DONALD TRUMP’S VISIT TO U.S.-MEXICO BORDER SIDETRACKED BY POLITICS
A labor union representing U.S. Border Patrol agents has withdrawn its participation in billionaire mogul (and surprise GOP presidential frontrunner) Donald Trump‘s scheduled appearance on the U.S.-Mexican border near Laredo, Texas.
“The National Border Patrol Council, Local 2455 in Laredo, Texas, invited Mr. Trump to be their guest and then they were totally silenced directly from superiors in Washington who do not want people to know how bad it is on the border – every bit as bad as Mr. Trump has been saying,” a release from Trump’s campaign stated.
A statement from Hector Garza – head of the union – seemed to reinforce Trump’s view.
“After careful consideration of all the factors involved in this event and communicating with members of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) at the National level, it has been decided by Local 2455 to pull out of all events involving Donald Trump,” Garza said.
“It is unfortunate the local union of Border Patrol Agents received pressure at a national level not to participate and ultimately pulled out of today’s event,” the statement from Trump’s campaign continued. “They are being silenced, and are very unhappy about it, as told directly to Mr. Trump. It can only be assumed that there are things the politicians in Washington do not want Americans to see or discuss.”
Hard to argue with that take on the situation …
Trump has elevated the immigration issue to the forefront of the national debate – in the process elevating his candidacy to the top of the GOP heap. And while we’ve never breathed fire on this issue, (i.e. embracing mass deportations or other unrealistic “solutions”) but we have argued on behalf of border security and common sense pro-free market, pro-liberty reforms which would stem the flow of illegal immigration. We also believe pathways to status should never be confused with pathways to citizenship.
It’s one thing to permit illegal immigrants to participate in the economy, it’s something else to grant them full citizenship (i.e. voting) rights.
More to the point: Protecting the border is one of the few things the federal government is constitutionally charged with doing …which is why it’s so baffling/ frustrating that it’s not being done (even as politicians in Washington, D.C. spend trillions on things they shouldn’t be funding).
Should we be surprised at this point?
No … although the outrage against that sort of disconnect is precisely what’s fueling Trump’s rise (and the ongoing establishment efforts to contain it).
Of interest? Efforts to disrupt Trump’s visit to the border came as he openly discussed running as an independent due to the poor treatment he’s received from the GOP establishment. And the poor treatment his supporters have received.