Think back a year or two to some of the Facebook arguments you had with your liberal friends over illegal immigration. If you’re anything like me you ran into the argument that Obama was deporting illegals left and right. “He deported more people than George Bush!” the liberals told me proudly. Some even took to calling him the “Deporter In-Chief” as proof that their savior was indeed tough on illegal immigration and took border security seriously.
Now the easy counter to that argument was that Obama was counting border turnarounds as deportations, something no other President has done. This vastly inflated his deportation numbers. “But more turnarounds only proves he takes border security seriously” I was told time and again. It was a valiant effort from a group who would never admit Obama was wrong on anything.
You see, way, way back in 2016 it was fashionable, even noble, to be tough on illegal immigration and firm on border security. Even the most dedicated Social Justice Warriors were eager to tout the Deporter In-Chief as the man to fix illegal immigration. Why, Obama himself was once keen to fix the problem, saying this:
“The number of immigrants added to the labor force every year is of a magnitude not seen in this country for over a century,” Obama noted. “If this huge influx of mostly low-skill workers provides some benefits to the economy as a whole—especially by keeping our workforce young, in contrast to an increasingly geriatric Europe and Japan—it also threatens to depress further the wages of blue-collar Americans and put strains on an already overburdened safety net.”
Flash forward to this week and notice the media coverage being given to Jose Garcia, who has lived in the United States for 30-years and is now being deported. The tearful interviews with his friends and wife, the heart-tugging tale of how he came to be here. You have to wonder, then, how many of these tales, these profoundly sad stories, have we missed? If the Deporter In-Chief was really taking the strong stance on illegals that I was told he was, is it possible there were 0 Jose Garcia like stories in his 8-years in office? Or were they ignored? And lest we forget, because no one in the MSM will mention this, Garcias first deportment proceeding was in 2015. Gee, who was President then?
Why, just last year, during the Presidential election, the left collectively embraced Hillary Clinton who once said:
“…we have to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay. So, we don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.”
Heck, while a sitting Senator Mrs. Clinton said “I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants. We’ve got to do more at our borders. And people have to stop employing illegal immigrants.”
To people who doubted that tougher immigration polices were needed she challenged “come up to Westchester, go to Suffolk and Nassau counties, stand in the street corners in Brooklyn or The Bronx — you’re going to see loads of people waiting to get picked up to go do yard work and construction work and domestic work,” she said, later adding that those who employ illegals are a part of the problem.
So how did we get from “our candidate IS tough on illegal immigration” to “Republicans are racist meanies for wanting to get tough on illegal immigration” in a few years? Why is the left suddenly so up-in-arms that illegal immigrants are being deported when just 16 months ago they were bragging about it?
That’s an easy question. Their candidates did exactly what the left wanted them to do on immigration: Nothing. For years they’ve played the long con with the American public. Running candidate after candidate who paid lip service to the problem in an effort to appear centrist while having a wink-nod agreement with the hard core leftist base that they would, in fact, do nothing about it. Their master plan has unraveled and their bluff has been called with Trump and they hate it. Because for the first time in modern history someone is doing exactly what they said they would and confronting this growing problem.
Now they’re stunned and saying “Hey, Mr. Trump, we have an unspoken arrangement here in Washington. We tell the plebes we will get tough on border security, we talk about it all the time, but ultimately we do nothing, The public, you see, is moronic and easily placated. You have no business breaking that decades old agreement.”
The left has carefully crafted a pyramid scheme for decades wherein they do nothing about illegals when they arrive, offer them all the incentives they can to stay, and count on it turning into a sob story later on so they can shriek “But he’s been here 10 years he has a life here now you monster!”
The longer they can continue to do nothing, the longer the timer can run and the newest batch to cross the border can turn from “illegal immigrants” into sob stories for the media to tell.
If you don’t act now, if you don’t make the hard decisions now, if you don’t enforce the law NOW, then in 20-years we have a whole new batch of Jose Garcias who will, at some future date when the left needs to demonize someone, magically turn into someone undeportable. It’s a never ending merry-go-around that Trump wants to stop from spinning and the left cant stand it.
After all these years someone is finally doing what they said they would about illegal immigration. Trump isn’t only keeping his promise, he’s fulfilling the hollow promises made by Obama and Hillary on the issue. The promises they never for one second intended to keep.