In many cities, local officials are getting ready to defy Trump if he carries through on a campaign pledge to deport millions of people in the U.S. illegally.Bring it on. This is a fight Trump should welcome. The mawkish crap about breaking up families--the report approvingly quotes (even leaving in the applause line!) NYC's communist mayor Bill de Blasio asserting Trump will do as much--are total lies. The deportees will be welcome to take their children home when they are reunited with the families they left to come to the US in the first place. The lying media's ability to tug at cuck strings is grossly exaggerated.
The breathless warnings about Trump's popularity collapsing if he pushes forced deportations are nonsense. The professional opinion makers are paper tigers. Crush them. There will be no popular backlash against a reclamation of national sovereignty, only more middle Americans jumping on the Trump Train.
Trump's expressed intention to immediately begin deporting 2-3 million of the worst illegals is a political (and civilizational) winner. Reuters-Ipsos conducted a poll last September asking respondents about their views on deporting illegal immigrants living in the US. The results among "likely general election voters" (n = 3,810):
An outright majority, even with almost 10% unsure, favor the deportation of most or all illegals. Trump didn't get an outright majority of the vote, of course. Trump's position on immigration is more popular than Trump himself is.
Given that 11 million is the lower-bound estimate for the size of the illegal immigrant population, deporting 2-3 million comes to around one-in-four, a figure that is reasonably categorized under the response "most should be able to stay in the US".
For those of us who want most or all illegals deported, well, something is better than nothing, and after decades of nothing we're glad to see something. Our jobs will be to ensure that Trump's actions signify an opening salvo in a battle that is just getting started rather than a one-and-done campaign promise kinda sorta being fulfilled.
That leaves 5% of the electorate to gnash their teeth in opposition to the deportations. They're welcome to follow the re-pats back home.
Even among NAMs, support for either deporting most or all illegals is at 30% (with 12% unsure), higher than Trump's vote share. Nearly half of NAMs say most illegals should be able to stay but some should go. Less than 1-in-10 NAMs say all illegals should be allowed to remain in the US.
|Absurd misuse of the word draconian|
"What's more important? Is it more important to use your police resources to try to stop violent crime? Or is it more important to use your resources to enforce draconian immigration rules that you don't even believe in?"Durham's non-Hispanic white population is 37% and dropping, so Schewel may be angling for a political alliance between the city's growing Hispanic population and it's remaining white contingent against the 41% that is black (the city council looks to be about half black, half white, and no brown). For my part, I'll be happy when he's replaced by someone with a last name ending in "Z" or "O".
The objective, neutral NPR reporter--Adrian Florido, who studied history with an emphasis on Latin America and who has a particular love of traditional string music from the Mexican state of Veracruz--throws this line in at the end:
Now that immigration reform seems less likely than ever, Newman says many local leaders are realizing it may be up to them to defend immigrants.Less likely than ever?! We're potentially looking at the biggest change in immigration enforcement since the Eisenhower administration. ... Oh, what's that you say? "Immigration reform" is just a code phrase for the coupling of amnesty and open borders? I see, never mind then, he seems to be correct.