Under Trump, Homeland Security Actually Gets Around to Securing the Homeland
A Commentary By Charles Hurt
Are you tired of winning yet?
In the long march to remaking American greatness, President Trump has certainly attracted plenty of scorn and ridicule from all the predictable and boring corners over all the predictable and boring nonissues.
Russian roulette doesn’t really work without at least a single bullet. Without a bullet, the gun will never be found smoking. But — as ever among lazy leftists — ignorance of guns and how they work is celebrated as the highest virtue.
Yet amid the cacophony from the swamp, a few uncorrupted observers are starting to notice something shocking to them.
Despite all the Sturm und Drang from the crazy political press, President Trump is actually making real, concrete progress toward Making America Great Again. And, shocker of shockers, he appears to be that rare political actor who is determined to actually keep the promises he made to voters.
In no area is there more winning going on right now than Mr. Trump’s promised crackdown on immigration, both legal and illegal.
The Department of Homeland Security, which had become the Department of Homeland Extermination under President Obama, has encountered perhaps the greatest upheaval of any government department. Overnight, the whole structure spun 180 degrees away from a mission of basically being traffic cops ordered to direct illegals streaming across the border to the nearest place for getting papers, a cot with free food and welfare benefits.
Immediately, the department’s mission switched to stopping illegals at the border, detaining those who had crossed illegally and deporting those here illegally.
A funny thing happens when the Department of Homeland Security begins focusing on, well, securing the homeland.
Illegals quit coming over the border. Despite an unusual July spike in border-crossers, illegal immigration is still down nearly 70 percent since Mr. Trump took office. In July of last year alone, under Mr. Obama, illegal immigration was 85 percent higher than Mr. Trump’s entire presidency, according to one reliable estimate.
And this is before building one foot of his beloved wall.
Mr. Trump’s stance is the mirror opposite of Mr. Obama, who broadcast to the world a blinking neon “Welcome” sign that drew millions of illegals across brutal deserts — to be raped, enslaved and murdered. Literally, Mr. Obama and his leftist cohorts would not allow animals to be treated in this manner.
But illegals? Well, Mr. Obama and his leftist cohorts have a lot of laundry that needs folding and toilets that need cleaning, so what’s a few rapes and slaves?
Then the media gets ahold of taped conversations between Mr. Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in which our president warned the Mexican president to quit saying his country won’t pay for the wall.
“If you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I cannot live with that,” Mr. Trump said.
“I have to have Mexico pay for the wall — I have to. I have been talking about it for a two-year period.”
Fake News Media somehow managed to mangle and distort these comments to mean that Mr. Trump did not intend to build the wall and make Mexico pay for it — the precise opposite of what he actually said.
It all just proves that the refugees wandering the swamp in a daze of Trump Derangement Syndrome will never give him credit for any of his successes — no matter how obvious they may be.
• Charles Hurt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter, @charleshurt.
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