Much to Dems' chagrin, border barriers work

Friday, May 3, 2019
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U.S.-Mexico border fence (new)A border enforcement advocacy organization has been at the U.S.-Mexico border this week to get an up-close look at the crisis there.

Last month authorities in El Paso, Texas, said the surge of migrant families had pushed them to the breaking point and there was no quick fix to the problem. So the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) decided to send representatives there for a first-hand look.

"It's probably worse than most people in the country realize," reports Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for FAIR. "If you talk to the people in law enforcement, both federal and local, they will tell you that we have reached a point now where our entire legal system is being used against us by people coming into the United States."


The "massive influx" of people from Central America along the border, he says, is flooding the zones to the point where authorities cannot handle it. "And essentially once they're in the United States, they're home free," he adds.

But according to Mehlman, they saw something else first-hand during their visit: border barricades work.

"Right around El Paso there is a secure fence, and you don't see people crossing the border illegally [there]," he explains. "[But] you go about 30 miles east and the wall ends – and guess what? That's where you see people [and] particularly drugs … coming across."

He adds authorities are telling them that "where the wall is in place it is enormously effective. Where it's not in place, it is just the wild west."

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said earlier this year if it was up to him, he would tear down the border barriers between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Provide sanctuary? Not me …

Democrats on Capitol Hill continue to scoff at the Trump administration when it points out there is a crisis at the southern border. Now a new report from the RAND Corporation finds that smugglers and cartels earned as much as $2.3 billion from Central American migrants in 2017. It also reveals that the smugglers coordinate some unlawful migrant border crossings in order to divert the Border Patrol from actually policing the border.

Rachel Bovard, senior director of policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute, says Democrats are demonstrating "rank hypocrisy" when it comes to their advocacy for "sanctuary policies."


"Democrats will constantly tell us that they are the humanitarian party; that they are the party that cares about the law and they trumpet the #MeToo movement and all of their work on human trafficking and all these things," she points out. "But we see exactly these problems going on at the southern border because [we're] not enforcing our border laws [and] because we incentivize people to come here by not fixing our laws. The Democrats don't say a word about it."

Bovard sees another blatant example of hypocrisy when it comes to sanctuary cities.

"When President Trump suggested that he would release people detained by ICE into sanctuary cities, giving sanctuary cities exactly what they want, you saw Democrats up in arms about it when they were forced to actually live with the outcome of the policies that they trumpet," she argues.

FAIR's Mehlman told OneNewsNow last week that Trump clearly exposed that Democrats are "really grandstanding" and "not all that sincere" about what they're pushing for when it comes to sanctuary policies.

Democrats' sanctuary hypocrisy shines through
(op-ed by Rachel Bovard)


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