By Rick Oltman, May 16, 2018
The rhetoric about immigration and law enforcement continues unabated with the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, responding to a stupid comment by Senator Patty Murray. Murray had asked Nielsen to come up with alternatives to the current detention policy. Nielsen described other methods to track apprehended illegal immigrants, explaining that whatever the method, the government will deport those caught in the United States illegally.
At that point, Murray interrupted her with, “I know what your philosophy is.” And the comeback she got from Nielsen was classic: “It’s not a philosophy. It’s a law Congress passed!”
In Senator John McCain’s 418-page new book, due to be released on May 22, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations,” McCain pontificates about the immigration issue, “Right now, Republicans are on the wrong side of that progress … and if we want to retain our competitiveness in the fastest-growing communities in the country, we’ll stop letting the zealots drive the debate, and fix the problems that [give] them their soapbox.”
To Senator McCain, those who want to enforce our laws are “zealots,” and to Senator Murray, they are driven by a “philosophy.”
McCain badly hurt himself with voters during his disastrous 2008 presidential run, when he aligned with the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) to push comprehensive amnesty legislation, which then-President George W. Bush also backed. McCain was well known as a supporter of amnesty, and yet failed to get a majority of the Hispanic vote in his home state of Arizona.
McCain and Murray, and many other career politicians, have failed to acknowledge that illegal immigration and enforcement have become top issues with the American voter. The combination of the crimes committed by illegal aliens, the excellent work and sacrifice by the members of Maria Espinosa’s Remembrance Project, who have lost loved ones to illegal aliens because sanctimonious politicians want to protect illegal aliens from deportation, has finally resonated with the American people and helped Donald Trump to win the election.
The reason the immigration laws have not been repealed, the reason why there has not been another big amnesty after the 1986 disaster, is that the American people want the laws enforced.
Yes Senator Murray, regarding immigration enforcement, “It’s not a philosophy. It’s a law Congress passed.”
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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