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Swing Low, Sweet Beto

The Oracle of El Paso thinks immigration laws are akin to...slavery?

After observing the passing political scene for several years, I’ve come to the conclusion that the people running the country, along with those seeking office to do so, aren’t what you would call very smart. Point of fact, a good number of them are dumber than the box of chocolates sitting on Forrest Gump’s lap—a Deep State of Doofuses, if you will, rather than the hyper-competent techocracy that the movies and TV would have you believe.

Take, for instance, one Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, the Irish guy with a Hispanic name, late of the 16th Congressional District in El Paso. Back in 2016, he inexplicably came within a few points of taking a Senate seat away from Ted Cruz, after riding a wave of media adoration so shameless it would have made Robert Pattinson cringe. Since failing upward is the norm in Democrat politics, O’Rourke is back—and this time, he means to take the Big Enchilada away from none other than Donald Trump. But like one of twenty singers in a boy band, he has to find a way to distinguish himself from the rest of the Democrat hopefuls. Is he the sensitive socialist? The woke Native American with the high cheek bones? The dude who came from the streets with his buddy T-Bone?

Nope, he’s the guy who likes to stand on tables and spout off stuff like this:

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D.) on Saturday likened immigration laws in the United States to slavery.

Surely they must be kidding!

O’Rourke participated in a forum on “wages and working people,” which was hosted by SEIU and the Center for American Progress Action Fund in Las Vegas, Nev. During his remarks, he said illegal immigrants live in “modern day bondage.”

They’re not kidding. And don’t call them Shirley.

“[With immigration, there are] millions living in the shadows, working some of the toughest jobs, lucky to make a minimum wage, still not even making that,” O’Rourke said. “[Immigrants are] kept in modern day bondage, their immigration status used as leverage to keep them down from fully participating in this country’s success and in our economy, an economy that works too well for too few and not well enough for most Americans.”

To paraphrase the immortal words of Hans Gruber, “You’re amazing, Beto. You figured this all out already.” Of course unscrupulous employers use immigration status as leverage to keep people down! It’s why they hire illegal labor in the first place! These modern day slave masters—as O’Rourke himself calls them—know full well that they can abuse their employees, because it ain’t like these poor people can run to the authorities to complain about low pay and substandard working conditions.

Same goes with the horrible situation at the border. Care to guess why so many children are dragged thousands of miles and subjected to incredible danger just so they can reach America, with untold numbers dying along the way? Because current immigration law incentivizes it. Smugglers know that their chances of getting in are better when minors accompany them—and so they bring a bunch of kids along.

Basic common sense would tell you that the most effective way to discourage this behavior would be to make it less tempting to engage in it. On the employer side, that means toughening the penalties against hiring illegal labor and vigorously enforcing the law. On the border, that means heightened security and reforming laws so that children don’t get used as an easy ticket into the country.

What, on the other hand, does O’Rourke propose?

When it comes to illegal immigration, O’Rourke has not provided many specifics on how he would tackle the issue. Back in January, he told the Washington Post he didn’t know what to do in terms of visa overstays and that he would be listening to the people, saying, “I trust the wisdom of people.” In terms of the border wall in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, he told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes back in February he would “absolutely” take the border wall down.

But. . .but. . .wouldn’t that just exponentially increase the number of people sneaking across and falling into the very bondage that O’Rourke is lamenting here? I’m kind of getting the impression that he really didn’t think this one through—unless he’s also proposing that we just let anyone work out in the open, regardless of their immigration status.

Which, by the way, I can’t imagine a labor union like SEIU supporting.

So basically O’Rourke is proposing to make the problem even worse, all with the added bonus of giving the members of his audience the shaft. Again, not exactly what I would call the smartest of moves—but, given the intellectual level of our national politics these days, pretty much par for the course.


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