It’s been long pointed out – not least by the president himself – that Democrats once had no problem admitting that illegal immigration is a problem that sometimes requires physical barriers to stop. So why is it different now that President Trump is willing to go to bat for a wall that will keep American safe? Well, everyone’s favorite Univision anchor and Trump hater Jorge Ramos took a stab at answering that question with an op-ed in The New York Times. In it, he admitted that there’s really nothing wrong with barriers, be they called fences or walls. The problem, he wrote, is only with TRUMP’S wall.
“Mr. Trump is not the first president to ask for money for a wall,” Ramos wrote. “George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush built fences and walls along the southern border. Barack Obama maintained the resulting system of roughly 700 miles of physical barriers. So why don’t we want Mr. Trump to build his wall? What is different?
“The difference is that Mr. Trump’s wall is a symbol of hate and racism, it would be completely useless, and it does not address any national emergency,” he continued (nonsensically).
So. 700 miles of existing wall (well, at least in the areas where it is something more substantial than a piece of swiss cheese) is effective at stopping illegal immigration in those areas. But 200+ more miles of much more potent barrier, be it steel, concrete, or whatever else, would be “completely useless?” That makes no sense at all, and Ramos knows it. His only argument lies in the first part, where he says that “Trump’s wall is a symbol of hate and racism.” That’s all he’s got.
It is, of course, outlandish.
“The wall has become a metaphor to Mr. Trump and his millions of supporters,” he wrote. “It represents a divide between ‘us’ and ‘them,’ a physical demarcation for those who refuse to accept that in just a few decades, a majority of the country will be people of color.”
Later in the column, he wrote: “The chant ‘Build that wall, build that wall’ became his hymn — and an insult not just to Latinos but also to all people who do not share his xenophobic ideals. The wall went from a campaign promise to a monument built on bigoted ideas. That is why most Americans cannot say yes to it. Every country has a right to protect its borders. But not to a wall that represents hate, discrimination and fear.”
In other words, we can only protect our borders in the way that we have been, which is to say very poorly and ineffectively. Because we don’t want to be seen as “xenophobic,” lawd no.
Speaking of insults to Latinos, though…
A former colleague of Ramos’s, Maria Elena Salinas, appeared on CNN with Don Lemon on Tuesday, and she admitted that Trump’s rhetoric on illegal immigration didn’t just appeal to skinheads and Nazis with tiki torches.
“It’s very sad to see that our own people, who are immigrants themselves, are attacking these immigrants that are trying to come in, knowing themselves how difficult the situation is in a lot of these Latin American countries,” she said. “And, you know, they’re buying it, and some people, just like some other Trump supporters, are saying, well, you know, so what if he tells lies, as long as we have lower unemployment among the Latino community.”
Take her perspective on it with a grain of salt – that it’s “sad” to see Hispanics embrace Trump – and take the facts for what they are. There’s absolutely nothing racist about wanting to protect our borders, and a growing number of Latinos in this country are breaking away from the left-wing nonsense that says there is.
Ramos and the Democrats can keep saying the wall is immoral and racist until they’re blue in the face, but they are never going to convince Americans – white, Hispanic, or other – that we owe illegal immigrants anything, much less a free pass into the greatest country on the planet.