President Donald Trump took a victory lap to the U.S. border on Tuesday, touting the fulfillment of his pledge to build 450 miles of new wall protecting America from illegal immigrants.
“For years, politicians ran for office promising to secure the border – only to get elected and do the absolute exact opposite, they even promised a wall,” he said in Alamo, Texas. “But unlike those who came before me, I kept my promises. Today, we celebrate an extraordinary milestone: the completion of the promised 450 miles of border wall.”
Thanks to obstruction from both Democrats and Republicans, construction on the border wall was slow-going in the early years of the Trump presidency. However, once the president promised that he would complete the 450 miles of new wall by the end of 2020, the initiative roared into overdrive. Last week, officials announced that the milestone had been met. Furthermore, there are another 300 miles of wall under construction or ready to begin construction soon. The fate of those sections, however, will be in some jeopardy thanks to our new, pro-immigration president.
In his speech on Tuesday, Trump warned that if Biden puts an end to his policies, there will be a “tidal wave of illegal immigration – a wave like you’ve never seen before.”
“They’re coming because they think that it’s a gravy train at the end,” he said. “It’s going to be a gravy train. Change the name from the caravans, which I think we came up with, to the gravy train because that’s what they’re looking for — looking for the gravy.”
No one – not even Biden’s supporters – can deny this simple and obvious fact. Indeed, in an op-ed for the Washington Post, activist reporter Jorge Ramos argued specifically that it’s a “good thing” that immigration will surge under the next president.
“After the pandemic and the horrors of the Trump era, the United States must return to its historic tradition of receiving foreigners. Doing so will help the country emerge from its economic crisis. Immigrants work the toughest jobs, create employment opportunities for others and give back to their communities. Undocumented immigrants contribute more than $11 billion a year in state and local taxes. Immigrants are an essential part of our multiethnic, multicultural society,” argued Ramos.
“Mr. Biden shouldn’t build walls or separate immigrant families or bar migrants from Muslim-majority countries, as Mr. Trump has,” he continued. “Good leaders are defined by how they treat the most vulnerable in their charge, not the wealthiest or most powerful. And immigrants are, by far, the most vulnerable.”
By that reasoning, why even wait for them to travel to the U.S. – which, we’re sure Ramos would agree, is a treacherous journey. Why not send U.S. buses down to Latin America on a regular basis until our country is so stuffed full of illegals that we literally can’t fit anymore? If a lot of illegal immigration is a good thing, then why shouldn’t we maximize its potential?
Then again, we’re not entirely confident that people like Mr. Ramos would disagree.