There seems to be some confusion on the Democratic side of the aisle about how lines and walls work.
At a news conference in Stockholm in September 2013, President Obama stated that he had made it clear to Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime “that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.” Somehow and against all odds, that line did not stop Assad from deploying chemical weapons dozens of times following Obama’s dire red-line warning. I guess we have to accept the amazing fact that a line, even if it’s really red, will not stop weapons or people who insist on crossing it. Who could have predicted that outcome?
With regard to walls today, Nancy Pelosi is telling us that a border wall is immoral. Now former President Obama has a brick-and-metal fence around his Washington, D.C., home. Is he immoral? Or just his fence? Bill and Hillary Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, New York, has a fence around it. Is it immoral? Are they? Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio installed an additional fence around Gracie Mansion. Is he immoral? The Vatican in Rome has a 40-foot wall around it — again, immoral? How about the Great Wall of China? It’s reassuring to have an ecclesiastical expert like Nancy around to counsel us on morals. But wait, Ecclesiastical Nancy supports abortion, right?
Another paragon of intellectual thought, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, opines that a border wall is a waste of money. But then, isn’t she one of those folks who has called for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)? I wonder if she thinks a really, really red line at the border would work?
U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) states with confidence that a wall is “an inefficient 14th-century solution to a 21st-century problem.” Eh, Hank, the wheel was invented thousands of years before the 14th century and, by golly, it still works today!
In 2009, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) said, “We must create a system that converts the current flow of low-skilled illegal immigrants into the United States into a more manageable and controlled flow of legal immigrants who can be absorbed by our economy.” Sounds like Chuck supports a border barrier system to me! And he voted for barriers in the Secure Fence Act of 2006 along with then Sens. Obama and Hillary Clinton. Twenty-two other Democratic senators also supported the act. Unfortunately, some folks today hate President Donald Trump more than they want a secure country. Of course, there’s always that thing about Democrats wanting more undocumented would-be voters.
Another Democrat talking point is that “experts” say a border wall will not work. Among the real experts, Mark Morgan, Border Patrol Chief under Obama, enthusiastically supports Trump’s wall along the southern border. He says, “Everywhere a wall was built — in conjunction with a multi-layer approach of infrastructure, technology, and personnel — it works. Illegal immigration where the wall was has been reduced 90 percent.” And a recent survey conducted by the National Border Patrol Council, the border agent’s union, revealed overwhelming support for a wall system in strategic locations.
I agree with Schumer on the need for a change. We need immigrants who can make a contribution to our economy and to our culture. I don’t care where they come from. The current cost of illegal immigration is currently estimated at more than $100 billion a year. Funding a border wall where it’s needed would be a bargain.
It’s time to fix the immigration system once and for all — through compromise.
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