Turn on the AC, everybody. Talk of MS-13 is heating up.
On Tuesday’s Fox & Friends, during a discussion of family separation and illegal immigration, host Brian Kilmeade claimed “a lot of” illegal alien children “turn into” MS-13 gang members.
“We are $20 trillion in debt. We have classrooms that are overrun. We have teachers buying their own supplies. … But these kids get fanned out to working-class neighborhoods into our society. And then they have to be paid for by English-is-a-second-language. And then they got to be schooled, and a lot of them, sadly, in my neighborhood, turn into MS-13.”
Due to the facts that the law is being followed (therefore disallowing kids to be held in cells with their parents) and adult illegal aliens sneaking into the country are being prosecuted, there’s been an increase in the number of children for which the country is having to care. The AP recently reported that approximately 2,000 minors were taken from their families between April 19th and May 31st.
While Democrats seem more interested in decrying family separation than making any move to either A) legislatively end the symptom of family separation or B) temper the malady of illegal immigration, things seem to be at a standstill.
Furthermore, Trump appears to be holding the line in wait for immigration reform, utilizing the family separation focus of this current news cycle as leverage.
The media doubtlessly have spotlighted the issue so as to defeat Trump, but he did a karate move and used their own chop against them. Technically, that’s probably more Judo.
Either way, the Martial Artist of the Deal had this to say:
Democrats are the problem. They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2018
CNN’s Chris Cillizza wasn’t impressed by the President:
Conflating gang members with small children being separated from their parents… https://t.co/lVfAnjuexe
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) June 19, 2018
Predictably, given their apparent inability to process any ideas other than “Trump, evil. Must defeat Republican,” some seemed to think a crime greater than gang violence is Trump’s use of the word “infest” to degrade hatchet murder:
Trump uses the word “INFEST” to describe immigrants.
THIS IS DEHUMANIZATION.
This is PRECISELY the verb Hitler used to describe Jews. https://t.co/bYCzYDSEzU
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) June 19, 2018
“Infest.” Trump’s dehumanizing language continues—as it always does—by lumping nonviolent illegal immigrants in with violent gangs. https://t.co/qqfAS7pJAp
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) June 19, 2018
Aaaaand we’re done.
The most interesting part of all of this is that it will all soon pass. The news cycle will reset, and none of it will even matter. Remember guns? You were supposed to be fanatically upset about them. But that was yesterday. Now, gun control is a bunch of bell bottoms, and CNN, MSNBC, and others would like to interest you in this spiffy Members Only jacket.
But for now, while it does seem to matter, I’ll say this: MS-13 is a big enough threat to the U.S. to be taken quite seriously, whether or not Brian Kilmeade was right in his estimation of “a lot.” Furthermore, Trump is rightly leveraging the issues, of MS-13 and, more strongly, family separation. Problems aren’t solved by addressing the symptoms.
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