Donald Trump and the US-Mexico Border

Over the past week, blogs and opinion pieces have censured Donald Trump, world-famous business magnate and recently announced presidential contender, for his remarks on Mexican immigrants. Writers and commentators have given us their take on what Trump said — filled with alarmist descriptions: “dangerous,” “loose cannon, “racist,” “bigot,” “insulting to Hispanics.”

What I found lacking in most coverage, though, was any actual quote from Trump himself. This shouldn’t surprise us, given the political correctness so rife within Corporate America, the entertainment industry, mainstream media, academia, the Washington establishment.

The political left typically starts the alarmist rhetoric in an attempt to control the narrative and shape public opinion. But it should be obvious to anyone listening carefully that the Republican establishment, with its predictable me-too mentality, seems eager to join the fray. Most Republican presidential contenders, in fact, are now tripping over themselves — and each other — to attack Trump and distance themselves from him.

Again — not surprising. Of these contenders, Senator Ted Cruz has conspicuously refused to get on the “Dump Trump” bandwagon. I have to admire Cruz for his refusal to cave in to the demands of political correctness. And I have to admire his blunt, no-nonsense stand against abuses of our immigration system.

I’ll satisfy your curiosity. I’m not endorsing Cruz. I’m not endorsing Trump. I’m not endorsing anyone.

To balance the discussion, instead of just hearing or reading others’ impressions of Trump’s speech, let’s hear a little of Trump in his own words. I found this while doing a Net search for “Trump on immigration.” This is somewhat condensed. I have heard the full text on radio more than once:

When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. … They’re sending people that have lots of problems … . They are bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

Trump is taking aim at illegal immigration — not Mexicans in general. Many border-crashers are, in fact, non-Mexican.

Incidentally, the term “illegal immigration” is an oxymoron. Immigration is a legal process, generally requiring a lot of time and paperwork. What’s been happening at our southern border is not immigration at all. It’s invasion. My foreign-born friends, some Hispanic, don’t like — or want — the border-crashers any more than Trump does.

Presidential Complicity

US President Barack Obama is complicit in the mess. He has stated that we need to “fix our broken immigration system.” The system isn’t broken. What we really need is to get control of our borders and enforce laws already on the books — especially urgent in this post-9/11 era. The INS/Border Patrol guys on the ground are trying to do their jobs; but they have suffered under repeated budget and manpower cuts, and the Department of Justice, to its shame, often releases border-crashers after INS has caught them.

Don’t get me wrong. I believe in immigration. But I also believe in law and order. This is 2015, not 1890. There are no more open frontiers. We can’t just take everyone who wants to come.

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