Ethics Test For Democrats And “The Resistance”: The Presidential Proclamation Addressing Mass Migration Through the Southern Border of the United States

You can read the proclamation here.

Unless I’m missing something, all it says is “The United States will enforce the law.” This, for some reason, is regarded with alarm by the New York Times, which writes,

“The Trump administration, invoking national security powers meant to protect the United States against threats from abroad, announced new rules on Thursday that give President Trump vast authority to deny asylum to virtually any migrant who crosses the border illegally.”

The President always had authority to enforce the law. In fact, his oath of office requires him to do so.

The literally insane idea that the United States should not enforce its borders that somehow has burrowed itself into the Left’s hive-mind will not prevail, and because it involves our survival as a nation, no matter what other misadventures President Trump blunders himself into, opposing this deadly virus of a concept will ensure his support from a broad coalition of the American public. Democrats and the news media could instantly reverse much of the polarization poisoning our democracy if they would only abandon their indefensible defense of illegal immigration, but they just can’t bring themselves to do it, presumably because they regard unfettered immigration as a path to total power.

We can expect more disingenuous screams of horror from progressives and Democrats, with Trump proving, in their deliberately distorted world view, that he and his supporters on this issue are racist and xenophobic because he will enforce the law. After all, they favor “comprehensive immigration reform,” which is and has always been a market-tested deceptive  euphemism for “don’t enforce immigration laws.”

There are some amusing comments on the proclamation on Althouse, where I got the link. My favorites:

“They are already shopping for a federal judge in Hawaii.”

“Gee, I wonder if the usual pattern will occur. District Judge orders an illegal national injunction, 9th refuses to stay, SCOTUS stays, it drags through the courts for years, SCOTUS affirms the President’s actions, riots.”

“‘Seems like if you’re an asylum seeker you have to use a legal point of entry. Could someone explain to me how that is unreasonable?”‘I know. “Asking someone to ring the doorbell, and we will come and open it” vs Allowing people to go through the cellar door without wiping their feet”

“I see the NYT has its Trump template out today. It’s angry liberals using MadLibs to ensure their articles contain all the required elements to fire up the base:
The Trump administration, invoking XXXXX, announced new rules YYYYY that give President Trump vast authority to ZZZZ. Administration officials declined to say AAAA, but it is widely expected inside the government and by advocate groups that Mr. Trump intends to BBBB, some of whom are CCCC….”

Some are wondering if the President issued a proclamation stating what shouldn’t have to be stated so the Trump Deranged and the open border wackos would have the predictable Pavlovian response for all to see. It’s possible.  I regard this issue as I have since the Reagan years, for nothing has changed: it is one of those ideologically-driven dangerous ideas that only has any traction because a particular group has decided to willfully ignore reality for their own benefit. I have been searching, begging for a valid justification for open borders advocacy all these years, and no one can offer any, just sentiment, emotion, and dishonesty….because that’s all there is. I also resent the situation, not restricted to this area, where taking the only logical and defensible position on an issue is used to mark you…as in me…as a partisan. Opposing open borders isn’t a conservative or Republican position just because the Left has jumped the rails of reality.

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23 responses to “Ethics Test For Democrats And “The Resistance”: The Presidential Proclamation Addressing Mass Migration Through the Southern Border of the United States

  1. An aside: is it unfair to represent the”caravan” with a Walking Dead-style photo of a zombie herd? I don’t think so. Like the armies of illegal immigrants trying to use shear mass to swarm over the borders, the zombies are relentless. cannot be reasoned with, and pose a threat to society. True, there is no political party in “The Walking Dead” that supports the zombies, but there may be by season 17 or so. I feel sorry for the zombies too, but that doesn’t mean they should be able to go wherever they choose.

  2. Gamereg

    Did you mean “armies of illegal immigrants”?

    • Greg

      The Latin American press is much more interesting and informative in its coverage of the caravan than the US press. Google Translate is easy to use. Many of the stories are about the logistics of the caravan. It’s getting a great deal of ad hoc assistance by Mexican localities that want to get rid of them and hence move them along to the next town or city, with some help from international organizations. No signs that I can detect of massive funding from Soros. There’s also lots of coverage of the shrinkage of the caravan as people turn back towards home. The reasons most often given are (1) we’re tired, hungry and dirty, (2) we’re discouraged because we think President Trump will keep us out and (3) we’re afraid because there are so many dangerous thugs in the group.

      For example, here’s a story today by La Prensa (Honduras): https://www.laprensa.hn/mundo/1232172-410/caravana-migrantes-cdmx-crisis-honduras-estados-unidos.

      Caravan of migrants: Hundreds leave metro in Mexico City but others decide to stay

      Mexico City, Mexico

      The caravan of Central American migrants who had spent a week in a shelter in Mexico City resumed their march to the United States on Friday, although only a few hundred of more than 5,500 returned to the road for the time being.

      The caravan of migrants, mostly Hondurans, had agreed on Thursday night in an assembly that it was time to leave after failing in an attempt to get 150 buses from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

      “We just warned that in the course of the morning the agreement was modified, they stay one more day, they did not tell us why,” Nashieli Ramírez, president of the Human Rights Commission (defense) of the capital, told the press after meeting with the leaders of the group.

      An AFP team featured in the shelter, located in a sports center east of the megacity, found that at dawn the bulk of the migrants remained asleep and only in the end a few hundred took their belongings to start the march.

      “We are leaving because we can not be there waiting, they only tell us lies that they are going to give us buses and we are going hungry, cold. With children it is impossible, there is no water to bathe,” Socorro Diaz told AFP. Honduran woman of 32 who travels with her children of 4 and 7 years old.

      The mayor gave them complete trains of the metro to travel without stops to the limit with the State of Mexico and then walk to the highway that leads to Querétaro, route approved Thursday night.

      Dozens of policemen struggled to organize the migrants into groups and point the way for the intricate and crowded subway at the peak hour in which crowds of citizens go to work and school.

      The migrants who travel in this caravan, which is followed by two more with about 2,000 people each, are determined to reach the United States despite the fact that President Donald Trump has warned that they will be prevented from entering, in addition to having deployed some 4,800 US soldiers on the border with Mexico.

  3. Greg

    I have been searching, begging for a valid justification for open borders advocacy all these years, and no one can offer any

    For years, I have asked my pro-immigration friends, “How many people do you think should be allowed to immigrate to the United States each year, and how should we choose them? Or do you think we should let in everyone who wants to come?” Other than a few libertarians who proudly announced that they believe in open borders, nobody has ever given me any answer beyond pious generalities about being a nation of immigrants or some variation of “you’re a racist.”

  4. valkygrrl

    The President always had authority to enforce the law. In fact, his oath of office requires him to do so.

    So you’re saying POTUS is obligated to repudiate this new policy and accept asylum applications?

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/1158

    (1) In general
    Any alien who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States (whether or not at a designated port of arrival and including an alien who is brought to the United States after having been interdicted in international or United States waters), irrespective of such alien’s status, may apply for asylum in accordance with this section or, where applicable, section 1225(b) of this title.

    • adimagejim

      Apply “may apply” not must be allowed entry. Application implies the legal option of rejection of some or all. And this isn’t asylum, this is a mass border crossing that without vetting could easily be considered a less than well armed incursion.

      • valkygrrl

        And this isn’t asylum

        Asylum is the topic we are discussing. Specifically, an order to refuse requests.

        this is a mass border crossing

        You have proof of that? As far as I’ve been informed–informed rather than fox news hype that disappeared the day after the election–They intend to present themselves at a border crossing and request asylum.

        But should your unsourced prediction come true, US law allows people who have crossed at some point other than an official border crossing to request asylum, there’s a process, it isn’t automatically accepted, it is often rejected. However it is not rejected out of hand, there’s a hearing, there’s something resembling due process.

        could easily be considered a less than well armed incursion.

        Absurd grasping at straws doesn’t bolster your case. You know full well that there isn’t an army marching on our border, you know it because you smirked to yourself when you typed it. You know it because it’s the most back-assward plan anyone could make. The Rio Grande isn’t the walls of Troy and a bunch of tired grubby half-starved people can’t open the gates.

        Sell disingenuous somewhere else.

        • The legal aspects aside . . .

          And this isn’t asylum, this is a mass border crossing that without vetting could easily be considered a less than well armed incursion.

          Absurd grasping at straws doesn’t bolster your case. You know full well that there isn’t an army marching on our border, you know it because you smirked to yourself when you typed it. You know it because it’s the most back-assward plan anyone could make. The Rio Grande isn’t the walls of Troy and a bunch of tired grubby half-starved people can’t open the gates.

          Incursion: an invasion or attack, especially a sudden or brief one. “Incursions into enemy territory”. Synonyms: attack on, assault on, raid on, invasion of, storming of, overrunning of, foray into, blitz on, sortie into, sally against/into, advance on/into, push into, thrust into, descent on.

          Living as I do — with a temporary visa — in a poor region of Colombia I can honestly say I know poor people pretty well, especially poor Latinos. Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador suffer from the same general social and economic problems as do the poor of Colombia. I can look at all the faces of these caravanistas and understand who they are, where they come from, what they suffer from and under, and why they would seek to come to the US (or Canada).

          There will be among them, mostly among the men, either young of adult, criminal elements. The closer one gets to poor communities, and the closer to poverty and lack of resources, education, literacy, the more people live in a liminal world between legitimacy and criminality. In the town where I live, walking into the lower class areas of workshops, mechanics shops, very small businesses, etc. one enters, basically, this other word. Drugs, thieves, scam-artists, opportunistic robbers, there among the very hardworking and normal people who are (in my experience) genuinely good people by any standard. The same will be true among the caravan people.

          It is very true that the idea of a caravan, and of some bizarre idea that you can force your way into a country, is likely not the idea dreamed up by these poor people. They are desperate, desperately ignorant, barely literate, and come from countries and communities torn apart by violence, crime, desperation, and ignorance. These are people who are caught in the middle of events that they cannot control. They are really at the mercy of pure contingency.

          Armed? Definitely some with knives, sharpened screwdrivers and such as these. These are basic self-defense tools that many poor people (men) will often carry.

          It is like an army marching to the border. It is a wave of immigration from the poor regions of Mesoamerica. Millions of others, quite similar to them, have already incurred and they now make up something like 10 million or (I have read) as many as 20 million of the illegals.

          The Rio Grande isn’t the walls of Troy and a bunch of tired grubby half-starved people can’t open the gates.

          Well, no, but then really yes. They already have. Millions and millions have entered and, truth be told, they are not of a stock that will ever contribute much. You will either come to recognize this, or you won’t.

          The best thing that can be done, and it will become necessary, is to help these people and millions like them to stay in their own region and work toward social change, improvement of their economy, etc. This is not going on in Colombia with pretty dramatic results. It is the creation of a livable system. The US contributed BILLIONS to it.

        • adimagejim

          Here’s the straw… we are required to let no one in. The fact this caravan has in excess of 10,000 of unknown background is a national security issue including the reasonable possibility of chaotic overrunning of the border. The organized nature of this caravan indicates they had time to plan their large group tour to the US.
          As for FoxNews, haven’t even seen it in 6 years. End stereotype.

          • adimagejim

            FYI poverty is not a reason to be granted asylum.
            No smirking occurred in the typing of this comment or the prior one or the one before that, Valk.

          • valkygrrl

            We are required by US law to allow people to apply for asylum.

            And check your numbers.

            • Wow. We are required to follow the law when progressives want to. If it does not support their narrative, not so much.

              I expect to hear you coming out against Sanctuary cities now. They violate the law, too

              And when are you going to advocate for prosecution for Hillary, who broke umpteen laws over the past decade? Or Comey, who admitted leaking classified material? How about the Obama Administration, who used a fake dossier to get a FISA warrant to SPY ON A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN?

              Please.

              As an aside, progressives have taught everyone about ignoring laws they did not like. Now, if (and it may only be an if) Trump does the same thing, do you really think the Left has a leg to stand on?

              • dragin_dragon

                In this case, not even that. If you actually read the law, the alien has to be IN the United States before applying. And, for further edification, previous behavior, crashing the Mexican barricades at the Guatemalan border is a reasonable predictor of future behavior…arrival at the U.S. border.

            • adimagejim

              Let them all apply if they are interested in legality. Reject them all if the lawful policy decision is “no more”.
              Does the exact number matter? How many did it take to kill over 3,000 Americans?

    • Michael R.

      Refugees are required to register their asylum case in the first foreign country they come to. Again, people want to pick and choose the laws they apply. Both the US and Mexico signed that treaty. They are supposed to register their asylum in Mexico.

      http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/protection/basic/3b66c2aa10/convention-protocol-relating-status-refugees.html

  5. Leave it to progressives to turn obeying the law they helped create into racism, of whatever. Good job, Val

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