President Donald J. Trump announced Tuesday that he will deploy U.S. troops to reinforce America’s "border" with Mexico. Democrats were not amused.
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, said, "We don’t need to turn our border communities into militarized zones." His colleague Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., declared that the armed forces should not “stand guard against dangers that exist only in President Trump’s fevered imagination."
That fever also must have struck Trump’s predecessor.
The Washington Post reported on May 26, 2010, "President Obama will deploy 1,200 National Guard troops and request an extra $500 million to secure the Mexican border."
The story also said, "The initiative echoes 2006’s Operation Jump Start, in which President George W. Bush devoted 6,000 guardsmen to a two-year commitment in support of the Border Patrol."
On immigration and other issues, the left slams Trump’s proposals as if they were cooked up at a cross burning. Proof soon arises that the same policy was backed by Obama, George W. Bush, or either Clinton.
This pattern has become laughably predictable.
The U.S. Census Bureau announced last month that the 2020 Census will ask if respondents are American citizens.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, D-N.Y. said, "The prospect of someone saying, ‘I’m from the Trump administration,' and asking for citizenship status will invoke fear."
Schneiderman's state and 16 others sued the Trump administration to delete this question from the next Census. "We argue with substantial evidence this is done to punish places like New York, where we welcome immigrants."
Democrats claim that merely asking immigrants if they are citizens, even legal ones, will make them dodge Census takers, avoid being counted, and, thus, limit their numbers within each state’s total population. Incomplete tallies, Democrats argue, could curb some states’ strength in the U.S. House and the Electoral College.
The unfathomably wicked Trump surely concocted this Census question to steer immigrants into the shadows.
Or perhaps Trump simply stole this idea from Bill Clinton.
Question 13, on page 4 of the 2000 Census, asked, "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" Possible responses included birth in America, U.S. territories, or overseas to American parents; citizenship via naturalization; or "No, not a citizen of the United States."
As for Trump’s promised barrier with Mexico, the ACLU’s Omar Jadwat is not a fan. As he put it, "President Trump’s fantasy of sealing the border with a wall is driven by racial and ethnic bias that disgraces America’s proud tradition of protecting vulnerable migrants."
Jadwat should say that to Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. As senators, these three liberals supported the Secure Fence Act of 2006, as did 23 other Democrats. The bill would provide "better security along our borders," Obama said on the Senate floor, and "help stem some of the tide of illegal immigration in this country."
The Senate adopted this measure, 80 to 19.
President George W. Bush signed it into law that October.
While it erected no wall, this legislation "authorized building a fence along about 700 miles of the border between the United States and Mexico," according to PolitiFact.
If Democrats in 2006 favored open borders, unfettered immigration, and opposed even a border fence, their current wailing about the wall would be consistent. But Democrats’ support for a border fence, but no wall, is a difference of degree, not kind. Put another way, this is largely a frontier flip-flop.
It’s one thing to occupy a house without a back door and welcome anyone who waltzes in.
But if Democrats want a wooden door with one spring lock, and Republicans prefer a steel door with three deadbolts, Dems cannot call GOPers cruel, knuckle-dragging bigots without conceding that they are, too — only maybe not as much.
Whatever the issue, if Democrats ever favored it, the second that President Trump embraces it, that policy’s Democratic pedigree vanishes. Instantly, it becomes the work of Satan.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor with National Review Online. He has been a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. Read more opinions from Deroy Murdock — Click Here Now.
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