with the issue. Why are the American needs on the issue always last or relegated to vacuous campaign rally rhetoric, while the amnesty for illegal aliens is always the first and only focus in the real legislation they plan to enact?
Why is there no emergency to deal with all of the identity theft committed by DACA recipients and all of the gang members and drug traffickers among them? Remember, it’s not usually the older illegal aliens committing all the crime. As with any demographic, it’s the younger ones.
After repeating this mistake over and over again, shouldn’t we finally put enforcement of current laws before any amnesty this time? Isn’t that a baseline expectation we should be guaranteed during the Trump presidency?
The courts have destroyed so much of our rule of law, society, and policies we’ve fought hard for. Why is it that the only time there is a clamor for a legislative “fix” of a judicial decision is when the court actually rules properly and in our favor? What about an Obergefell fix? A Roe fix? Or a fix of any number of court rulings that are ensuring more illegal aliens come here, remain here, commit crimes with impunity, and collect benefits?
Why would someone like Lindsey Graham be the leader on this issue when voters picked Trump precisely to reject people like him and what he stands for? Why does it seem that, in Orwellian fashion, at every turn, we see the swampiest parts of the swamp propped up in the White House that was supposed to drain it?
Even if one supports some sort of an amnesty yet again, this is the wrong way to do it. “We got called over,” Graham told Politico. “I think the president will win in court on DACA that he can set aside the Obama-era DACA rules, then what do you do? I mean if you’re going to give them legal status I hope we get something for it.”
Well, gee, Lindsey, this has been the problem from day one. When you show the other side that you are desperate to give them the amnesty and that you believe in it as strongly as they do, what sort of leverage do you then have to say, “Pretty please, give us something for it?”
As Trump wrote in “The Art of the Deal,” “The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it. That makes the other guy smell blood, and then you're dead.”
At least if you are going to exalt the dreams of illegal aliens over those of Americans, make sure to enact enforcement measures first this time. Moreover, while they might be here through no fault of their own, it certainly is through no fault of the American taxpayers, who must deal with the costs in their communities. It’s the fault of these very politicians who broke our laws and their side of the bargain in 1986 that enabled this cycle to repeat itself and these people to be brought here in the first place.
This is part of a broader problem we are seeing on multiple issues.
Rather than pushing endless anti-crime measures at a time of rising crime and listening to the voices of law enforcement and prosecutors, Trump is being convinced to hand over criminal justice policy to Kim Kardashian and literally espouse views that are the opposite of what he’s said his entire life, including even today.
Rather than constantly fighting for the American worker at a time when China and India are keeping us out of our own jobs and engaging in trade theft, there is a unanimous clamor from the White House to bring in more foreign workers.
E-verify was dropped from the White House’s plan. Members of the administration are working with Graham and Tillis on a sperate amnesty for 3.3 million illegal aliens who claim to illegally work in agriculture. They are expanding H-2 low skilled visas more than any other administration. Rather than ending TPS, it has been extended indefinitely for the countries that have the most illegal aliens here benefitting from that status.
There have certainly been good policies implemented as well, such as the public charge rule. But that reveals the broader problem we face: a schizophrenic administration. The policies reflect the divergent goals of competing voices.
But at some point, you can’t have it both ways. It’s either the vision of Trump’s escalator speech or the vision of Lindsey Graham. Either Americans are dreamers, or only illegal aliens are. At some point, Trump is going to have to decide for himself.
As Elijah told Israel, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” ~1 Kings 18:21