There have been no shortage of participants of the Democratic Convention who have dismissed the concerns articulated by Donald Trump in his acceptance speech and elsewhere, as painting a fearful and dark image about America today.
When Donald Trump provided the transcript of his acceptance speech to the media, it was heavily footnoted to verify the claims he made, as the Washington Times reported, “Donald Trump promises ‘the truth, and nothing else,’ releases speech transcript with 282 footnotes.”
The concerns voiced by Mr. Trump were based on reality, a reality that Mr. Obama and Hillary Clinton, among others, would rather the American people not know.
On a personal note, fifteen years ago I was diagnosed as having aggressive form of prostate cancer. That diagnosis was dark and frankly, disconcerting. However, because of that diagnosis, I immediately sought an effective treatment. I was fortunate because my cancer was successfully treated.
Had I not immediately sought effective treatment I would not be here today.
Donald Trump has accurately diagnosed America's serious and indeed, potentially fatal ailments beginning with the Damoclean Sword of terrorism that hovering over our heads. Our safety and wellbeing is also threatened by crime, record levels of drug addiction, poverty, unemployment, a faltering economy, suppressed wages and a shrinking middle class that are not fantasies but are the realities America and Americans face each day.
These concerns certainly paint a dark image, but it is an entirely accurate image and after more than seven years, the current administration bears the responsibility for the situation we are in.
However just as my cancer was treatable, America's ills are treatable, if and only if our next president and other elected politicians are willing to acknowledge the threats and challenges and then swiftly devise and implement effective strategies to effectively mitigate them.
Donald Trump has properly identified the nexus between failures of the immigration system and the problems we face. This is not to say that immigrants are the problem but that failures of the immigration system have resulted in the entry of aliens criminals, terrorists and huge numbers of foreign workers who displace American workers.
Furthermore there is a world of difference between immigrants and illegal aliens.
Contrary to the claims of Trump's critics that he has offered no solutions, he advocated securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws that make no distinction about race, religion or ethnicity. They were enacted to protect national security and the lives and livelihoods of Americans.
Trump has called for ending the admission of Syrian refugees and, in fact, any alien who cannot be vetted. This is sensible given the threats posed by ISIS and other terror organizations. This is consistent with our laws and precedents. Indeed, after our embassy was seized in Tehran, President Carter barred the entry of Iranians.
These are practical solutions and do not involve bigotry but commonsense.
The Obama administration implemented the DACA (Deferred Action- Childhood Arrival) program that has provided hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens with lawful status and employment authorization. Mr. Obama claimed to have done this because “Congress had failed to act.”
In reality, Congress did act. It voted against the DREAM Act. Hence, acted against what Obama wanted. The DREAM Act would have created a dangerous program that would simply encourage still more illegal immigration, flood the labor pool with still more foreign workers under the auspices of the “DREAM Act” and, while Obama and advocates for the DREAM Act claimed that this was about children, the age cutoff for aliens who would participate in this ill-conceived program was 31. (They simply had to claim that they entered the United States as teenagers.)
The Labor Department has falsely claimed that our unemployment rate stands at approximately 5% while utterly ignoring the tens of millions of working age Americans who have left the workforce.
Mr. Obama has complained about violence in the inner cities and connects the violence to high poverty rates while ignoring that as his second term as president draws to a close, our borders have never been more porous and that he has provided lawful immigration status to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens enabling them to compete with desperate American workers. He ignores the great increase of the number of Americans now on food stamps or that the middle class is shrinking.
Obama's failures to secure our borders have facilitated the smuggling of record quantities of heroin into the United States. There is a clear nexus between violent crime, gangs and drug addiction and drug trafficking.
Obama has released record numbers of what he deemed “non-violent” federal drug offenders from prison and more than 100,000 criminal aliens from custody. Generally federally prosecuted drug offenses involve large quantities of drugs and almost invariably when individuals engage in large-scale drug crimes they are armed- often heavily armed.
The drug trade is a violent trade where extreme violence is routinely used to make certain that none of those who work for the drug gangs steal drugs or money or cooperate with law enforcement. Extreme violence is also a tactic of the drug gangs to control turf.
It must also be noted that many of the key players in drug gangs are aliens who were sent to the United States by the leaders of Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO's) who employ them to maintain iron-fisted control over their operations in the United States. Leaders of DTO's have generally known the people they send to the United States for many years and also know where their family members live back in their home countries. If an employee of a DTO betrays his/her employer, their family members will pay the price with their lives.
Although Obama and his supporters frequently claim that his administration has deported more illegal aliens than any previous administration, their statistics are bogus. They claim that aliens who are denied entry at ports of entry or aliens simply turned around at the border by the Border Patrol were deported (removed). This is the equivalent of claiming that a police officer who writes a parking ticket has made an arrest.
On July 24, 2016 Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, participated in a joint interview by Scott Pelley, correspondent for CBS News' program, 60 Minutes. That interview has been posted under the title, “The Democratic Ticket: Clinton and Kaine.”
During that interview, when asked about her goals Clinton said, in part,
“I want an economy that creates more jobs. And that's a lot of jobs. I want an economy that gets back to raising incomes for everybody. Most Americans haven't had a raise. I want an economy that's going to help lift millions of people out of poverty. Because, given the great recession, we have fallen back in the wrong direction.”
During his acceptance speech as Vice-Presidential candidate at the DNC Tim Kaine often spoke in Spanish and repeatedly invoked the three word phrase, “Si se puede” which means “Yes, we can.” This phrase is associated with the activist movement to provide unknown millions of illegal aliens with a pathway to citizenship and is the precise opposite of Trump's position.
Both Clinton and Kaine have promised to legalize a population of tens of millions of illegal aliens, giving them an equal standing in the already overflowing labor pool of unemployed Americans. On July 25, 2016 The Washington Times reported, “Tim Kaine promises bill to legalize illegal immigrants in ‘first 100 days’.”
Inasmuch as labor is a commodity, flooding the labor pool with millions of authorized workers will drive down wages and displace still more American and lawful immigrant workers.
It is absolutely impossible to provide lawful status to millions of illegal aliens and then magically put unemployed Americans to work and increase the wages of the workers. Additionally, each month the United States admits a greater number of authorized foreign workers than the number of new jobs that is created.
It has been said that you don't bring sand to the beach.
When you find a hole in the bottom of the boat, it would be insane to believe that drilling more holes in the bottom of that boat would enable the water to escape. The rational and obvious approach would be to seal that hole.
America does not have a shortage of workers, it has a shortage of jobs. Flooding America with still more foreign workers is the equivalent of drilling more holes in the bottom of that boat.
Additionally, there would be no way to conduct interviews interviews or field investigations of these millions of illegal aliens whose true identities or dates of entry could not be determined and who entered the United States surreptitiously, evading the inspections process that is supposed to prevent the entry of aliens whose presence would undermine national security, public safety, public health and the lives and livelihoods of Americans.
This violates commonsense and the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and would do irreparably undermine national security and public safety as would Hillary Clinton's stated plans to greatly increase the number of Syrian Refugees who are admitted into the United States when the Director of the FBI and other high-ranking Obama administration officials have unequivocally testified before Congress that these refugees cannot be vetted.
Although never discussed, it is vital to note that if millions of illegal aliens were granted lawful status they would immediately be legally eligible to bring all of their spouses and minor children to the United States. This would flood our nation's schools with millions of additional children, most of whom cannot read, write or speak English. Several years ago the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report that noted that it costs 20% to 40% more to teach a child who lacks English language proficiency. Imagine the impact this would have on American children- especially those who attend schools that are already struggling to provide their students with a good education.
As the title of one of my recent articles noted, “‘It’s the Immigration Problem, Stupid’ - Secure borders are synonymous with safety and that's what Americans want in 2016.”