The Republican establishment continues to be appalled by the popularity of the only presidential candidate making the fight against illegal immigration a centerpiece of his campaign.
What explains the popularity of an “America First” nativist like Donald Trump?
An obvious explanation is people are mad about being ignored by an entrenched and corrupt political class too spineless to solve the problem. In Trump they’ve found a candidate who shares their concern.
A recent poll of 1,000 adults by YouGov proves RINOs and the media wrong. The very surprising results indicate that 40 years of multi–culti lying have failed to persuade people that embracing law-breakers is good policy.
When asked “How serious a problem is illegal immigration . . . ?” an amazing 77 percent said it was “serious” or “very serious”— explaining the lack of outrage when George Ramos was frog–marched out of a Trump news conference.
Most surprising, in an obvious repudiation of the Obama administration’s “See Something, Say Nothing” immigration policy, 50 percent said they would be happy to report “activity connected to illegal immigration” to the government.
Unfortunately for them, under this administration the phone call would only allow La Raza to find their homes that much easier for picketing purposes.
Lastly, 50 percent, who were obviously not Chipotle customers, said they would report an employer who hired illegals to the government.
But whom do citizens call when the government is doing the hiring?
Almost ten years ago Prince William County, Va. decided to press 1 to listen to citizens and passed an ordinance targeting illegals. County Executive Corey Stewart championed the move that required police to investigate the immigration status of anyone stopped for a violation, denied county benefits to illegals, and permitted residents to sue the county for providing services to illegals.
The immediate result was panic — or success if you’re a citizen. As the Washington Post lamented: “Fears of deportation, combined with the nationwide economic downturn, prompted between 2,000 and 6,000 immigrants to leave . . . Legal immigrants, too, reported being asked to show proof of residency for basic services.”
I feel their pain, I’m ready to start watching Univision myself when I’m ordered to provide proof of residency to renew a library card.
Too bad the resolve of the board began to erode almost immediately. An insubordinate police chief delayed implementation of the law, the usual aiders and abettors threatened lawsuits and the social services bureaucracy resisted accountability.
The ordinance was amended to limit police questioning to those taken to jail, rather than those stopped and ticketed. The chief conducted an apology tour explaining, through a translator, that his heart wasn’t in enforcing the law.
And the country removed the provision allowing citizens to sue, because that smacked too much of consequences for the compassionate bureaucrat’s comfort.
Now the Washington Post reports laborers working on the Montclair Community Library have filed a lawsuit claiming their employer stiffed them after four weeks of work on the roof. The construction contract was awarded to KBE Building.
It hired Evans Construction Services, who in turned subbed the roof to Lopez Family Enterprises, a company where the HR department is evidently located in a 7/11 parking lot.
“Labor lawyers say the allegations are not unusual in an industry that . . . in many cases, hire laborers off the books,” observed the Post and payment in cash was another clue to immigration status. Still, it's remarkable how rapidly illegals metamorphose into strict adherents of the rule of law when they are the ones victimized.
The situation could have been prevented if the county simply required every firm working on a government project to use E–Verify to check the status of all workers. A simple contract clause, with penalty provisions, would ensure all jobs funded by taxpayers be filled only by citizens.
If the YouGov poll had asked if Americans favor tax dollars being used to hire illegal aliens, I predict the answer would have been 85 percent negative.
I wanted to ask Chairman Stewart how the county has gone from illegal alien enforcement to illegal alien recruitment, but he didn’t respond to a request for an interview.
This points out the basic dishonesty of protesting “mass deportation” of illegals. Taxpayers aren’t responsible for buying an illegal’s return ticket. They can leave the U.S. the same way they got here.
In fact most of the solution to the illegal problem is a simple formula: No jobs, plus no welfare equals no illegals.
Unfortunately for the future of the nation the anger over illegal immigration demonstrated by Trump supporters and the YouGov poll proves the real “Dreamers” aren’t illegal teenagers going to college on the taxpayer dime.
The dreamers are citizen taxpayers who still harbor hope the political class will finally do something to reverse the flood of illegal immigration.
Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher (for the League of American Voters), and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.
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