Donald Trump has hit a nerve!
What he said was decidedly politically incorrect, but many people clearly feel the same way. Mr. Trump is now leading the Republican pack in the opinion polls.
His comment on the need to do something about illegal immigrants following the murder of a 32-year-old woman in San Francisco by an illegal who has been deported five times was roundly condemned in the liberal media and by the other candidates.
Hillary Clinton was one of those condemning the comment. She needs to think more deeply. She is in favor of granting citizenship to the eleven million illegal aliens in the United States. At the same time, she is trying to sell herself as the leading candidate to represent the working-man, the very people most threatened by immigrants.
Some immigration is needed. America’s education system does not produce enough people with the skills to serve the country. But millions have arrived on these shores who end up at the bottom of society, competing for low wage jobs with the working poor. This includes many African Americans, another group Mrs. Clinton, a multi-millionaire, likes to think she represents.
The best thing she could do to raise their standard of living, to create jobs and boost incomes, is to advocate curbs on immigration. If that’s what people want, they would be better dumping Hillary for the Donald.
It’s not just illegals that are the problem.
Five men are dead and others critically injured, leaving a number of children without a father, following shooting incidents in Chattanooga by a legal immigrant from Kuwait. To put it simply – if this man’s family had not been allowed into the country, five American families would not be going through bereavement right now. And about a dozen children could still play with Daddy.
The perpetrator of the Chattanooga murders was a Muslim, likely influenced by ISIS, which is calling on supporters to go out and kill men in uniform.
Another Muslim immigrant from Jordan, murdered thirteen Americans in an attack at Fort Hood in November, 2009.
Of course, the biggest attack by Muslim immigrants was on September 11th fourteen years ago when 3,000 were killed.
It’s not just Muslims who do these things. A young immigrant from South Korea killed 38 Americans, mostly students, at Virginia Tech in 2007. Again, if he had not been allowed into the country, 38 families could still look forward to their sons and daughters coming home for the holidays.
Of course, it’s not just immigrants that commit murder. That’s not the point. A responsibility of government is to do everything possible to guarantee the safety of the people, within the confines of our laws and traditions. Most people do not want to lose their freedoms to accomplish this.
Our lax immigration laws do not add to our safety. Rather, they do the opposite, endangering all Americans every single day –we do not know where the next attack is coming from.
It’s widely believed that immigration built this country. This overlooks the fact that there have been periods in US history when immigration was restricted. In theory, it still is. But today’s “restriction” is very generous – well over a million a year, mostly legal immigrants.
Clearly, a national debate is needed on this subject. This is unlikely to come from any of the presidential candidates, other than Mr. Trump.
Any debate must include a study of just how many murders have been committed by immigrants as well as a study of the economic benefits and losses (losses include the cost of educating immigrant children and providing healthcare to families).
Mr. Trump has been greatly criticized for saying Mexican illegals are “rapists.” Again, reliable facts and figures are needed here. The United Kingdom has witnessed recent scandals where Pakistani men, all Muslims, have been grooming young white girls for sex. These sexual grooming gangs have operated in a lot of UK towns, most famously Rochdale and Rotherham, targeting 12-year-olds and above. Local authorities were afraid to say anything for fear of accusations of “racism.” Cambridge and Sheffield are two other cities affected by this.
There are differences in cultures. Mr. Trump’s remark may not be so outrageous after all. Americans should at least be thankful to him for raising the subject.