We’ve got the Dreamers, unaccompanied minors, MS-13 friends of Nancy, and regular Joses and Julianas all bucking for a free ride in the United States while avoiding official channels. With the federal government on track for a million detainees by the end of 2019, President Trump is catching heat from Democrats and drive-by media paid mouthpieces for, among other things, scheduled deportation of illegal aliens roaming the streets of cities, small and large, in a bountiful nation far and wide.
But Mr. Trump is lagging considerably behind the previous Deporters-in-Chief in shipping the good folks from south of the border back to their homeland.
A thumbnail sketch – just the math – puts the Trump administration on the fast track to below average in alien expulsions:
- Clinton 869,646
- Bush 2,012,539
- Obama 3,080,195
- Trump 295,364
Trump and his henchmen will have to up their game if they want to catch the atrocity-ridden Obama administration in the areas of inhumane treatment and one-way tickets out of America.
The 1976 film Network featured a character named Howard Beale, a burned-out TV news anchor. Beale finally realizes he is merely a pawn of a few powerful entities that control the airwaves, designing news to fit a social and economic master plan.
News outlets have quietly transposed unto Trump the scandals created under Obama’s watch.
Beale’s angst still resonates. Middle Americans voted against the elite party machine in 2016. But incessant attacks and attempts to derail a duly elected president have spawned a massive reaction, prompting the once silent majority to figuratively throw open their windows and yell, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”
If one believes what the legacy media – The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, and their ilk – peddle, you may want to buckle up for a quick reality lesson: News outlets have quietly transposed unto Trump the scandals created under Obama’s watch.
Trump’s predecessor was no Boy Scout on illegal immigrants. In fact, the ACLU and other humanitarian organizations filed a lawsuit in 2014 when President Obama began to separate families routinely.
Calling the immigration policy a “stain” on Obama’s legacy, Judy Rabinovitz, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, stated, “Locking up families and depriving them of their liberty in order to scare others from seeking refuge in the US is inhumane and illegal. The government should not be using these mothers and their children as pawns.”
Hmm. Where have we heard that before?
In 2015, ACLU Arizona went after the Obama administration for the appalling conditions suffered by detained immigrants, claiming they were “deprived of beds, bedding, and sleep; denied adequate food, water, medicine and medical care, and basic sanitation and hygiene items such as soap, sufficient toilet paper, sanitary napkins, diapers, and showers.”
The list of abuses perpetrated by Obama’s administration is long and unyielding – yet Trump gets hair-on-fire blame for struggling to deal with a crisis initiated and fueled by previous administrations. Summing up the administration’s reaction to the immigrant crisis in 2015, Maureen Meyer of the Washington Office of Latin America said it best, “The Obama administration has found a way to hide the so-called crisis of Central American migrants at the border. But at what cost?”
Perhaps that cost is the demise of the Democratic Party.
Unicorns, Fairy Dust, and Polls
In spite of the constant assault against President Trump from the smoke-and-mirrors media, recent polls have the Commander-in-Chief enjoying a high approval rating from Americans most likely to vote in the 2020 election.
In other news, Dem front runner Joe Biden is starting to feel the blowback of his president’s failed immigration policies. To say the Hispanic community is unhappy with slick and “sleepy” Uncle Joe is a bit of an understatement. Joe Enriquez Henry, vice president of the Midwestern region of the League of United Latin American Citizens, in speaking at the organization’s annual meeting laid down the gauntlet:
“Biden needs to be accountable. Biden needs to make it clear, if he wants to be president, that he has compassion and understanding, and he needs to ask for forgiveness.”
Clearly, Hispanics have not forgotten the three million deportations under Obama. And Biden may have to push away from his “Barack Obama administration” fail-safe go-to in this case. Henry demands that Biden do his proper “penance.”
And Domingo Garcia, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, has nothing good to say about Biden leading the presidential wannabe pack. “The Obama and Biden administration were terrible in their first term … His title of deporter in chief was earned.”
Perhaps, if nothing else, the Democratic clown car of candidates will expose more of previous administrations’ disastrous policies – as long as Biden stays in the fray – keeping it real. It may be a treat to watch the drive-by media regurgitate the truth with pinched expressions. Or, as in the dark and sarcastic film Network, the loss of ratings for making up their own versions of reality will finally be their downfall. As the screen grows dark before the film’s credits roll, a voiceover eerily concludes “the story of Howard Beale, the first known instance of a man who was killed because he had lousy ratings.”