I’m Not Making This Up, You Know


Mexico has been unable or unwilling (or some of each) to enforce its own immigration laws at its southern border, and one result has been a spike in the influx of illegal immigration passing through to the U. S. Donald Trump threatened to use his authority to apply a tariff on Mexican goods unless Mexico began acting responsibly with regard to illegal migration.

At the last minute, Mexico gave Trump what he wanted, and Trump has placed the tariff proposal on hold.

Of course, the senator’s actual prediction was more along the lines of the President caving in to Congressional pressure after Mexico failed to agree to acceptable terms.

Some New Yorkers are better deal makers than others.

NIMBYs and Illegals


A story has been circulating that the White House has toyed with the idea of turning illegal immigrants loose in sanctuary cities while the immigration hearings are pending. The reaction of the elites from the Bay Area and the Northeastern Megalopolis has been pure NIMBY—not in my back yard. The Leftist elites’ gut reaction to having to deal with some those migrants on their home turf when they thought the illegals would be cluttering up the border towns in Texas and Arizona has led them to make a poor decision. They should be welcoming migrants to blue states.

The Left is claiming that the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 census will suppress the count of immigrants. but at least for the time being, the lawsuit they’ve filed to keep the citizenship question off the 2020 census is going in their favor. That means if more migrants are counted in Texas instead of California, a red state will have a chance to pick up one or two more seats in the House and electoral votes.

Central American Kids and Carroll County


There’s an old Army Reserve building here in Westminster that hasn’t been in use for around 20 years. It’s been under consideration as a place to house some of the flood of illegal immigrant kids from Central America. Politico has a story about our governor’s reaction that includes this:

But before they hung up, O’Malley told Muñoz not to send any of the children to the facility in Westminster, Md., that the White House was looking at. It’s a conservative part of the state, he warned. The children were at risk of getting harassed, or worse, he said.

Yes, Carroll County is probably the most conservative area in the state. After all, Alan Keyes and Michael Steele carried the county by huge margins when they ran for Senate. We didn’t vote for the white liberals who won. <sarc>So it’s obvious that we must be redneck haters.</sarc>

The actual reaction in the county has been mixed. Almost everyone thinks using the old armory is a bad idea. The building is not properly configured for that purpose, and the cost of modification could be quite high. However, as soon as the news of the possible use of the Army Reserve facility broke, local groups, such as churches, began looking for ways to provide services to the children while they might be here. We’re mostly conservatives around here, but that does not prevent us from caring for those in need.

I guess that makes us compassionate conservatives. Maybe we should put a gun rack in Mrs. Hoge’s Volvo.

The AP is Technically Correct


The AP has changed it’s Style Book to deprecate the term “illegal immigrant.” Their reason is that the person is not illegal, and that’s true. The act of crossing the border or being in the country without lawful authorization is an illegal act, but the person committing the act isn’t illegal. He’s a criminal.

Thus, a more accurate term would be criminal immigrant.