What Do Voters Care About? Illegal Immigration, For One Thing

The post immediately below addresses the fact that voters don’t care much about the Democrats’ Helsinki hysteria. Most voters, I think, are smart enough to understand that Donald Trump, unlike his predecessor, is unabashedly pro-America. Thus, the Left’s insane claim that he committed “treason” by not denouncing Vladimir Putin in a public forum convinces no one, especially since the news outlets promoting that attack cheered Barack Obama’s give-away-the-store approach enthusiastically. The average American may not be brilliant, but he isn’t that stupid.

That said, what do voters care about? Illegal immigration, for one thing. Here again, the Democrats have mostly misfired. Their “separated children” campaign–which was exquisitely coordinated with virtually every newspaper and television network in America, I give them credit for that–fell rather flat. Most people are much more concerned about the many adverse impacts of illegal immigration on our country.

Crimes by illegal immigrants are just one issue among several; lower wages for unskilled and semi-skilled Americans is another. But crime grabs headlines, so this Judicial Watch survey is highly relevant: “Busy Month for Illegal Immigrants Committing Heinous Crimes.”

As the separation of families pouring in from Mexico dominates the airwaves several disturbing cases involving illegal aliens shift the focus back to the devastating impact of America’s poorly guarded southern border. In the last few days alone, an illegal immigrant who had been deported eleven times attacked his wife with a chainsaw in front of their children, another got charged with a series of violent rapes and dozens were arrested for operating a major human and drug smuggling enterprise in a major U.S. city.

The gruesome chainsaw attack occurred in Los Angeles County, which has long offered illegal immigrants sanctuary. A man named Alejandro Alvarez-Villegas, deported to his native Mexico 11 times since 2005, tried to kill his wife with a chainsaw.

Deported 11 times? I never know how to interpret such news accounts. Was he actually deported, i.e. taken to the border and sent on his way, or just ordered deported? Deportation orders are generally ignored, as I understand it.

Several hundred miles north in San Francisco, an illegal immigrant from Peru recently got charged with rape by force or violence and other crimes. The 37-year-old, Orlando Vilchez Lazo, was a driver for the ride-sharing company Lyft who somehow passed a background check. Lazo faces life in prison and is being held in jail in San Francisco on $4.2 million bail. San Francisco has long provided illegal aliens with sanctuary and forbids it law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal immigration officials. … Back in 2008 Judicial Watch investigated the SFSD’s handling of an illegal alien (Edwin Ramos) charged with the triple murder of three innocent American citizens. Ramos, who had been arrested on three prior occasions and convicted with two felonies, was never turned over to federal immigration authorities for removal to his native El Salvador under San Francisco’s sanctuary policies.

“Sanctuary” policies are, perhaps, the single greatest scandal in 21st century America. Admittedly, the competition is stiff.

In the other recent case involving serious illegal immigrant criminal activity, 18 human smugglers and 117 illegal aliens got arrested in three stash houses in the area surrounding El Paso, Texas and southern New Mexico. Most of the illegal aliens—93—are from Mexico and the rest from Guatemala (12), Honduras (6), Brazil (3), El Salvador (2) and Peru (1). At least three of the illegal immigrants have serious criminal records, according to information released by ICE. A 32-year-old Mexican man busted in the ring has convictions for child endangerment and driving while intoxicated as well as being arrested for illegally re-entering the U.S. after being deported. A 30-year-old Mexican has ties to a drug cartel and was previously arrested for fraud and misuse of visas. A 34-year-old Guatemalan has an outstanding warrant in Florida for driving under the influence and has also been charged with illegally re-entering the U.S. after deportation, according to the feds.

Besides arresting the criminal elements, the feds also seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana in the El Paso bust, large amounts of U.S. and Mexican cash, nine vehicles and three tractor-trailers.

The litany goes on and on. Reading these accounts, I always wonder: have we become the dumbest country in world history? A nation without borders won’t be a nation for long.

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