By: Aedan Sara O’Connor
On April 4th The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary Kirstjen Nielsen made an important announcement that President Trump will be sending the National Guard to protect the United States-Mexico border. She also made an indication that the DHS plans to construct military installations along the border. She did not give any indication of when exactly this would occur, how many troops she would employ, how long this would be for or how much it would cost as of yet. Nielson says they are currently working the logistics out with the state governors, presumably those of the border states, California, New Mexico, Texas and Arizona .
President Trump will likely do this through an executive order as Trump had previously said he wants to use the military to defend the border. George Bush and Barack Obama had both temporarily used the military to defend the border so this is not unprecedented. He has said that he wants the Pentagon to use some of their funds to pay for the wall.
This aligns with his consistent promise to build a wall and to end illegal immigration. I think this is a reasonable solution and can be used as a negotiation technique to get the wall built. I support this and hope the National Guard remains until a security barrier is built. The illegal immigration rate, which had briefly declined after Trump’s inauguration seems to have increased again. There is evidence to suggest that drugs are being trafficked over the border which is contributing to the Opoid crisis.
The left, quite predictably is quite upset about this plan. They were fine with it when it was Obama but there are many on the left who seem to protest Trump’s every decision whether they previously agreed with the policy or not. I do think illegal immigration is a different issue as many on the left seem to now want open borders. There are two main theories as to why this is the case.
Ann Coulter believes that since the recent immigrants admitted voted for the Democrats 80-20, they see them as their new voting base. The Democrats are increasingly losing the white working class faction of their voters and feel that they need a new demographic to win. They figure if they import enough immigrants who are likely to vote Democrat to the swing states, they can flip elections. I believe they have largely done this in California, Florida, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and are trying to do this in Texas, the quintessential conservative state.
Ben Shapiro believes that leftists think that America ruined the world with interventionist foreign policies, and yes that includes countries that America has never been in and countries that America improved significantly as American intervention usually does. The logic is seemingly convoluted but I agree that a fair number of progressives believe it. Coulter and Shapiro are both right to a certain extent and I believe it depends on the specific progressive but it is likely a mixture of both.
Immigration can be great for a country but it should be done on the basis of meritocracy with regard for our national security. If an illegal immigrant would make a fine American citizen they should apply through legal means. We should not base our immigration system based on getting specific voters or on false pretences that America is an evil force in the world. America cannot, unfortunately, take every person who wishes to come.
Aedan Sara O’Connor is the founder and CEO of Dame Right. While she is an American patriot, she was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. An avid political junkie and nerd, she created Dame Right when she saw a void to be filled in feminine conservative media. Her previous work has been featured in Daily Wire, The National Post, Rebel Media, Toronto Sun and Jerusalem Post.