Newell: Does the crisis facing illegal immigrants matter more than the crisis facing Americans?

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May 08, 2019 - 6:01 am

There’s another caravan gathering in southern Mexico, planning to head to the U.S. border.  And there’s no crisis?  Newell spoke with Dave Ray, the Communications Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, who was at the border, to get a sense of what’s going on. 

Here are some of Newell’s HOT TAKES:

  • I just continue to be intrigued by how the media changes the definition of “asylum.”  You have to articulate certain characteristics to be eligible for asylum.  You have to prove that you are being personally singled out by your government based on race, ethnicity, national origin, or your affiliation with a group or if the government is allowing you to be persecuted for those things.
  • The media continually reports there are gangs in those countries.  Well, last time I checked, we have gangs.  The media reports that these immigrants are poor, and there aren’t any jobs where they live.  Well, we have poor people who can’t get jobs.  The media reports their economy is bad.  While I feel for them, that isn’t persecution. 
  • There will be over a million people this year crossing the border illegally.  And I saw the media interviewing people from Cameroon, from the Middle East, from Cuba.  Having people from all those different countries and regions adds complexity to the challenge for this administration.
  • It’s a political football.  People are just playing a game with it; and meanwhile, they don’t understand the effects it’s going to have throughout this country.  They don’t understand that we’ve developed a culture where it’s okay to violate the law.  I don’t know how we’re going to bring about an end to this.
  • For whatever reason, some still think this is a manufactured crisis.  There are those who want to say this is President Trump’s fault.  There is rhetoric coming from all sides on this. 
  • Nonetheless, however, what continues to go on at the southern border IS a crisis.  If you DON’T believe this is a crisis, I’m really not sure what else to say. 
  • We have a homeless problem in this country.  We have a poverty problem.  We have a social services problem.  We have a mental illness problem.  We have a drug problem in America.  These folks, the illegal immigrants, come to this country with no means at all.  We don’t need more people who will exacerbate the problems we already have.

Check out Newell’s entire conversation below.

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