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Update on the Wall

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There’s not much to say.

As I previously wrote, once Trump caved in and agreed to “temporary” refunding of the government, he would lose most of his leverage with Democrats. He probably lost support of Republicans who were totally behind massive tax cuts for the rich, but they were never behind border security with the same sort of passion.

Liberals in the MSM will be outraged for a while over Trump’s “authoritarian” and “unprecedented” use of a national “emergency,” even though there are 31 other active national “emergencies.” Like many other Trump executive orders, liberals will probably find a liberal Trump-hating judge who will issue an injunction over it. Hopefully, it will quickly get to the Supreme Court where that injunction will be reversed.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 16, 2019 at EST am

Posted in Immigration, Politics

Democrats won’t admit that all border fencing is racist

http://thefederalist.com/2019/01/08/why-is-a-border-wall-immoral/

This is a great article in The Federalist, I pretty much agree with everything the author says.

We already have around 700 miles of barriers. Swalwell’s state of California shares a 140-mile border with Mexico, about 105 miles of which is walled or fenced, including a giant fence that juts into the Pacific Ocean. Are those walls immoral and racist, also? If so, why don’t Democrats support tearing down these nefarious structures?

The answer to these questions is that 15 years ago, Democrats didn’t realize that border fencing was racist. Now they are more woke. How does that work? As I’ve previously pointed out, Donald Trump is the rare individual who seems to be immune to having his beliefs change over time based on the zeitgeist. Most people change what they believe subconsciously, without even realizing that it happened. For most people, beliefs are based on emotions and tribal association, and not on independent logical thinking that has to be consistent over time.

But Democrats know that demanding all border barriers of any kind be torn down would be unpopular and would lose votes, so their goal is to chip away at border security and slowly but surely move in the direction of open borders with no barriers (physical or legal) at all to immigration.

Thus we see that Democrats oppose the wall not because it’s not the most cost-effective way to prevent illegal immigration, but rather they are opposed to it because secretly they believe that it works, even though they publicly argue the opposite. A wall that works is racist.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 10, 2019 at EST am

Posted in Immigration, Politics

Trump’s speech and Chuck & Nancy’s response

Chuck & Nancy’s position is that there is no way in hell that they will ever give Trump a win, and if the government has to be shut down forever to deny Trump a win, then so be it. Those aren’t words they actually said, but that was an assumption behind what they did say. Which puts them in a stronger position, because it’s not just bravura, the Democrats really are unanimously united to deny Trump a win at all costs. And the mainstream media, except for Fox News and the Drudge Report, are fully behind the Democrats.

I don’t feel like Trump said anything that would convince a voter like my mother to change her mind on the issue. And that means that it won’t shore up the resolve of Republicans in Congress, many of whom secretly wish that Jeb Bush or Mike Pence was president instead of Trump. (They don’t care that Republican voters soundly rejected Jeb Bush and other establishment-preferred candidates. What do you think this is, a Democracy?)

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 9, 2019 at EST am

Posted in Immigration, Politics

Nancy Pelosi basically admits she wants open borders

Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi said that “a wall is an immorality between countries.” In other words, the problem with a wall has nothing to do with cost-benefit analysis, it’s because she’s totally against preventing people from crossing the border.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 4, 2019 at EST pm

Posted in Immigration

Do walls work?

According to Rich Lowry in the NY Post:

Robust fencing made an enormous difference in stopping illegal crossings in Yuma, Ariz. The area had only about 5 miles of fencing in the mid-2000s, then saw the extent of its fencing ¬increase 10-fold. Illegal crossings plummeted.

Yuma got that additional fencing thanks to the passage of the Secure Fence Act in 2006 on a ¬bi-partisan basis, prior to the Democratic Party becoming ¬unsettled by the prospect of putting physical barriers in the way of illegal entrants.

That walls keep people out seems obvious, but naysayers insist that people can just dig under the wall, so what’s the point?

People can also get around locked doors, so what’s the point of locking the door to your house?

Seems to me that nearly all of the people who make the argument that walls don’t work are also in favor of liberal immigration policies, some to the extent of underhandedly trying to get to an open borders policy through non-enforcement of any immigration laws. Is there a single person who is strongly against immigration who says a wall doesn’t work? I don’t think so.

The wall is especially important so long as Congress refuses to change the policy that allows anyone to demand asylum once they set foot on U.S. soil and we aren’t allowed to deport them after that.

Even stricter enforcement of laws prohibiting the hiring of illegals and requiring the use of e-verify doesn’t obviate the need for a wall, because there are people who still want to cross the border to either work for those willing to violate the law, or to make money by being criminals.

Also, the porous southern border is the easiest way to sneak contraband into the country, it’s much riskier to do it through a legal port-of-entry (where they have high-tech equipment and drug-sniffing-dogs and people inspecting your stuff).

However, this country also needs entry-exit visa tracking, mandatory e-verify, and many other policies that Democrats in Congress (along with some open-borders Republicans) will refuse to pass, because as I stated above, they want to get to open borders through non-enforcement of the laws. They figure, eventually there will be enough open-borders people in Congress to grant a massive amnesty to all of the illegals. Or maybe, if they can put enough left-wing judges onto the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court will suddenly discover that illegals have a Constitutional right to stay here permanently. (One of the huge benefits of the Trump presidency is that he has put off that day of reckoning by appointing conservative judges.)

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 4, 2019 at EST am

Posted in Immigration

Border Wall GoFundMe

https://www.gofundme.com/TheTrumpWall

I’m impressed that this has passed $5 million, but still, it seems too good to be true that this will actually work.

How much money does it have to raise before the New York Times will acknowledge its existence?

5:41 PM EST: $7.7 million

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 20, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Immigration

Build the Wall

I’m sick and tired of the Wall not being built. I fully support Trump shutting down the government until Congress funds a lousy $5 billion (out of a $4+ trillion budget) for the Wall.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 17, 2018 at EST am

Trump stands up for the Wall

He told Chuck and Nancy that he will shut down the government if he doesn’t get his $5 billion for the Wall.

Finally, Trump is doing what the voters gave him the mandate to do. Hopefully he’s doing that. Every other time, Trump has caved in on the Wall.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 11, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Immigration

Some migrant caravan members going back to their home countries

Reported in the Washington Post

If they were truly “refugees,” they wouldn’t have any place to return to. Proving that their asylum claims are bogus.

8 USC § 1101(42)(A) says:

The term “refugee” means (A) any person who is outside any country of such person’s nationality or, in the case of a person having no nationality, is outside any country in which such person last habitually resided, and who is unable or unwilling to return to, and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of, that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion

These people are not “refugees” and are not entitled to asylum. They’re not being persecuted in their home countries for any of the reasons stated in the statutes. (The reason generally given is that crime is out of control in their home countries, but that also applies to some places in the United States like Detroit. Yeah, a lot of countries suck compared to the United States, but the entire population of the world aren’t “refugees” because their countries are sh**holes. However, maybe the U.S. should be a lot more proactive in de-sh**ifying the world, which probably requires tough love.)

Our legal system is f**ed up that we allow anyone and everyone to stay here for years just because they enter the country illegally and then make an asylum claim.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 29, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Immigration

Thoughts about the migrant caravan

It’s pretty obvious that if the caravan gets into the United States, then that will only encourage more and bigger caravans, because it will be seen as a proven way to evade U.S. immigration laws.

Will Trump be able to keep it out? I’m not optimistic. Trump always loses to liberal judges on these issues. Some Ninth Circuit judge will say that they have a Constitutional right to cross the border so they can apply for asylum. Because it says so in the Constitution right next to where it says that gays have a right to marry.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 26, 2018 at EST pm

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