Ha, ha, ha, ha. Excuse me for laughing my (blank) off, but the news that there will be some 1000 migrants coming to Florida’s Broward and Palm Beach counties each month has me convulsing. As the anti-Trump news services were quick to point out, both counties are predominantly Democrat – even though some of the wealthiest Republicans (and Democrats) live on what the locals simply refer to as “the island” – that would be the enclave of the rich and famous of Palm Beach. It is separated from the rest of Palm Beach County by the intercoastal waterway and million-dollar income brackets.
You must give President Trump credit. While the media focuses on the Democrat political leadership in these counties as the reason for the plan – sticking with the narrative that Trump is sticking it to Democrat sanctuary cities—the folks of the Fourth Estate fail to note that Trump’s beloved Mar-a-Lago is in Palm Beach County. It is not likely, however, that many of the migrants will wind up residing on “the island.”
As a matter of disclaimer, I should note that I, too, live in Palm Beach County – but nowhere near “the island.” My sole contribution to the County — unintended and unfortunate as it may be — is to lower the average income.
What produced my fit of laughter is the reaction of all these pompous left-wing Democrats. They are losing their minds over the idea of welcoming approximately 1000 migrants, illegal aliens, asylum seekers, undocumented residents, or whatever you want to call them.
Less than a day or two ago, these same folks were among the harshest critics of Trump’s efforts to secure the border and return to the days of LEGAL immigration. Just a day or two ago, these migrants were the most harmless of people – merely seeking refuge from the horrible conditions in their native lands.
Not so today. Palm Beach County Mayor Mack Bernard appeared on CNN to complain about the decision by Homeland Security to relocate migrants in South Florida – specifically in his county. When the CNN reporter suggested that it was because Palm Beach was a sanctuary community, Bernard had to explain that it was not – resulting in an unforced error on the reporter’s preconceived anti-Trump narrative.
The Democrat mayor said our immigration system is broken and that has resulted in a national “immigration crisis.” He believes that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is going to have to … get ready for this … declare an emergency. Did the good mayor not get the memo from Democrats in Washington – that Trump’s declaration of a national emergency was creating an artificial crisis, a faux national emergency?
Bernard said that the federal government had to fix it because immigration is not a local issue. Immigration is always a local issue because those millions of migrants have to go to some local community. In the best NIMBY (not in my back yard) tradition, the Palm Beach mayor thinks it is not a local problem unless it comes to his local community.
Bernard accused Trump of sending “his problem” to Palm Beach County. But it is not Trump’s problem. That ownership belongs to the Democrats who are doing nothing … nada … to plug the holes in our southern border and to address the loopholes and abuses built into our current immigration laws.
Barnard repeatedly expressed his concern over the lack of vetting – something Democrats have not been concerned about with those crossing our southern border or those migrating from nations with terrorist histories. “We do not know who these people are,” complained Bernard. He specifically noted that they could have health issues. He was concerned about the impact on the local schools. He believed that these folks would need welfare and country services.
While Bernard views this as a huge crisis, he is only confronted with a teeny-weeny portion of the HUGE national problem. He will be dealing with approximately 12,000 migrants annually compared to the 12 million expected to flow into the country in 2019. Based on those numbers, there will be more than 1000 communities across American facing the same size problem.
Barnard said south Florida should not be the drop off point for migrants because Florida is not a border state. Actually, it is. It may not have a land connection to Mexico, but it is an international point of entry. In fact, tens of thousands of migrants have arrived in Florida over the years by water – legally and illegally. Truth be known, Florida has the longest coastline border of the mainland American states. (If that qualification piqued your curiosity, Alaska has a coastline about four times longer … but I digress.)
As the elected mayor of Palm Beach County (referred to has County Board President in many other counties), Bernard represents the people who elected him – mostly Democrats. And he does represent them well. Those Trump-hating Democrats are as upset as he is. Of course, they aim their anger at Trump for sending the migrants to their community, but they must know that it is their political compatriots in Congress that are the reason.
After all, these migrants have to go someplace, so why should south Florida be exempt? The plan actually makes some sense. Florida has a year-round warm climate, like the migrant’s native countries. This is a region of the country where there is already a lot of Hispanic culture, influence and language.
As a resident of Palm Beach County, I have no problem with the federal government sending these folks to south Florida. Since the Democrats, who dominate this county, have long supported the opposition to stronger border security and immigration reform, I guess we just have to accept the consequence – even those of us who opposed the Democrat’s open border politics.
Shameless as it may be, I am also getting a kick out of watching a lot of sanctimonious Democrats hypocritically squirm. It is a form of natural justice. Ha, ha, ha, ha.
So, there ‘tis.