The lawsuit that 16 states filed to block President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a border wall doesn’t just assert that the declaration is unconstitutional, it also includes cherry-picked data that supposedly show that the number of illegal aliens crossing the border is decreasing, and that illegal aliens are more law-abiding than natives.
The first claim, if true, is irrelevant to the question of whether the number if illegal-alien borders jumpers constitute a real threat, and the second is patently false. Illegal aliens are not more law-abiding than real Americans.
The lawsuit, led by California and its open-borders leftist attorney general, Xavier Becerra, claims that Trump’s declaration will hurt the states because it will divert nearly $7 billion from existing defense and other projects to build the wall.
The states claim that the president is misappropriating congressionally allocated funds, which would harm the states, and that the border is not in crisis, and so he does have not the authority to declare a national emergency. The order is thus “unconstitutional and unlawful.”
But those legally debatable matters are of less concern than some of the data the lawsuit offers that might mislead a judge unfamiliar with the real data.
For instance, citing numbers from Customs and Border Patrol, the lawsuit claims that the number of illegals at the border is decreasing. The lawsuit also claims, citing numbers from the open-borders Cato Institute, that illegal aliens commit fewer crimes than real Americans. The lawsuit uses State Department data to claim that terrorists, contrary to the president’s claims, are not crossing the border.
Sheer Numbers and the Sick
Let’s start unpacking these myriad claims with CBP’s data. Even if border apprehensions are decreasing, agents still face a tsunami of illegals would not be a problem if a wall were there.
In December and January, border agents collared 98,962, and in the first four months of fiscal 2019 alone, border agents caught 201,497 illegals. Last year, the number was nearly 400,000. In other words, the numbers of illegals caught at the border is not decreasing, as the lawsuit argues. Already, the figure is more than half of what it was for all of last year. By fiscal year’s end in October, at this pace, border agents will have handled nearly 1 million illegals.
That figure does not include inadmissible aliens who present themselves at ports of entry.
And even if the sheer numbers weren’t a problem, the number of sick illegal aliens would be.
Health authorities in Houston, Texas recently confirmed seven cases of mumps among a batch of illegals, and as the Washington Times reported recently, border agents refer 50 illegals a day to medical facilities for everything from pregnancy and the flu to typhus, Chagas disease and tuberculosis. Transporting those illegals to and from hospitals requires hundreds of hours per week — time those agents don’t spend at the border.
In November, the Mexican government reported that a third of the illegals in Tijuana awaiting entry into the United States were sick.
Beyond handling diseased illegals, CPB and Immigration and Customs Enforcement regularly arrest gang members and sex offenders at the border. Just last week, federal agents took down a major illegal-alien drug smuggling ring and deported two child molesters who sneaked back into the country after being deported. The agencies deported 256,085 criminal aliens last year, including 1,641 illegals convicted for some form of homicide, 1,294 convicted of kidnapping, and 4,975 sex criminals, not including those with sex-assault convictions.
When an illegal lied to get a job on a poultry/egg farm his avian disease spread to threaten ALL birds in CA.
Literally birds would fall from the sky and the Health Dept would warn people not to touch them, to call for pickup.
Zoos and aquariums all had to quarantine their birds.
The total cost ended up being well over a billion dollars.
Then another illegal alien lied to get a job on a dairy farm.
He spread bovine TB to cows all over the state.
Total cost was (again) over a billion dollars.
Did CA pols learn from this, either?
Now it is our preppy unvaccinated children who are at risk.
CA’s pols are still inviting in illegal liars and sick people.
Maybe they believe that people ought to die to “save the planet.”
I keep seeing reports of mumps and measles cases around the country. Parents who refuse vaccinations are often blamed, but I wonder where these children, in a sea of vaccinated children, get the diseases? Could it be from the thousands of diseased people that have been allowed into the country and distributed throughout?
@Nan G: Not to mention the HUMAN deaths they cause. “If one life can be saved…” and all that.
So, in the end, Trump has found defense funds that are legally available to be used to secure the border. The Democrats are pushing a resolution to block Trump from building the wall. So, obviously opposition to the wall was NEVER about money, since the funds to be used are already appropriated and have no immediate purpose; they ARE funds for national defense and this is exactly what the wall is for. True statistics will overcome the phony garbage the liberals try to use to deny the threat to the nation posed by the policies of open borders and the wall will move forward.
Anti vaxx parents are being targeted, Most anti-vaxx parents have had at least one child vaccinated and saw adverse effects, as the US government has a “deal” with big pharma preventing suit for damages caused the parents then refuse to vaxx any more of their kids and not subject the brain damaged child to any more vaccines. There is a possible genetic link to being sensitive to the preservatives in the vaccine.
These parents are not preppy or ignorant, they witnessed the effects, were told the side effects of high fever ect were “normal” and would pass.
The cases of ‘autism’ since the 1980s vaccine laws were enacted has gone from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 40, 1 child in 40 with autism a higher percentage being male children. The number of “recommended” vaccines has multiplied.
Rarely any mumps cases are deadly.
90% of of measles death rate came before the vaccine was developed and mostly because of already compromised immune systems. Clean water, good food, good hygine.
I am not anti vaxx, I want big pharma to make safer more effective vaccines not just more vaccines. Yes parents are willing to pay increased prices for safer shots.
Now those that opt out are demonized https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/treat-anti-vaxxers-like…
If big pharma is a major advertising income stream do you think the MSM will report the truth?
Sure just like they are reporting the truth at the border.