It’s easy to read this and crack a joke, but remember that extremism becomes mainstreamed once the moderates who were yesterday’s extremists get their way.
Texas Rep. Filemon Vela, who represents a South Texas border district, resigned from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in protest of the group’s embrace of a Senate immigration bill that contains millions of dollars for drones, fences and border agents, officials said Tuesday.
The first-term Brownville Democrat announced his decision to resign in a short email over the weekend following overwhelming Senate approval of the enforcement-heavy legislation.
It followed an impassioned floor speech last week in which Vela invoked the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and its symbolism of unity and economic growth.
“Erecting more border fence drives a wedge between border communities which are culturally united,” Vela said.
Remember both these talking points. The Berlin Wall divided a single city. Cultural unity is an argument for open borders. It’s an argument that this is really Mexican territory. It’s Reconquista.
That’s the next stage of this debate. Not whether we should legalize millions of illegal aliens from south of the border, but whether we even have the right to divide “culturally united” communities with a southern border.