NIMBY

Apparently the Trump Administration has been discussing sending sanctuary seeking oppressed persons of foreign citizenship who cross our borders irregularly to those cities in the United States which have declared they will defy Federal Law in order to provide succor to such unfortunates.

My question is, why didn’t the Sanctuary Cities demand this long ago?

Instead, they are complaining such action by the Feds would be “spreading pestilence,” and “Using human beings — including little children — as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants…”

Wouldn’t it be most humane to send “The wretched refuse,” (quoting Emma Lazarus, as Democrats have lately done) to the place they would receive the warmest welcome?

Joe Wilson Day

Before a September 9th, 2009 joint session of Congress, President Obama declared, “Now, there are also those who claim that our [Obamacare] reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false,” Obama said. “The reforms I am proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.”

In response, Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted “You lie!” at the president. Joe Wilson was right, so today is “Joe Wilson Day” at TOC:

Wall Street Journal, Mar 2016, Illegal Immigrants Get Public Health Care, Despite Federal Policy.

Since that article is paywalled, I’ll direct those of you without a WSJ subscription to Forbes’ account of it:
Because Of Obamacare, Illegal Immigrants Get Taxpayer-Financed Care

[N]o honest person can deny that because of Obamacare, more taxpayer resources at the state and local level are being spent on health care of illegal immigrants than would have been spent otherwise…

And they’re moving to formalize it:
California Moves Toward Extending Obamacare to Illegal Immigrants

Neither xenophilic nor oikophobic

From Reason Magazine:
The ‘Isolationist’ Smear Against Ted Cruz

I didn’t realize Jennifer Rubin, one of the WaPo‘s pet conservatives, had trashed Senator Ted Cruz as a throwback isolationist from the 1930’s. But then I seldom read the WaPo.

After the latest Republican presidential debate, the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin argued that Sen. Ted Cruz had undone himself “courting” the “Trumpkin base,” sinking “further into the far-right brew of isolationism and xenophobia.”

Characterizing Cruz as a far-right xenophobe, though, certainly destroys Senator Marco Rubio’s case that Cruz secretly, in his heart of hearts, favors a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. Then again, Rubin may have misremembered how much she did like the Rubio/Schumer Gang of 8 plan, “…the proposal is greatly encouraging on two fronts.”

Count me as un-encouraged then, as was Senator Cruz. And count me even less encouraged now. I’m neither xenophilic nor oikophobic. Senator Rubio’s defenders seem to have a touch of each.

This is unfortunate, since I would happily vote for Rubio in the general election, but I think he’s picked a fight that emphasizes his greatest weakness while attempting to damage the candidate most likely to prevent a Trump nomination. Trump is the primary beneficiary of Rubio’s attack.

Cruz? Rubio?

In recent days, Ted Cruz has attacked Marco Rubio on Rubio’s well known, and since abandoned, proposal favoring a path to citizenship/illegal immigrant amnesty.

Then, Marco Rubio attacked Ted Cruz on Cruz’ (and Rand Paul’s) resistance to NSA’s warrantless accumulation of email and phone records from American citizens, going so far as to link Cruz to Edward Snowden and the atrocity at Bataclan.

That settles the Cruz/Rubio question for me. Rubio is suspect on illegal immigration and squishy on the 4th Amendment. And, trying to tie Snowden and the Paris atrocities to Cruz is despicable.

The 34% solution

The border with Mexico is 1,900 miles long. About 650 miles of it are fenced against illegal immigrants. Our President calls the fence “basically complete.”

It follows, then, that our President defines “basically complete” as 34% complete. Or perhaps less. I’m sure 32% would qualify. Maybe even 25%.

In fact, it doesn’t matter to the President whether we have control of our southern border. The GAO says we only have effective control of 50% of it. At what point does sovereignty becomes suspect? According to the President, effective control would be somewhere in the low 30% range.

Perhaps our President meant “complete” in the sense of “over, done with, terminated, stick a tenedor in it.” Or maybe it’s just affirmative action for fencing material.

Texas invaded?

Los Zetas drug cartel seizes 2 U.S. ranches in Texas

Word broke late last night that Laredo police have requested help from the federal government regarding the incursion by the Los Zetas [Mexican drug cartels].

Good luck with that.  This is the sort of thing Eric Holder is suing Arizona about, he’s afraid of interference with his boss’s enforcement of U.S. law.  It is important to note that the federal government in question is not that of Mexico.  

The White House reacted by calling for a dictionary containing the word “sovereign,” and urging Texas authorities to avoid profiling the undocumented visitors.


Update: 5:25PM
Well, the headline question seems to be answered.  Doesn’t seem to be a happening thing.

AZ to DC

A letter I would like Governor Brewer to send to President Obama.

Mr. President,

Yesterday you elected to sue the State of Arizona, claiming that our enforcement of an Arizona law will impede Federal enforcement of a nearly identical Federal law.

We are disappointed. We hoped you would welcome the assistance, since the general government has clearly not been up to the task for quite some time. You, sir, have called our law unenforceable. I must presume you have taken your own advice on this matter, since you do not even attempt the enforcement which is your responsibility as head of the Executive Branch of the United States.  One wonders how our unenforceable law can conflict with a law not being enforced.

We are surprised. The suit contains no mention of civil rights violations despite many recent speeches wherein you have subtly impugned over 60% of Americans and over 70% of Arizonans as racists. But you do not charge that Arizona intends to discriminate against any entity – except the general government, and only then where it has proved incompetent. 

We find it ironic. This suit comes while your Justice Department is coming under siege for punting on a voter intimidation case because of the perpetrators’ race.

Sadly, we find it consistent. Your response to the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico has been characterized by picayune regulation and fawning to special interests. Among other items, I refer to the EPA and Coast Guard interference with skimmers and your personal refusal to offend your union friends by suspending the Jones Act.  Oh, and I already mentioned incompetent.

You cannot think my reference to race gratuitous, since it was your claim against Arizona, though you’ve wisely dropped it; political purpose accomplished. You may, however, object to any comparison with the oil spill. Let me tie it together for you: There is a hole in the seabed in the Gulf. There is a hole in our border with Mexico. Mr. President – Plug the Damn Holes!

With All Due Respect,

Jan Brewer
Governor of the Great State of Arizona

Too smart to say that?

Senator Jon Kyl mentions something President Obama said to him (~3:17) about why Obama won’t support secure borders:

The White House denies this, “Senator Kyl knows the president didn’t say that.” Right. It depends on what the meaning of “the” is.  The White House sub-text is: “Obama’s too smart to say that,”  but he has not justified that assumption.  

Many are buying it, nonetheless.  For example, Charles Krauthammer on Fox News tonight (I paraphrase), “The President is too clever and polished to have said that so bluntly.” A. B. Stoddard echoed the sentiment. “Obama’s too smart for that.”

Really? This is the same guy who told us our electricity rates “would necessarily skyrocket” if he were elected.  He’s the man who accused Pennsylvanians of “clinging to their guns and religion.” He told PBS WBEZ-FM in 2001 that SCOTUS was remiss becuase it never ventured into question of the redistribution of wealth (.43) :
 
He told Joe the Plumber the same thing 7 years later.  

He told us that his grandmother was a “typical white person.”

As President, Barack Obama called Cambridge, Massachusetts police stupid; on national television, from the White House and after admitting he did not have the facts.  President Obama has told us he’s looking for whose “ass to kick.”

I don’t think Obama gets a pass on Senator Kyl’s version of events because “he’s too smart to say that.” He may be smart, but he has proven he isn’t circumspect, and that he is a rabid ideologue. I’m quite sure he said something that any reasonable person would interpret exactly as has Senator Kyl.