Illegal immigration is much in the news as of late, with President Donald Trump floating an interesting plan on how to deal with detained illegal immigrants: Release them into sanctuary locales.
“Just out: The USA has the absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities,” Trump tweeted Saturday.
“We hereby demand that they be taken care of at the highest level, especially by the State of California, which is well known or (sic) its poor management & high taxes!”
Just out: The USA has the absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities. We hereby demand that they be taken care of at the highest level, especially by the State of California, which is well known or its poor management & high taxes!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2019
Even before that tweet was published, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was expressing her outrage at the proposal.
“I don’t know anything about it, but again, it’s just another notion that is unworthy of the presidency of the United States and disrespectful of the challenges that we face as a county, as a people, to address who we are: a nation of immigrants,” she said Friday, according to The Hill.
But conservative actor James Woods had no problem pointing out just how hypocritical and opportunistic Pelosi’s stance really is.
We all know that if illegal aliens voted Republican, Schumer and Pelosi would be out there laying bricks on the border themselves.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) April 13, 2019
“We all know that if illegal aliens voted Republican, Schumer and Pelosi would be out there laying bricks on the border themselves,” he tweeted on Saturday.
While illegal aliens don’t typically vote, their children certainly do, given birthright citizenship.
And the fact that Latino voters tend to vote Democrat is nothing new.
Pew Research found that 69 percent of the Latino vote in the 2018 midterms went to Democratic candidates, while 29 percent voted for Republicans.
This is close to the 2016 presidential vote, where 66 percent of Hispanics voted for Hillary Clinton against 28 percent for Donald Trump.
The Democrats have often argued that “demographics is destiny,” that an emerging electorate that is less white will be more solidly liberal.
I’m generally a skeptic of this idea — I would agree with TheWeek.com’s Damon Linker and his assertion in an excellent 2018 essay on the topic that the idea of a homogenous non-white voting bloc is a “creation of demographers and liberal data journalists eager to mollify their anxieties” — but it’s an idea that the Democrats are in love with.
Woods, of course, is pointing out the cynicism at the heart of Democratic policies on illegal immigration: If this belief in demographic destiny didn’t exist, the wall would have been built years ago.
We would have seen photo-ops of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer down at the border, wearing stylish hardhats and putting in ceremonial bricks. They would be violently opposed to giving benefits to illegal immigrants and demand that Immigration and Customs Enforcement be more vigorous in carrying out its duties.
Instead, we get Pelosi pointing out that we’re “a nation of immigrants” — implying that those caught trying to illegally cross into the country are exactly the same as those who came here through legal channels — while simultaneously decrying the idea that those immigrants may be placed in sanctuary cities: “Come to our country, just don’t come too close to my district.”
Trump’s proposal is unlikely to happen, of course, but it’s been a great vehicle to point out the hypocrisy of the left.
That’s something James Woods is all too good at pointing out, too.
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