By Rick Oltman, October 31, 2017
We have learned to expect practically nothing but hyperbole from elected officials with regard to immigration reform and enforcement. The past thirty years or so have been full of platitudes and promises and, frankly, lies about defending our country’s borders and enforcing our immigration and employment laws.
Today’s social media makes it educational, entertaining at least, to read the comments on news stories and opinion pieces. And given the political leaning of a specific demographic, some of the comments can be very enlightening.
I’m referring to my own Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA). Huffman represents the Second Congressional District north of San Francisco to the Oregon border, the seat once occupied by Barbara Boxer. In a real sense, one can call the North Bay, “Barbara Boxer Land.” To give an even better picture of the electorate, Huffman won his reelection with 77% of the vote, the Democrat candidate for president took 69%.
With that background, it is more than interesting that Congressman Huffman would publish an op-ed in the local newspaper, the Marin Independent Journal, touting the Dream Act with all the hackneyed shibboleths to which we have become accustomed. He asserts that, “This is a test of our national character.”
Then he gets to the real reason for passing the Dream Act, it will lead the way to a general amnesty, “… for legal status and a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.” Which, of course, is probably closer to 35-40 million illegals.
The best part of this op-ed is the comments by mostly anonymous posters. But in a county that cast over 77% of its vote for the Democrat presidential candidate, and only 15.5% for the Republican, the responses to Huffman are really encouraging.
- This state spends BILLIONS on education and health care for ILLEGAL aliens.
- My values tilt toward honoring the laws of the republic while advocating for change. If Huffman’s values advocate ignoring the laws because they aren’t as he wishes, he lied when taking his oath of office.
- Comprehensive immigration reform does NOT reward lawbreakers with citizenship.
- E-Verify 2. Build the wall 3. Reform visa process 4. End chain migration. Then we can talk about DACA, and granting some form of legal status to the 11 million illegals here. To get citizenship, however, they need to go to the back of the line.
- For Huffman, the only goal is to flood the country with new Democrat voters as fast as possible. That’s why he mentioned not a single word about enforcement.
- The real focus should be on the Governments of Mexico and Central America to build their economies, not pretend we have unlimited resources to accommodate them.
- There is an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients in the US. That is 800,000 jobs American Citizens don’t have or will be in competition for.
- I’d like to see Jared express his concern for taxpayers and the load they are bearing.
And et cetera.
People read these comments in their local media.
When we began the immigration reform movement in California over 26 years ago, and as we got increasing press coverage, one of the most repeated comments we heard from people who supported enforcement was, “I thought I was the only one who thought that way.”
Posting comments on local social media is the modern way to let those same kind of people know they are NOT the only ones thinking OUR way, the enforcement way. The education must continue.
Once more unto the digital breach, dear friends, once more … .
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill]
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