Jeb Bush and other Establishment Republicans have a huge problem with illegal immigration. They are on the wrong side of the issue – opposed by a majority of Americans. This is represented by Donald Trump’s rise in the polls, which began with his focus on illegal immigration and his promise to build a wall to stop it.
The Constitution makes the President, Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces. Ultimately he (or she) is responsible for the nation’s security. Including border security and controlling illegal immigration.
Congress has legislated illegal immigration in the past. In 1986 it passed, and the president signed, a law to “grant legal status to illegal immigrants, crack down on employers who hired illegal workers and secure the border once and for all.” So if our border has been “secure” since 1986, how are millions of illegals crossing it? There simply wasn’t the political will to secure the border regardless of what the law stated. George H.W Bush could have built a fence and secured the border but did not do so. That failure to secure the border led to increased immigration into California, which not coincidentally, became a solid Democrat state beginning with Clinton in 1992.
In 2006 George W. Bush proposed comprehensive immigration reform stating: “An immigration reform bill needs to be comprehensive, because all elements of this problem must be addressed together”. His plan offered most of the same promises and plans of the 1986 law. If the 1986 law worked, why is a nearly identical law needed to again grant amnesty to illegal immigrants? Congress rebelled. It rejected “comprehensive reform”, but authorized 700 miles of fencing to secure the Mexican border. Bush, showing his compassion for illegals, ignored the will of Congress and the American people. He built only 32 miles of fence in his last two years in office. He, like his father, lacked the desire to enforce the law.
Jeb Bush also sees no problem with millions of illegal immigrants flooding the US job market: “Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family.” This does not sound like someone willing to carry out presidential-constitutional duties of enforcing the immigration law. In addition, America already has 93+ MILLION Americans not able to find work in our economy. The jobs illegals take are jobs Americans cannot have. Where is Jeb’s compassion for these jobless Americans? The big corporations want an American labor market like the one described in “The Grapes of Wrath”, where thousands of broke farmers flooded the labor market in Depression era California, driving wages down so low, the workers could barely afford food.
But in modern America, no worries. We have a super generous welfare state so everyone gets food, housing, cable TV and the occasional video game. This generosity applies to immigrants too! 57% of immigrants used welfare (legal and illegal) in 2009. That’s before Obama began his mass importation of poor illegals. It is likely higher now. Jeb will surely continue this generosity with taxpayer dollars. Never mind that the nation is $19 Trillion in debt, adding billions more every year.
Sidenote: From a biblical standpoint, Christians are called by God to help the helpless poor, but with our own resources. Jeb doesn’t spend the Bush family fortune to help the illegals he loves so much. He turns to big government programs using other peoples money. America cannot afford to have an open border and place everybody crossing onto the welfare roles. No country can.
The unsecured border is a nightmare for those citizens living along it. One rancher along the Mexican border in southeastern Arizona has apprehended nearly 12,000 illegal aliens crossing his ranch over a 6 year period. The state of Arizona has set up a task force to clean up 2000 TONS of trash left annually by illegals crossing the border. This trash is dumped on private land, national parkland, and Native American tribal land. It truly is a shame the Bush family doesn’t have compassion for those Americans living along the border. Of course it may be different if the Bush family compound (picture) in Kennebunkport, Maine was being overrun by illegal trespassers. Most assuredly the fence would have been built to protect their property. The establishment types always take care of themselves.
This is Jeb’s illegal immigration problem. Based on his comments and the actions of his father and his brother, there is no reason to believe he will EVER secure the border as president. That is why he trails Trump in recent polling and why he will likely never be elected. It’s largely about illegal immigration.
Scot Wolf is the author of The Bible and Constitution Made America Great By Providing Freedom and Liberty to Citizens, available at Amazon.com or Nook and Kindle Ebooks. It contains a chapter on Immigration and the American Ideal. www.restorethefoundation.com