Self-proclaimed “sanctuary city” Martha’s Vineyard, one of the richest and whitest communities in the country, has turned out to be not much of a sanctuary for the illegal aliens they claim to care so much about. Recently, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sent 50 Venezuelan illegal aliens to the tony enclave, reasoning that if its citizens are serious about their compassion for migrants and their love of diversity, they’d jump at the chance to prove it by actually spending some money on them.
Instead, the town-fathers and citizens whined about the strain on their resources and the disorder caused by unvetted illegal aliens swarming their town. Then there’s the hysteria over relocating illegal border-crossers, something Biden’s Feds have been doing for months––an estimated 10,000 just to New York.
Martha’s Vineyard’s complaints are also particularly shameless, claiming a “housing crisis” in a community with thousands of empty rooms. Meanwhile, documentary film maker Ken Burns by implication called De Santis Hitler, and Hillary Clinton directly called him a “human trafficker.” Barack Obama, who frequently lectures “bitter clingers” about their xenophobia towards “people who are not like them,” owns a huge, 29-acre estate in Martha’s Vineyard that could easily accommodate all 50 Venezuelans.
Instead, the mayor called in the National Guard to ship all those “diverse” victims of callous Republicans to a military base on Cape Cod, an act of NIMBY Pharasism. Then the rich denizens of Martha’s Vineyard started a GoFundMe fundraiser to panhandle ordinary Americans for money to handle this “humanitarian crisis” that’s already been resolved simply by kicking the migrants out of town. The proceeds, however, will not go to the expelled migrants, but to “building up a reserve to assist situations like this in the future.”
But like most of the virtue-signaling Left, this playground of the economic elite has exposed itself as full of posers unwilling to actually do anything about their vaunted “principles”––a long tradition among Western leftists. The result is a morally preening political rhetoric that worsens problems like uncontrolled illegal immigration by proscribing obvious common-sense solutions such as upgrading border security, including building a wall; keeping those claiming asylum in Mexico; and Title 42, which allowed for increased expulsions.
These are just a few of Donald Trump’s policies that substantially reduced illegal border-crossings that under the Biden administration have swelled to 4.9 million, according to FAIR. Currently the rate of illegal entries in El Paso has been 1300 a day, while Yuma, Arizona this year has seen its population of about 100,000 more than double to 250,000. Texas border-town Del Rio has had 15,000 enter in just one day. Those numbers are a real “humanitarian crisis.”
There are many reasons for the bipartisan de facto open-borders policy. The Democrats’ decades-long dream of creating a “permanent majority” coalition of college-educated whites and minorities requires letting in more and more migrants, legal or not, to increase the number of dependents on government largesse. Meanwhile corporate plutocrats want lax immigration protocols in order to stock the pool of cheap labor.
This dangerous policy comes cheap for both cohorts, since the impact of millions of illegal aliens will not be felt by the cognitive and economic elites who promote unfettered immigration. Their posh communities don’t have to deal with the drug and sex trafficking, overdoses, crime, and daily disorder. That fact is what makes the relocation programs of border-state governors like DeSantis, Arizona’s Doug Ducey, and Texas’s Greg Abbot so politically brilliant–-now “sanctuary” mayors and governors and their citizens can experience first-hand the costs of their lofty principles they’ve been flaunting on the cheap. Then maybe they’ll start rethinking their disastrous immigration policies.
But the hypocrisy of the Left and progressives is nothing new. It goes back to the beginning of Marxism. Karl Marx came from the upper-middle class, and his financier and collaborator Friedrich Engels was the scion of a wealthy Prussian textiles industrialist. Over the years the promoters and leadership of leftist movements have been mainly middle-class and affluent, like today’s cognitive elite “woke,” “parlor pinks” and “limousine liberals” who espouse the principles that they can afford and that fit their upscale life-styles, making them superior to Middle America’s hoi polloi.
The biggest insult, though, of this hypocrisy is the fundamental ignorance that underlies it. I learned this from the experience of growing up in an environment exactly the opposite of Martha’s Vineyard. About 80% of the people living around our ranch were so-called “people of color,” mostly ethnic Mexicans, the vast majority legal. Most were working class or poor, including the white Dust Bowl migrants––the vast majority of whom showed no signs of enjoying “white privilege.”
It wasn’t until I got to UCLA and started interacting with mostly white, mostly affluent professors and students that I started questioning my callow leftism. Some of them talked a lot about racism and bigotry, or waxed lyrical about the poor. Of course, I never met one who had actually lived among minorities, especially the poor or working class of any ethnicity. All they had were leftist clichés and Dickensian melodramas. And all they knew about Mexicans was that they were noble farmworkers abused by corporate agriculture, forced to slave away on land stolen from their ancestors by greedy gringos. As for illegal aliens, they parroted activist lies like “We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us.”
So too today, the champions of open borders and sanctuary cities are massively ignorant about the conditions in communities swamped by unvetted migrants, let alone the complex diversity of every ethnicity. They talk, like D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, about a “growing humanitarian crisis” as if it were something new rather than a problem that border-states have been dealing with for decades.
Or they just slander as “xenophobic” and “racist” the mostly working-class people, including Mexican-Americans, blacks, and Asians as well as whites, who have to live with the crime and disorder. And because of that ignorance, they support policies that make things worse for everybody else except the cognitive elites of all ethnicities who congregate in tony enclaves where the only Latinos they know, apart from fellow credentialed elites, make their beds and mow their lawns.
Finally, the issue is not immigration per se, as the open-borders people claim with their Emma Lazarus clichés like “we’re all immigrants.” This tactic serves to deflect from the real problem: our broken immigration system that needs reforming. Most of us know that given our declining birth-rates, we need immigrants. What we don’t need is the indiscriminate influxes that include criminals, drug-traffickers, deadbeats, and terrorists.
This means first securing the border, as Donald Trump had made a good start at doing. Asylum claimants must be kept in Mexico while their claims are adjudicated. Instead of hiring legions of IRS auditors, that money should go to hiring more border-patrol agents. “Family unification” policies should stop. And most important, the vetting process must not just sift out the unwanted, but identify those who can contribute to the well-being and success of this country.
One silver lining of this mess is the growing number of Latinos who are breaking away from the Democrat plantation. This shift reflects the assimilation that is happening despite the illiberal identity politics that permeates our culture, especially in schools and universities. I know this because I’ve watched it happen over my 44 years of teaching in a Latino-majority university. Whether it’s rate of intermarriage, tastes in fashion, and now political preferences, students of Latino heritage are not as culturally distinct as they were when I was growing up.
The 2013 bipartisan “Gang of Eight” Republican champions of a “path to citizenship,” then, were not entirely wrong about the conservative inclinations of Latinos. The problem was they never came up with specifics about how to sort them out from criminals and deadbeats. Lax standards for illegals who were on the path to citizenship, such a allowing offenses like DUIs or other misdemeanors, didn’t bespeak a serious effort to thoroughly vet preconditions for citizenship.
We need to get serious about immigration, which means specific reforms and ending blue-state nullification policies like sanctuary cities, as well as not letting corporate interests override national interests and security. For now, border-state governors like Ron De Santis and Greg Abbot have done the country a great service by exposing the hypocrisy of open-borders Democrats, as well as giving their constituents some first-hand experience of the dangers and disorder of an unfettered immigration they haven’t had to experience first-hand.
Say no to teabaggers says
Barack wouldn’t send them away it was maga Trump supporters. If beautiful Barack knew that the migrants were homeless he’d open his home to them.
Edith Elken says
Then why didn’t he?
David Ray says
Because jug-eared Barry doesn’t bother himself with the unwashed. He just bothers himself with getting them registered to vote.
His personal time and acreage are reserved for rich ass-kissers.
THX 1138 says
“Then why didn’t he?”
Because altruism and sacrifice have their internal logic. The logic of master and servant. Barry and the Elite of Martha’s Vineyard intend to be the masters.
“It stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there’s someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master.” – Ayn Rand
maybe mommy will let the illegals stay in the basement with you and you can have cocoa and pillow fights!
junkyard infidel says
“beautiful” brokeback barry? hahaha does the flaming teabag-ee still have a crush on the bath house boi? or is brokeback barry the one who scorned you and made you so defiant toward your teabagger boi friends?
Brian Bailey says
So he was the only person in the entire country who didn’t hear about this. LMAO.
You are truly an idiot. It was the ultra lib Mass. governor who called the National guard and had the little brown people deported off the Island.
Beautiful Barack? Really? Are you hot for that loser?
Don Davenport says
How’s come Hussien and Michelle didn’t voluntarily step in? Surly they could have easily housed all 50 “migrants” on their lavish sea-side estate.
How about you and your virtue signaling friends…? How many migrants are you all taking in? Leading by example is the best example.
David Ray says
Is it a surprise that the rich leftists set up a “go fund me” page to offset any expense that they might have to pay to remove minorities from THEIR neighborhood.
I’d thought they’d have set up the “go fund me” to assuage their guilty conscience & give the raised funds to the illegals (on camera, of course).
But that’s not always why leftist set up charities. Leftist’s primary goal is to benefit themselves. without having to work for it.
To wit, the Clinton Holyland Foundation that was set up to make it easier to take bribes & have a slush fund to pay Hillary’s lackeys who also don’t work.
In other cases, “go fund me” is set up to compensate criminal pricks like McCabe who first got caught lying under oath, then got tax-payer compensation for, well, not sure why (McCabe also got legal bill reimbursement; something the “go fund me” was supposed to cover.)
If a conservative is maligned or falsely accused by a leftist DA or AG, “go fund me” will take the page down.
sTEVEN bRIZEL says
Radicals want those who dissent from their views to pay for their pipe dreams
Algorithmic Analyst says
Very fine coverage and analysis.
Ted Weiland says
BAND AID ON A SELF INFLICTED WOUND!
Sending migrants to Democrat cities (regardless how good it feels to do so) only sends such migrants deeper into America and thereby that much more difficult to get rid of.
Instead, they need to be sent back to their countries of origin, if possible, at their own expense or their nations.
Better yet, we need to eliminate all of America’s current unlawful (that is, biblically unlawful, both illegal and legal) border policies, replacing them the Bible’s border laws, beginning with the First Commandment and its statutes and civil judgment.
Today’s open-border agenda isn’t anywhere near America’s biggest border threat:
“For I, saith Yahweh, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.” (Zechariah 2:5)
Without Yahweh, God of the Bible, as America’s principle wall of protection, the border will never be completely secure.
Compounding America’s border problems is that America has become so ungodly that, not only is God not her wall of protection, but He’s become her greatest enemy. America officially rejected Yahweh as her Sovereign and thus His immutable moral law as supreme in 1789 when she replaced Him with We the People as her Sovereign and His moral law (including the First Commandment as America’s principle border and immigration law) for the biblically seditious Constitution as supreme, per Article 6.
It was then that America began her suicidal trek to the precipice of moral depravity and destruction she presently find herself teetering on, being pushed over the edge by alleged Christians and patriots who are bent on promoting the genesis of her national woes as the solution to the problems created thereby.
“[B]ecause they have … trespassed against my law … they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind….” (Hosea 8:1, 7)
Today’s America is reaping the inevitable ever-intensifying whirlwind (including her border and immigration woes) resulting from the wind sown by the constitutional framers and fanned by today’s hoodwinked Christians and patriots who have been bamboozled into believing today’s whirlwind can be dissipated by appealing to the wind responsible for spawning the whirlwind.
For more, see Chapter 3 “The Preamble: We the People vs. Yahweh” of free online book “Bible Law vs, the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at Bible versus Constitution dot org. Click on the top entry on our Online Book page and scroll down to Chapter 3.
Then, find out how much you really know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar and receive a complimentary copy of a book that examines the Constitution by the Bible.
Justin Swingle says
yes, they all want joe’s expanded serf class so they don’t have to pay living wages to the help. but they don’t want those poor people living in their enclaves like poor people paid shit wages.
Martha’s Vineyard Liberals Scream ‘Not in my Backyard!’
By Brian C. Joondeph
Who knew that residents of woke and progressive Martha’s Vineyard were racist, white supremacist, xenophobes?
Former President Barack Obama owns a $12 million estate on this racist island off the coast of Massachusetts. Are the Obamas racists?
Other liberal celebrities either live or frequent Martha’s Vineyard, including Oprah Winfrey, Larry David, Bill Murray, John Kerry, and the Clintons. Perhaps they are all racists, too, as the island has become anti-immigration.
James Anderson Merritt says
I would like to see Professor Thornton explain how open national borders would be any worse than open State borders, of the kind that the US has had my entire life and, indeed, for the entire life of the nation. Is the prospect of Central American scum crossing the border into California, for example, any more unthinkable or terrifying than the prospect of midwestern, Floridian, Texan, or New England scum crossing the State line by way of Nevada, Arizona or Oregon?
It seems to me that all the bad things, which we fear will happen if foreigners freely cross our national border, already can and do happen as “legal Americans” freely cross the various State lines. But we know that shutting down the borders between the States would at least cause a LOT of economic trouble: We also greatly benefit from the free flow of goods and people between the States, arguably much more than free flow of scum and villains harms us — though that flow, and that harm, most definitely occur!
Controlling the flow of immigration, especially in the name of helping to prosecute the War on Drugs, has led this nation to embrace more and worse authoritarian measures with each new decade. As a native-born US citizen, I deeply resent, for instance, having to “prove” a “right to work” in this country, just so the authorities can allegedly have an easier time, preventing some “illegal” from South of the Border from getting a job to support himself and dependents, and stay off welfare. I know that American citizens living near the border in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California similarly resent immigration checkpoints well-inland, and random stops of buses, to allow the Border Patrol to check passenger documents and perhaps discover and detain more “illegals.” Such policies make a mockery of our beloved phrase, “the land of the free,” and I’m honestly tired of it. If I should avoid and oppose progressive authoritarians and their policies, why should I prefer and support conservative, nativist authoritarians? A coherent, sensible explanation would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Loretta Cordova says
How sad to read comments that use name-calling rather than considered argument. Where is a political party that can actually reform the chaotic system-less border. Instead of the feared ICE police, we should have a well-funded huge border patrol to handle things in a reasonable, humanitarian, and efficient way to handle our fellow human beings -most of them as honest as thee and me.
As an interpreter in the Fairfax VA public schools, I had many opportunities to speak with Central American parents who faced the reality of gangs who would in fact take their young sons and daughters from home for a life of crime. The poor cannot live in safe gated communities. This was the major life-defying reason driving them to abandon their homes, to face the danger and uncertainty of going north.
Why doesn’t the US do something like the Marshall plan, with UN cooperation in Central America? The US is not maintaining its population growth, and we are fully aware that the problem will be answered by immigration. The US has depended on immigration to the grow the country from the startup (once the American Indian was disposed of, most cruelly).
Why not a real, morally, intellectually-driven – and bipartisan – reckoning with what is now totally unworkable, self-defeating travesty in dealing with immigration? It is a travesty on all sides, politicians hurling stones at each other.. We need more honest, well-prepared leaders!
As for the drug problem? It will have to be legalized. Americans insist on taking dope and killing themselves. That is not caused by Latin American smugglers. They are filling a marketplace need, not causing it. We Americans must get our own act together Or…the end of the empire…
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