During the announcement of the new Pentagon ‘Space Force’ directive, President Trump took a moment at the beginning of his remarks to address the media’s outrage at his administration’s enforcement of laws regarding the arrest and prosecution of illegal aliens and the disposition of any minor children that may accompany them.
After a brief recap of the recent economic numbers that show the lowest unemployment rates in recent memory – with historic lows in the minority sectors of Black, Hispanic, and women – Mr. Trump said, “If I might, I just wanted to make a brief statement on immigration and what’s happening. And I’ll say it very honestly and I’ll say it very straight: Immigration is the fault, and all of the problems that we’re having — because we cannot get them to sign legislation; we cannot get them even to the negotiating table. And I say it’s, very strongly, the Democrats’ fault. They’re obstructing. They’re really obstructionists. And they are obstructing.”
Democrats have, in fact, steadfastly refused to support any legislation that fully implements his four-part immigration and border security agenda of a physical barrier to entry to the United States (The Wall), and end to the practice of “chain migration,” ending the “visa lottery” program, and impletenting a narrow pathway to citizenship.
Using his strongest language to date, President Trump continued:
The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. It won’t be. If you look at what’s happening in Europe, if you look at what’s happening in other places, we can’t allow that to happen to the United States — not on my watch.
For the rest of the world, you look at everything that’s taking place — pick up your newspapers this morning and you see. We want safety and we want security for our country. If the Democrats would sit down instead of obstructing, we could have something done very quickly — good for the children, good for country, good for the world. It could take place quickly.
We could have an immigration bill. We could have — child separation — we’re stuck with these horrible laws. They’re horrible laws. What’s happening is so sad — is so sad. And it can be taken care of quickly, beautifully, and we’ll have safety.
This could really be something very special. It could be something maybe even for the world to watch — just like they’re watching our great economy, how it’s soaring. They could watch this.
We have the worst immigration laws in the entire world. Nobody has such sad, such bad, and actually, in many cases, such horrible and tough. You see about child separation; you see what’s going on there.
But just remember, a country without borders is not a country at all. We need borders. We need security. We need safety. We have to take care of our people. You take a look at the death and destruction that’s been caused by people coming into this country, without going through a process. We want a merit-based immigration system so that Boeing and Lockheed and all of the people — Grumman — all of the people that are here today, the heads of every company, so that you can hire people on a merit-based — you know they’re coming in — they’re people that came on merit, not based on a lottery, or not people that snuck across the border. And they could be murderers and thieves and so much else.
So we want a safe country, and it starts with the borders. And that’s the way it is.
The prevailing narrative promoted by the mainstream media, the Left, as well as their allies on the Establishment Right is that the practice of detaining those illegal alien adults, all of whom were arrested only after successfully crossing (in many cases) two or more nations before breaching the United States’ southern border with their children in tow – is somehow itself possibly illegal and certainly immoral.
Former First Lady Laura Bush, a Republican, posted a tweet on Sunday pointing to a editorial she wrote that sums up the sentiment of this powerful open-boarders alliance. “As a resident of a border state,” she tweeted, “I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.”
I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.https://t.co/he1uw1E96A
— Laura Bush (@laurawbush) June 18, 2018
Supporters of President Trump were quick to react to the former First Lady’s unprecedented attack on the policies of a president in the same Republican Party as her husband, former President George W. Bush, addressing withering criticism of her tweet and op-ed on Twitter and other social media.