Jewish World Review July 24, 2014 / 26 Tammuz, 5774
Rick Perry's bold border move
By Cal Thomas
Critics will call it a stunt and accuse Perry of showboating, but at least he is taking action, while President Obama, who took an oath to defend the country from all enemies foreign and domestic, drinks beer, plays pool and attends fundraisers as our borders are overrun. Enemies are more than adversary nations with weapons. An enemy can also be a person, or groups of people who, by their presence in a country, undermine its economy, strength and values.
Polls show a majority of Americans favor stopping illegal aliens from entering the country.
In a recent telephone survey by Rasmussen Reports, 59 percent of likely U.S. voters believe "the primary focus of any new immigration legislation passed by
The public isn't buying what they've been told by the media and some Democrats that the illegal immigrants are fleeing dangerous conditions in their own countries. According to Rasmussen, "Most voters (52 percent) believe they are coming to America for economic reasons." Just 31 percent think they're coming for their own safety.
During a 2012 Republican presidential debate, Perry defended giving in-state tuition breaks to illegal immigrants, saying those who opposed the practice don't have a heart. That was about immigrants already here. At the time, Perry says he warned the administration of the increasing number of unaccompanied children crossing the border. He claims the
If Perry's detractors, of whom there are many, criticize him for a "symbolic" act, what about President Obama's motive for not sending federal troops, or finishing the border fence? Obama's critics say the president is "importing" future Democratic voters and creating another underclass that will be dependent on government and thus, the party of big government, the Democrats.
Action, even if insufficient to solve the problem, beats doing nothing in the minds of many Americans disgusted with gridlock and a dysfunctional federal government. Perry's planned troop rollout will occur over the next 30 days. If it reduces the number of illegal immigrants flooding into
Should the immigrants, as a result of Perry's action, attempt to enter the U.S. at the borders of
Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.
© 2014 Tribune Content Agency