It is a tragedy that eight people perished from heat exhaustion and lack of water in the back of a tractor-trailer truck in San Antonio. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick believes that it was a preventable tragedy.
Sanctuary cities entice people to believe they can come to America and Texas and live outside the law. Sanctuary cities also enable human smugglers and cartels. Today, these people paid a terrible price and demonstrate why we need a secure border and legal immigration reform so we can control who enters our country. We continue to pray for the families and friends of the victims.
I agree with him. Illegal immigration of this kind is strongly correlated with a few things. First, the belief that there’s a path to becoming legal in America; and second, the belief that getting to America is worth the risk because of “sanctuary cities.”
Statistics can easily lie, but in this case, they don’t. Southwest border crossing arrests are down by 76 percent, according to numbers released in April.
Overall apprehensions by the Border Patrol dropped to just 11,129 in April, according to numbers released Tuesday, marking the lowest monthly total for any month in decades.
The number of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children nabbed at the border dropped below 1,000 — a level not seen since before the surge that bedeviled President Obama during most of his second term.
Obama’s policies encouraged Guatemalans, El Salvadorans and Hondurans to make their way to the U.S. border. The message sent to those countries is that the U.S. will give a permiso to those who make it into the country. Of course, criminals run the human smuggling rings that ferry people through Mexico and over the border. Border “Mules” frequently force immigrants to carry drugs or other illegal goods into the U.S.
Enhanced enforcement in the southwest moved much of the immigration business to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, where the unfortunate truckload of illegal immigrants came over only for eight of them to die in a Walmart parking lot.
Trump’s continuance of Obama’s terrible DACA policy once again encouraged Central Americans to flock to our border, despite the election rhetoric. Once again, the numbers speak for themselves.
It shows that during the first three months of this year, USCIS has approved 107,524 DACA renewals and 17,275 new applications. Of the 90 days in the January to March period, 70 of them have been on Trump’s watch, or about 78 percent. Assuming a constant rate of processing, that would mean Donald Trump has given access to work permits, Social Security numbers, driver’s licenses, EITC, and more to 13,436 illegal aliens who had not already been amnestied by Obama. That’s an average of 192 new illegals a day granted amnesty by Donald Trump.
By itself, DACA isn’t enough to start a new immigrant flood. But combined with sanctuary cities, counties and states, like all of California; Aurora, Colorado; Travis and Dallas Counties, Texas, and liberal enclaves all over the nation, it creates a strong reason for immigrants to come in…and some die trying.
If San Francisco and other cities really wanted to give humanitarian, moral sanctuary to illegals, they’d charter busses and run their own border crossing operations. They’d take these activities out of the hands of criminals. They can’t claim “but that’s illegal,” because they’re already breaking the law by offering sanctuary.
Going half way only enables criminals and predators, while enticing victims to submit themselves. How can these sanctuary proponents believe that they’re acting in the best interests of those who come to America illegally?
It would be more humanitarian for Trump’s wall to be built–for America to have an impenetrable southern border. At least then people contemplating the journey would realize the peril and not downplay it.
Sanctuary cities and those who run them are complicit in enabling criminals whose primary motive is making money, without regard to the lives in which they traffic. By enabling those criminals, they are active participants in the deaths of those eight victims loaded like cattle in a trailer.
Dan Patrick got it right, and I hope Texas passes a law making those liberal politicians accountable for their immoral actions.
This post is cross-posted at The New Americana.