Democrats and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) have been trying mightily to convince Americans that the border crisis is merely a perception created by President Trump, with “manufactured” suddenly being the word of choice. It seems everyone got the memo, so to speak, and took their cue from Schumer and Pelosi to coordinate their use of that and other buzzwords --- not just opinion writers and party hacks but even the “news” reporters and so-called fact-checkers.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen fact-checkers blend fact and opinion when “grading” statements for accuracy, but this is the worst it has been in my memory. They had to do this because they’d painted themselves into a corner by accusing Trump of lying even before he gave his Oval Office address. When it turned out his stats were absolutely correct, what were they supposed to do –- admit he’d told the truth? That was never going to happen.
So, is there a border crisis or not? Of course, there clearly is. In fact, it’s so obvious that one has to wonder just how much monumental Trump-hate it takes to ignore the crisis in order to inflict political damage on him. Trump didn’t have to make things up or exaggerate to present his case to the nation because it’s all real. (He was wrong on one rape statistic, but nobody’s crowing about that because the actual number is much worse.) To ignore this reality, Democrats have to live in an alternate universe. If they care at all about the various forms of suffering –- human trafficking, drug smuggling, rape, violent death, child endangerment, contagious disease and possible terrorism –- resulting from an open border, their concern is far outweighed by the fervent desire to stop Trump from gaining a political victory.
Democrats can no longer hide this, because we all know they were for the border fence before they were against it. The Secure Fence Act of 2006 was a bipartisan bill. A secure barrier along the border wasn’t immoral then, but it is now. It wasn’t ineffective then, or too expensive, but it is now. We needed it then, but we don’t now. The things even then-Sen. Obama said about border security then were pretty much what Trump is saying now. So we KNOW this is political theater.
We can also infer that the hardships and inconveniences associated with the partial shutdown –- in particular, the inability to issue paychecks to government workers, who normally would get them on Friday –- are of little concern to Democratic leaders, no matter how many crocodile tears they cry. If they really cared about those workers, they could end this farce right now. They just don’t want Trump to get his secure border, even though it’s the same thing they professed to favor in 2006. On the other hand, Trump cannot cave, because he (and the people who support him) actually care about the human toll from illegal immigration. Trump is there to fix a serious problem. As hard as it will be for some government employees to miss one or possibly more paychecks, it’s still not in the same category as the threat posed by an open border.
The Democrats use words like “manufactured” to describe the border crisis because it works with their voters, at least if they say it often enough. A year ago, a Harvard University poll found that 8 out of 10 U.S. voters believed that the United States needs secure borders. That broke down to 93 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of independents and even 68 percent of Democrats. (Incidentally, 70 percent also believed in granting priority to those immigrants who could “contribute to America.”) The Democrats have used the past year to convince Democrats and independents that the border problem has been greatly exaggerated and that a wall will not work –- in other words, lie to them –-- to keep them from agreeing with Trump that a barrier is needed, when it absolutely is.
There’s also the issue of national security. We don’t know how many infiltrators from around the world are passing right through our porous border, but investigative reporter Sara A. Carter is at the Rio Grande right now and just got a firsthand look at one such case. Within ten minutes of arriving at the border, she and the law enforcement official who was accompanying her on foot ran into a couple of men on the road. At first they put their hands up, as they expected to be arrested. (The encounter was captured on video, which Sean Hannity played Wednesday night on his FOX News TV show.) When Carter asked what country they were from, one replied, “Bangladesh.”
These men did not strike Carter as dangerous at that moment, but she pointed out that Bangladesh is one of the “special interest countries,” along with Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc., that are home to ISIS and other terrorist groups.
One of the men knew a little English and was able to say that it had taken them three months to get from Bangladesh to the United States. They had been taken to Dubai, he said, then to Brazil, then north through Central America and Mexico. He said the walking part had taken them three months. When Carter asked him who had brought them to America, he said he didn’t know; it’s possible he hadn’t understood the question. He said each of them had paid $16,000 to make the whole trip. According to Carter, he told her they didn’t even know they were in the United States.
It’s time to face reality. The last word here goes to former Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan, who says the wall would work and that this view is “not based on a personal, political ideology.” It’s “based on historical data and facts that can be proven.”