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As I watch the coverage of President Trump’s efforts to secure the border and Democrat-Republican efforts to thwart any effective form of Border Security*, I’m struck by the fact in the mainstream media, the simple fact that Democrats (and a lot of Republicans) oppose Border Security because they want the uncontrolled migration of cheap labor and loyal Democrat voters from Central America (and, increasingly, Africa and the Middle East) to continue unabated. This is, in fact, the central issue of illegal immigration and opposition to Border Security, but you never hear it brought up on CNN, NBC, ABC, or even Fox News nor on the pages of the New York Times or Washington Post. Why is that?
The pundits obfuscate the issue by talking about “asylum seekers” (without mentioning that migrants can apply for asylum without leaving their home countries, much less illegally rushing the border), but more often, any discussion on the issue is limited to “Trump wants to stop immigration because he is a racist and Democrats oppose a Border Wall because they are not racists.” That is the current intellectual depth of the average network discussion on the topic.
It just seems to me you can’t have a full and honest discussion about the issues of illegal immigration and border security without discussing the motivations of politicians who support the former and oppose the latter.
* Now, Democrats will claim, “We support putting cameras on the border, so it’s unfair to say we want open borders.” But cameras at the border are as useless as a California Republican. To make an analogy, it’s as though someone owned a liquor store in a bad neighborhood and was getting robbed every night. His city tells him, “You can’t lock up your store at night, but you can install security cameras.” So, he installs cameras to take pictures of the guys robbing his liquor store. But the city refuses to arrest or prosecute them because “People have a moral right to rob liquor stores.” That’s pretty much the situation with illegal immigration. Cameras at the border are similarly useless.Published in