By Rick Oltman, January 22, 2019
President Trump’s national address on immigration and the border wall on Saturday afternoon covered the entire immigration issue. The President had just left a naturalization ceremony of legal immigrants who were sworn in as U.S. citizens. He described it as “… a beautiful ceremony and a moving reminder of our nation’s proud history of welcoming legal immigrants from all over the world into our national family.”
From legal immigration and citizenship, he moved on to the problems we have faced for decades caused by our lax border security: child exploitation, rape, narcotics, reduced wages for American workers, the “strains (on) social services,” criminal illegal aliens, gang members, cop killers, and the Angel Moms and Dads who have lost children to illegal aliens. And he acknowledged that “… these criminals, drug smugglers, gangs and traffickers do not stop at our border, they permeate throughout our country, and they end up in some places where you’d least expect them. They go all through our country.”
President Trump told the country, “I want this to end. It’s got to end now. These are not talking points. These are the heartbreaking realities that are hurting innocent, precious human beings every single day on both sides of the border.”
Correct. These are NOT talking points.
Some of the solutions he offered have gotten some skeptical reviews in the national media, and perhaps for good reason. The President covered DACA and TPS and more U.S. Border Patrol agents, more immigration judges.
A temporary extension could result in a DACA amnesty, and that would not be good because of the message it would send the world. TPS has been extended and extended and extended for many groups for years, so nothing new there. We have learned that when the subject is immigration, that “temporary” usually results in the exact opposite.
Some would consider the presentation a masterful public relations move. What is President Trump up to? Only he and his allies in the Administration and Congress know for sure, but my observation is that he has offered everything that the House Speaker and Senate Minority Leader have advocated for, even voted for, in the past. And the country heard the offer. It was immediately rejected, of course, meaning that the Administration can now do what it can, and that’s a lot, to secure our border and enhance interior enforcement and … build the wall.
Interestingly, President Trump’s approval rating with Hispanic Americans has jumped an incredible 19 points in one month. The most recent poll was taken during the partial government shutdown over the President’s proposed border wall.
Is there another amnesty coming? I don’t think so.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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