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Horowitz: Red states should offer asylum to persecuted Canadian truckers

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If the federal government can violate state sovereignty and illegally offer asylum to millions of third-world residents coming for economic reasons, shouldn’t red states offer asylum to Canadian truckers suffering from authentic political persecution?

When Reagan warned that “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction,” none of us truly could have envisioned this applying to Western democracies like Canada so soon in our lifetimes. But the Great Reset and COVID fascism changed all of that. What we are witnessing in Ottawa today is a degree of pre-enlightenment form of governance that is every bit as severe as what we are used to seeing in China and Iran. It can all be summed up in the statement issued on Saturday by Ottawa’s police chief: "If you are involved in this protest, we will actively look to identify you and follow up with financial sanctions and criminal charges. Absolutely. This investigation will go on for months to come."

Notice he didn’t say “riot,” like we saw for months on end with BLM. He said you will be arrested and your assets will be seized if you are involved in a “protest.” In other words, one of the defining characteristics of a liberal democracy has now been vitiated, as there is no longer a right to assemble, protest, and speak, nor is there a right to due process.

Leaked messages from members of the Canadian Royal Mounted Police obtained by Rebel News show that some cops were reveling in the heavy-handed tactics. “Time for the protesters to hear our jackboots on the ground,” wrote one officer. Even the New York Times editorial board ripped the Trudeau regime for subverting a cornerstone value of democracy. “Protests are a necessary form of expression in a democratic society, particularly for those whose opinions do not command broad popular support,” wrote the board in a recent essay.

Forget about protests, they have disallowed people from even walking down the streets near the capital complex, not just in it. Leaders of the convoy have been arrested without having committed a crime. And police are willing to employ needless violence against protesters who have never gotten violent.

After allowing in millions of economic migrants to the detriment of the citizens of this country, isn’t time we finally apply asylum law to the quintessential case for which it was conceived? This is an approach being suggested by Rep. Mo Brooks, who is now running for Senate in Alabama.

“I would say to the Canadian truckers — we’ve got our supply chain issues here in the United States of America. We could use some more truckers in the United States of America. And I suggest we give or offer them all political asylum,” Brooks said during an interview with Mobile, Alabama, radio FM Talk 106.5. “I think that’d be great if they were to leave Canada, come to the United States of America, move our goods from the East Coast to the West Coast and every point in between, and see what Canada then does — as they have, in effect, expelled these truckers by denying them their liberty and freedom.”

Consider the fact that in January alone there were 153,941 encounters of illegal aliens at the southern border. The DHS also reports that 62,573 migrants were released into U.S. just last month alone. That is more than the number of illegal aliens deported during the entire fiscal year!

For once, can we have immigration that actually benefits America and harnesses the principles of political asylum that we all cherish in our history of immigration?

To that end, GOP governors should announce they will offer legal protection for any Canadian persecuted by the rogue Trudeau regime. This is especially important for governors in states bordering Canada, such as Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota. The legislatures in those states should pass laws specifically inviting the truckers to cross the border. Local sheriffs should promise protection against any reprisal. This is exactly what are asylum laws were created for. These people are being criminalized solely for “membership in a particular social group, or political opinion,” which is the basic condition of asylum eligibility (8 U.S. Code § 1158(b)(1)(B)).

The minute Kabul fell to the Taliban, the Biden administration prioritized random Afghans for evacuation over American citizens. A new Department of Defense Inspector General report has identified at least 50 individuals posing "potentially significant security concerns" who have been allowed in. And 28 of 31 Afghan evacuees with known "derogatory information" have disappeared into the population. By “derogatory information,” they don’t just mean people who have an affinity for Islamic supremacism. That’s most of the people we brought in. "Significant security concerns include individuals whose latent fingerprints have been found on improvised explosive devices and known or suspected terrorists," the report warned.

Now raise your hands if you fear such concerns from admitting a few thousand Canadian truckers?

Ironically, for years, our side has been accused of being nativist and hateful toward foreigners while the globalists were regarded as tolerant, diverse, and compassionate. The reality is that the international movement for medical freedom is authentically built upon diversity, compassion, love, and tolerance for others. Allowing in the truckers would actually be in line with our immigration values. Yet they are the only truly persecuted people the Left never wanted to admit. That’s because their open-borders movement was never about compassion and love and was always about cheap labor and cheap voters for their elitist puppet masters. The same people who are now persecuting all of us with dangerous experiments to our bodies.

“We are all in this together” has taken on a more poignant meaning.
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