The Quote Below: More Misinformation from the Media
“President Trump announced last week that he would be deporting ‘millions’ of people living in the U.S. illegally, a promise that just happened to precede the formal launch in Orlando, Fla., of his reelection campaign. Anyone who knows anything about the immigration system saw that threat for what it was: a nonsensical bit of bluster that far exceeded the government’s ability to act but that would fire up the president’s political base while spreading fear and chaos through immigrant communities.
“And sure enough, a couple of days later, acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Mark Morgan said the target would actually not be millions of people after all, but would be about 2,000 families against whom the government already has final deportation orders. . . .
“In fact, the only continuity here is Trump’s ongoing animus toward immigrants, and his repeated reliance on bullying and blustering as a negotiating strategy. He used a similar approach when he threatened tariffs . . . to bludgeon Mexico into promising to do more to stop the flow of migrants from Central America, even though tariffs have nothing to do with human migration.
“Trump’s failures as a president are framed by his personal shortcomings. . . . The humanitarian crisis at the border, which results from hundreds of thousands of people fleeing danger and poverty in Central America, will not be fixed by bellowing at Mexico to do more, or by terrorizing immigrant communities in the U.S. with threats of mass sweeps.” – The Only Consistent Thing About Trump’s Immigration Policy Is His Animus Toward Migrants, Los Angeles Times, The Times Editorial Board, 6/25/19 [Link]
Fact Check of Quote: One thing evident in this editorial is a consistent animus against President Trump which puts a negative spin on everything he does. Suggesting to illegal aliens that our laws apply to them is “terrorizing immigrant communities.” Do the Times editorialists believe that it is the duty of law enforcement to keep lawbreakers from feeling any distress? One wonders if these writers even believe that illegal immigration is a crime. That would explain their use of “immigrant communities,” a nice-sounding euphemism to disguise the reality of foreigners residing illegally in our country.
It is probably true that our government doesn’t have the immediate ability to deport millions, but the president may have made this statement to express his ultimate intension—with the deportation of the 2,000 families being the first step toward that goal. Under the Obama Administration, most illegal aliens got the message that they were home free in the United States. President Trump is now sending the message that they may not be so secure. Perhaps this new uncertainly will encourage them to go home their own, and spare our authorities the trouble of deporting them.
The editorialists think that the president was “bellowing” when he threatened Mexico with tariffs if that country didn’t do more to stop migrant caravans from crossing its territory to reach the U.S. They claim that tariffs have “nothing to do” with migration. Actually there doers seem to be a connection, as the rate of migration across our border has slowed since the president issued his warning to Mexico.
The Los Angeles Times and most other metropolitan newspapers seem to have an “ongoing animus” toward effective immigration law enforcement. They seem to care little about the distinction between citizens and noncitizens, thus denying the significance of citizenship. They also show scant regard for our rule of law and the security of our borders. Can they hold these stances and still be considered patriotic Americans? It’s a question that citizens definitely need to ask.