In his column, talkRADIO presenter Michael Graham gives the US conservative viewpoint on current issues.
Donald Trump’s superpower is making his enemies act crazier than he does.
In Great Britain, consuming the steady diet of left-of-center media coverage, you may well believe “crazier than Trump” is a political state that’s impossible to achieve. But on the ground here in America, we see it every day. Perfect example: immigration.
There are many legitimate debates about what to do with illegal immigrants who’ve lived in the US for decades (We have almost 11 million of those folks, thanks to previous Republicans and Democratic presidents).
You’ve no doubt seen the images of “children in cages” from America’s southern borders and you probably thought that - in addition to being a humanitarian disaster - it’s a political setback for President Trump.
Instead, Trump’s superpower has kicked in and his opponents have turned immigration back into a winner for the president. How? By demanding America simply stop enforcing immigration laws.
The #AbolishICE movement began as a tweet in 2017 by writer and activist Sean McElwee. ICE is the “Immigration and Customs Enforcement” agency similar to your UK Visas and Immigration office. They’re not the ones who’ve been separating families at the border - that’s the Customs and Border Patrol.
Shutting down ICE is insane. If every person who comes to the US to visit Disney World is free to just stay, and there’s no agency to say, “Pardon me, but we have borders and I’m afraid it’s time for you to go home,” then you functionally have no borders.
But in response to the debate over Trump’s policy of arresting illegal immigrant families at the border, many Democrats have decided to embrace the crazy.
A movement of the fringe has now become the formal position of prominent Democrats like US Senators (and likely Democratic presidential candidates) Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand.
New York City Mayor Bill di Blasio is on board, too. Democratic activists have held “Abolish ICE” rallies across the US, with the support of members of Congress.
The hottest political star on the American Left right now is soon-to-be Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who beat a 20-year Democrat incumbent running on the #AbolishICE platform.
Formal legislation to abolish ICE would literally end interior immigration enforcement and “recommend a commission lay out the duties that need to continue that ICE does that are appropriate and proper,” according to Mark Pocan, the congressman who proposed it.
Try to imagine Britain simply announcing “Hey, if you’re here illegally - relax! We’re not deporting anyone but we’ve having a commission. We’ll get back to you when we’re done.”
Sounds crazy, right?
Most Americans agree. Poll after poll shows Americans don’t want to get out of the “deporting people who broke the law and snuck across our borders” business.
In fact, most Americans think people who are here illegally should be handled by the law-enforcement system (shock!) As The Hill reports:
“Prominent Democratic pollster Mark Penn… revealed that 84% of Americans favor turning undocumented immigrants over to federal agents.”
So 84% of Americans are on Trump’s side of the issue, and Democrats are rushing out to the extremes the other way. Oh, and in a brand new poll, what’s the new top issue for American voters as we approach the congressional election in November?
Donald Trump’s biggest enemies keep turning out to be his best friends.
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