As the partial government shutdown moves into its fourth week, Democratic leaders in Congress remain steadfast in their decision to not negotiate with President Donald Trump over funding for the border wall.
Last week, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made it clear to Trump she wouldn’t budge from her refusal to even discuss funding for a border barrier, Trump got up and walked out of the meeting. On Jan. 15, no Democrat turned up to the White House upon Trump’s invitation to continue negotiations.
So the impasse continues, with neither side budging from their positions. Trump wants $5.7 billion to fund the border wall and Democrats won’t even discuss it.
In fact, the key talking point in the mainstream media (which I often refer to as the “DNC Media Complex,” a term coined by the late, great Andrew Breitbart) is that Trump is “manufacturing” a border crisis that doesn’t really exist.
Crime Figures Alone Prove This Is No Manufactured Crisis
Time and again, Democrats have put their faces in front of cameras to insist that there’s no real humanitarian crisis at the southern border and that Trump is just being a drama queen by pretending that there’s a huge problem where there really isn’t one.
This fun, new Democrat talking point is 100 percent false. Trump isn’t manufacturing a humanitarian crisis; if anything, he’s understating it. Just in Texas alone, the human cost of illegal immigration is astronomical. Take, for example, the number of crimes committed in Texas by people who shouldn’t even be in the country.
The Texas Department of Public Safety released these numbers last year:
In a seven-year period, from 2011 to 2018, the amount of crime caused in the state by illegal aliens is simply staggering:
“Between June 1, 2011, and December 31, 2018, these 186,000 illegal aliens were charged with more than 292,000 criminal offenses which included arrests for 539 homicide charges; 32,443 assault charges; 5,695 burglary charges; 36,840 drug charges; 395 kidnapping charges; 15,859 theft charges; 23,487 obstructing police charges; 1,650 robbery charges; 3,428 sexual-assault charges; 2,152 sexual-offense charges; and 2,949 weapon charges.”
Note that this awful toll is just Texas. Imagine how staggering the figures would be if data from other border states, such as California and Arizona, was added. If we had adequate control over the southern border, how many thousands of people wouldn’t have been killed or become victims of other serious crimes?
And I won’t even get started on the huge financial drain it is for just the border states to deal with capturing criminal illegal aliens after they commit their serious crimes, putting them on trial, convicting and then incarcerating them.
Woefully Outdated Border System Needs Serious Reform
When many of the current border laws and policies were designed and put in place, we didn’t have highly organized criminal cartels in foreign countries using massive resources to create and sustain large trafficking networks to smuggle hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, as well as astronomical amounts of drugs and tons of illegal weapons, into our country.
The response must keep pace with the threat. And that hasn’t been the case when it comes to the United States’ southern border. There have only been piecemeal attempts to plug the dike until now, as the cracks keep getting bigger and bigger and the humanitarian cost of the crisis keeps climbing higher and higher.
Despite the desperate efforts of the Democratic Party to hide them, the staggering costs of the immigration crisis can no longer be put off, and dealing with the problem can’t be pushed off. They know this. So why are they fighting so desperately to keep real reform at the border from happening?
I’ll tell you why. Because they are in the midst of a multi-decade program to change the demographic makeup of the United States.
Deliberate Strategy to Change Electorate
The radicals who took over the Democratic Party in the mid-to-late 1960s have continued in recent decades to position the Democratic Party further and further to the left. They recognized long ago, as their true agenda for the country became evident, that they would begin to lose significant parts of their voting base.
The program that the Progressive Left has for America is Marxist and Communist at its heart, something that makes it profoundly un-American. So, as they passed one benchmark after another on the road to their goals, they realized many patriotic Americans who were Democrats would leave the party.
Having realized the problem, the party leaders created a strategy that involved replacing the American citizens they’d lose as their real agenda became increasingly apparent, with non-citizens who would be allowed to vote.
In case you’re wondering, this is why Democrats also fight any kind of voter-fraud reform with the ferocity of wolverines. They aren’t at the stage where they’re willing to openly fight for illegals to vote in our elections, but you know it’s coming.
A key part of the strategy, however, is convincing white/Hispanic/black working-class Democrats, who are to be replaced with illegals, that what they see happening isn’t really happening: that their party is keeping the border open to allow a flood of millions of illegal immigrants into the United States to compete with them for jobs.
That’s what leads to this kind of shameless pandering by Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, when he was talking tough on illegal immigration in 2010. It was all smoke and mirrors to convince that still-key part of the Democratic party base that their leaders were fighting so hard for them, while, in reality, they weren’t.
The vast majority of the 400,000 illegals caught at the southern border in fiscal 2018 don’t speak English, don’t have high school diplomas, and, therefore, are only going to be able to get the most menial of jobs; many of them will end up on welfare to support themselves while they are here. The more illegal aliens that are allowed into the United States, the higher the taxes on border-state citizens who provide the funds for that welfare.
This simply isn’t sustainable. We can’t continue to allow almost a half-million impoverished and mostly unemployable people into this country every year.
So instead of allegedly manufacturing a crisis, Trump is actually recognizing one and moving to fix it. And by doing so, he’s ruthlessly exposing an entire political party that has fixed its political fortunes on this crisis never being seriously addressed.
Too bad for them.
Brian Cates is a writer based in South Texas and author of “Nobody Asked For My Opinion … But Here It Is Anyway!” He can be reached on Twitter @drawandstrike.
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