Help us out here, Republicans. Many of us want to support you, we really do. We worked to hand you majorities in both houses of Congress and you rewarded your constituents by letting the president run his extremist agenda all over you. This was just capped off with finding a way to cave on President Obama’s goal to achieve a nuclear armed Iran. As painful as that has been to watch, what hurts the most is watching you squander an issue where you could easily gain political support simply by speaking common sense.
I am of course, talking about illegal aliens committing violent crimes here in the United States. The fact that illegals are responsible for a significant amount of criminal activity is hardly news. It might be easier to track if we actually kept a registry of crimes committed by illegals, of course. And yet, dangerous criminals are getting released into our neighborhoods, as The Boston Globe’s Maria Sacchetti reports:
For years, doctors warned federal immigration officials: Do not take your eyes off Santos Hernandez Carrera.
He had raped a woman at knifepoint and spent roughly half his life in jail, where immigration officials hoped to keep him until they could send him home to Cuba. As far as the public knew, the strategy worked: Until last month, the public sex offender registry said Hernandez Carrera, who has been diagnosed with a mental illness, had been deported.
He never was. Instead, the Globe discovered that Hernandez Carrera is in Florida, one of hundreds of immigrants convicted of sex crimes who should have been deported but instead were released in the United States because their homelands refused to take them back.
They are convicted rapists, child molesters, and kidnappers — among “the worst of the worst,” as one law enforcement agency put it. Yet the Globe found that immigration officials have released them without making sure they register with local authorities as sex offenders.
Allowing these criminals to roam freely is the policy of this administration. And unfortunately, no serious Republican contender for president in 2016 has come down hard and decisively on the right side of this issue and hammered it home. In theory this should be an easy sell to both the candidates and the American people. Most sane people don’t like the idea of dangerous criminals being allowed to roam where they live. Add in the fact that these criminals should not even be in our country in the first place. and this should be a no brainer. But this is the Republican party we’re talking about, so “no brainer” was the operative word – of course the party leadership supports amnesty. Of course, they do not support a fence to keep illegals out. This seems to be out of fear of alienating a voter base that supports some of the most extreme views of the Radical Left anyway.
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Even with the criminal element aside, with labor force participation rates at Great-Depression era lows, this issue makes a perfect inroad with working class workers, not to mention can be a way to show the black vote how the radical leftist policies of Democrats are hurting them. But studies and papers only go so far in promoting an issue. One thing that the left does so well is to exploit personal stories. Look no further than how effectively the Democrats used the not completely accurate stories involving Trayvon Martin, Sandra Fluke, and Michael Brown to stir up their base. If only there was a story that could be used to personalize how real this problem is. Actually, there is. We just saw the recent killing of Katie Steinle, as Dr. John recently wrote:
Kate Steinle did not have to die. She died because one of Obama’s Latino nephews killed her. She died because her illegal alien murderer knew he’d safe in the sanctuary city of San Francisco. Liberals killed Kate Steinle as sure as did Francisco Sanchez.
Tragically, Steinle’s death is not unique. Since 2010 121 murders have been attributed to illegal aliens with 14 deaths in 2015 alone.
The United States is infected with 347,000 convicted criminals released into the general population by the Obama regime. Chew on that for a moment.
Or how about an Iraq war vet who learns that her son was murdered by an illegal? John Hinderaker at Powerline observed: (emphasis his):
Anita Shaw was an Army sergeant serving in Iraq when she learned that her 17-year-old son Jamiel had been murdered by an illegal immigrant in Los Angeles:
Los Angeles High School football standout Jamiel was shot twice, once in the stomach and once in the head, near his Arlington Heights home in March, 2008.
He was targeted by Espinoza simply because he was carrying a red Spider-Man backpack and was mistaken for a rival gang member.
The killer, who was aged 19, had been released the day before he killed Jamiel having served four months of an eight month sentence for assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a police officer.
“I was screaming and crying, I wanted to help find the guy, but I felt completely helpless. And then when I found out he was an illegal alien, I felt everyone was trying to keep it quiet, I felt like because he was an illegal alien it was alright that he killed my son.
“It felt like an American citizen living in the United States is not worth anything, but my son was worth something.”
I felt like because he was an illegal alien it was alright that he killed my son. That is a very perceptive insight into America’s elites. Ms. Shaw comments on the murder of Kathryn Steinle by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco:
I still don’t understand why it happened, just like what happened in San Francisco, why wasn’t this guy deported after he was released from prison? “Sanctuary City”, that’s crazy.
Indeed it is crazy. The first priority of government is to keep its governed citizens safe. Ironically, the same people who demand that the state have a monopoly over lethal force in gun control are generally the same ones cheerleading government-backed efforts to allow these criminals to roam freely among us. As Debra Saunders at Real Clear Politics points out:
Where is the common sense in shielding repeat felons and border jumpers from the consequences of their crimes? There is no need to look outside the city: San Francisco screwed up. Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, the Board of Supervisors and the mayor were so busy crowing about their pro-immigrant credentials, and refusing to differentiate between legal and undocumented, that they forgot voters elect them to keep their city safe.
Pointing out a real threat undercuts the simplistic leftist argument of xenophobia toward Hispanics. There is nothing racist about protecting Hispanics from violent criminals as well. At the end of the day, if any leader wants to protect Americans from dangerous foreigners there are really only three ways to do it:
1) Execute them
2) Imprison them
3) Deport them and ensure that they can not return
The first option is not a viable option for obvious reasons, while the second will create an ongoing burden for US taxpayer. The third option has flexibility – building a fence, returning them to their governments with an understanding that there will be real consequences on the governments if these criminals return to the US, etc. And since no prominent Republican has taken a firm stance, it created an opportunity for Donald Trump to charge in braying and absorbing most of the media attention on this issue. I’m not going to go into the many issues with Trump – Jonah Goldberg gave a very thorough rundown of Trump’s appeal and ultimately why he’s a horrible presidential candidate. But this presents a great opportunity for Republicans to step forward and be the adults in the room. And if they truly want to go on the offensive, it could also be pointed out how the White House made a point to get heavily involved in the Michael Brown and Freddie Gray deaths, but are completely silent now on Steinle. Or on the many homicides that happen in Chicago on a regular basis.
Very simply, your #LifeMatters only as far as your demographic and the demographic of someone who might hurt you helps to advance a radical leftist agenda. Absent that, Ace brings the point home:
Apparently Jamiel’s father spoke at Trump’s immigration reform rally. Instapundit notes that this murder could be politically consequential — which is why the media has decided, for the moment, that Black Lives Do Not matter.
OBAMA WH REPS AT FUNERALS Criminal with 18 arrests: 3. Convenience store robber: 3. Woman killed by criminal alien in sanctuary city: 0.
— Razor (@hale_razor) July 11, 2015
Q for you professional journalists: does the Kathryn Steinle case deserve less, more, or the same coverage as the Trayvon Martin case? Why?
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 10, 2015
Cross posted from Brother Bobs Blog