“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” – Ronald Reagan
President Trump declares a national emergency at the southern border, igniting a partisan firestorm, a new funding bill comes from Congress that exacerbates border problems versus solving them. With border security a polarizing matter both from ideological and economic perspectives, it is time to examine the issue more closely. The puzzling questions as Trump seeks decisive action with little cooperation, seeking to remedy policies of past administrations that have failed to enforce the borders or universally apply existing immigration laws, demand answers.
The prevailing view is economic, noting that both Republicans and Democrats have special interests that want a less expensive labor force. And, with a national replacement rate that has fallen to 1.7, it makes sense that for every two individuals that leave the workforce we will need at least four tenths of a worker imported just to break even. We are no longer replacing ourselves in the economy through native births. The argument is supported by the numbers, but still presupposes an orderly and prioritized immigration process to succeed.
The explanation that makes the most sense is a political one. If we recall Obama’s declaration that we are witnessing a “fundamental transformation of America”, the picture comes into focus. Immigration from south of our border, the large percentage of which arrives illegally, will soon irreversibly transform the political landscape of the country. If current trends continue, we will have little chance of ever having a Republican President again.
California is the test case. Through the mid-eighties, California was a solidly conservative state, voting Republican more often than not. Both Reagan and Nixon came from California and both carried huge majorities in the state. But a tripling of the Hispanic immigrant population since the eighties combined with amnesties and registered non-citizen voters has led to dominant Democrat leadership which has turned the state overwhelmingly blue. Obama and Hillary carried a huge majority in their presidential runs in California. In many congressional districts in California Republicans no longer even field a candidate.
Hispanic voters are heavily aligned with the Democrat Party, varying from 65% to 85% as a voting bloc depending on the state. If you examine recent election results Hispanic votes play a large role in outcomes in California, Nevada, Arizona, Florida, New York, Colorado and New Mexico. With liberal majorities in most other coastal states, the only Republican counterweight to these populous blue states is Texas. It is no coincidence that a significant proportion of illegal immigration from south of the border comes through and settles in Texas. It is more than just a geographic convenience, it is a strategy. Pew research provides useful data:
It is clear that the Democrats are playing the long game. They intend, through additional amnesty or some other stratagem, to turn the state of Texas blue with new Hispanic Democrat voters. And it looks as though they are close to their goal. In the midterm elections, Ted Cruz, a tenured Republican Senator of Hispanic descent, barely squeaked by an unknown Beto O’Rourke by a margin of 2%. The margins were even closer in other mid-terms such as Florida. Clearly burgeoning Hispanic populations voting highly Democrat have the potential to swing candidates that are determined by such small margins.
Democrat leadership knows this and Texas is squarely in their crosshairs. They wish to see Texas follow California. If this happens, subsequent presidential elections will begin with a blue majority automatically tallied in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and Massachusetts. That is a 208 electoral vote head start on the way to a needed 270 for victory. Any Republican would have to carry almost all of the remaining forty states, a seemingly insurmountable task. Ten states would perpetually dictate the American presidency. Add Florida, which is also experiencing heavy Democrat in-migration, and it is lights out for Republicans.
With this kind of majority position, the Democrats can run leftist ideologues like Kamala Harris or Elizabeth Warren along with their globalist, anti-American agendas and there is little the rest of Flyover America can do about it. The decision will already be made, and our fate sealed. America will gradually succumb to a permanent and dependent underclass with eager and ever powerful overlords promising to confiscate and redistribute everything through the new religion of Democratic Socialism.
Beyond the economic implications of a failed immigration system linger dire political consequences. If America is ever to have conservative leadership in the majority again, as career Republicans seem oblivious to the trends, and indeed if America desires to remain a functioning, balanced Republic into the foreseeable future, this issue must be addressed immediately.