Guest Post by John C. Velisek USN (Ret)
for the Common Constitutionalist
Immigration is once again a hot-button issue for the progressive socialist left. And it gets hotter during an election year. Once again the corporate fat cats and leftists are in an uproar over the same policies that Obama made a part of the politics of bringing down America. In the fall of 2013, unaccompanied illegal minors inundated our country and spurred the start of catch and release. Even former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson claimed just a few days ago that “catch and release” does not work.
Democrat Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar appeared on CNN and admitted that the Obama Administration also had family separations but was covered up by both the administration and the media. The policy of letting these illegals run free in our country is a detriment and a danger to the law abiding people of this country. It is not asylum that the majority of these people are looking for, but economic betterment through the largesse of the American taxpayer.
Under the former administration, the federal government unwittingly initiated, through the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the placement of these minors into homes for child sex trafficking, forced labor, and situations that can be considered nothing more than modern day slavery.
Only 5% of these cases between 2013 and 2015 were ever investigated. Even Rosie O’Donnell, that bastion of tolerance, talked of children being in federal custody before being shipped out to child traffickers. And it wasn’t until she tweeted her self-righteous indignation, based on an article and investigation from January 2016, when Obama was president. The progressive socialists continue to ignore or make excuses for the Obama administration for the exact same situation that they demonize President Trump for, hoping the American people will not notice.
And what is the progressive socialist response? Part of the reaction is to call these people coming over our border “immigrants” rather than what they are – “illegal aliens.” The ACLU, along with the George Soros sponsored MoveOn.Org and the cheap labor advocate group National Domestic Workers Alliance, continue to proclaim that Donald Trump is Hitler. Not mentioned is the fact that DACA, as put in place by an executive order by Obama was unconstitutional, or that ICE is doing nothing more than enforcing the laws passed by Congress.
Celebrities, pivoting off the ignorant positions that they took on guns, are now clamoring for more illegal immigrants. It makes sense that they would be up in arms. After all, they don’t want to pay their housekeepers, maids, and pool boys the “living wage” that American workers might demand.
They wring their hands over separating children from their parents as required by law, and as stated by Obama. The pictures that have been splashed all over the pages of the media were from the Obama administration. Even politicians on the left are continuing to lie about the conditions people are being held. And refuse to recognize that 80% of the children coming illegally to our country are unaccompanied. Kind of makes it impossible to “reunite” them, doesn’t it.
Of course, most of the pro-illegal immigration advocates demand that both these children and their families be immediately released. We even have Nancy Pelosi calling for ZERO Enforcement. The leftist running for Governor, Cynthia Nixon, is calling ICE a terrorist organization for enforcing the laws that have been passed by Congress. The progressive socialists are using unaccompanied illegal children as a talking point and not being truthful about what has happened in the past, nor being willing to discuss in any way the illegal immigration reform that is required.