Dem Congressman Resigns from Hispanic Caucus Because It Isn’t Open Borders Enough

Filemon Vela

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.

  • CowboyUp

    The Berlin Wall was built to keep people in, not out. And the left/democrat party/msm never had any problem with the Berlin Wall, and never invoked it until it was torn down. Funny how that works.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “The Berlin Wall was built to keep people in, not out.”

      Precisely. You beat me to it.

      “And the left/democrat party/msm never had any problem with the Berlin Wall, and never invoked it until it was torn down.”

      Another good point. The left has always been blatantly opposed to our sovereignty.

      • Rocky Mountain

        Not true as I stated above. Kennedy and his advisors were angered by the establishment of the wall and did what they could. East Berlin and East Germany had lost around 3.5 million people to West Berlin/Germany prior to the implementation of the wall. I’m certainly no communist or leftist but I can see from a purely pragmatic standpoint why the communists needed to do something to stop a brain and manpower drain.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “I’m certainly no communist or leftist but I can see from a purely pragmatic standpoint why the communists needed to do something to stop a brain and manpower drain.”

          That’s collectivism for you. Sure, for the “greater good” you can coerce people to do just about anything.

          Not only that, it came from an imperial government. It wasn’t even the local communists. So it wasn’t a matter of letting some nation work out how they want to balance citizen rights with the (theoretical) public good. This was Moscow imposing its totalitarian will on a captive colony. They claimed the right as “victims” (winners) of the war, but in reality they were fighting their one time “ally” with this wall.

          So basically there are many reasons to object to it, but salient to this conversation is that anyone who uses the Berlin Wall as analogous to any other legitimate border security is probably an unhinged lying lunatic or one of the many dupes that repeat things without any thoughts of their own.

          Or maybe we have thousands of “Berlin Walls” all over the world and walls are just bad. Please. It’s a pitch for global government and you can bet your arse they’ll have bigger and far more militarized walls under their control.

          Finally, I would say that if you want to find borders comparable to the Berlin Wall, we all know where you CAN find them. There are many captive citizens today. You don’t find them in the West.

          And last, I’d like to say that this congressman should resign from the government he doesn’t even believe in. Obviously he’s trying to help other nations, or help internationalists destroy our national sovereignty. He’s a traitor.

    • Rocky Mountain

      I support the idea of keeping them out but I have serious doubts about the wall. If we just want to stop illegal immigration I would rather save all the billions for the wall, 19,000 agents (whoa! Who will they be reporting to again?) drones, other high tech detection gadgets, and just give Mexico about a third of the money to keep their folks at home and maybe do something productive for their own country after all they are universally described as “hard working”.
      Kennedy – who was a foreign policy “hawk” – spoke out pretty forcefully against the wall. Theodore Sorenson’s political biography of Kennedy recounts how he dispatched 1500 troops to ride in armored trucks through East Berlin through communist checkpoints shortly after the barrier went up as a morale builder. VP Johnson was dispatched (he apparently was very reluctant to go) to West Berlin to address the people to try and “rally their hope and their will. “Ich bin ein Berliner” Kennedy was to say at a speech on a platform outside the Berlin city hallo.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “I support the idea of keeping them out but I have serious doubts about the wall. If we just want to stop illegal immigration I would rather save all the billions for the wall, 19,000 agents (whoa! Who will they be reporting to again?) drones, other high tech detection gadgets, and just give Mexico about a third of the money to keep their folks at home and maybe do something productive for their own country after all they are universally described as “hard working”.”

        Appeasement encourages bad behavior. Enforcing laws creates incentives to obey them. We ought to enforce the laws after they arrive too. Then you probably won’t even need to hire more border agents because the gravy inside will be harder to steal. The flow of criminals will be reduced.

        It’s really that simple. Executing it gets complicated only because of the insane ideas that have corrupted our society.

      • CowboyUp

        We already give Mexico money, starting a border crasher protection racket will only make the problem worse over the long haul. What do you do after three years when that money runs out and they start letting them across again (if they ever stop) and there’s still nothing at the border to slow them down? We can secure the border, and we can make illegals self-deport.
        Okay, Kennedy, in the early 60s, when they first built it. Who since? What democrat decried it from the late 60s to the late 80s? It was an embarrassment to the left, that their “wave of the future” was a giant prison. And when Reagan made his “tear down this wall,” speech, the left/dp/msm didn’t agree, they pitched a fit at Reagan.

  • 1Indioviejo1

    Rep. Vela represents a constituency of people invested in an open border policy, so the argument is effective for him. Of course it is not in our nation’s interest but he could care less. Now the big question is how do we marginalize an Representative who’s interest and those of his constituents are against our national interest. That is the question.

    • Drakken

      The short answer is by a expedient means that sends the message that traitors will not be tolerated.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        And we have to start educating our children to recognize the traitors again. Guys like this should never be winning elections in the USA.

        • Rocky Mountain

          I happened to pick up a used book a while back that recounted a man’s trip through Mexico and beyond sometime between 1900-1915. Even then he noted that Laredo didn’t resemble the US as he knew it at all and he was disgusted. Sorry I can’t recall his name and I can’t find it among the 3,000 books that I own.

  • FedUpWithWelfareStates

    Hear Mexico has an opening soon in their political system for this Clown…oh wait, he is already being paid as an advocate for them…

  • objectivefactsmatter

    OK, I’m sick of these false Berlin Wall analogies. The Berlin Wall was used primarily to keep it’s captive citizens from fleeing. That is why it was objectionable. And it was operated by our enemies.

    OK more-ons? Just stop it already.

    Every time you hear some more-on using false comparisons to the Berlin Wall, you should seriously consider whether the message is coming from another enemy of our sovereignty.

    • Rocky Mountain

      Actually there was relatively free passage between East and West Berlin prior to the establishment of the wall in order for commerce to be carried on and maintained. But East Berlin/Germany had lost about 3.5 million people to permanent immigration to the West. Obviously the immigrants didn’t like what was happening but purely pragmatically I can see where the communists needed to do something to keep their manpower resources from being completely drained away. Apparently it didn’t occur to them to change their policies.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “Obviously the immigrants didn’t like what was happening but purely pragmatically I can see where the communists needed to do something to keep their manpower resources from being completely drained away.”

        And obviously we don’t like Machiavellian collectivists.

  • whatcrap

    Send him swimming back across the border with his constituents in tow!

  • motherofbeaver

    So what does he want? To turn the U.S. into Mexico, the country that they are running away from?