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HORIST: Immigration crisis hits South Florida … and Democrats are upset

HORIST: Immigration crisis hits South Florida … and Democrats are upset

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.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. DrAnalog

    It does serve these pompous asses right.

  2. Yadja

    D’Santis said NO and they are NOT coming. Homeland Security is breaking our Federal Immigration laws that clearly state, no busing in of illegals, no jobs, no help, no aid or the party doing it can be fined and even jailed. So these people need to go to the over 800 Detention centers near railroad tracks and air fields built under Obama’s HR 645? Why would you let illegals who have nothing , don’t speak the language, can’t take care of themselves onto the counties and the states?

    Taxing our already taxed medical and housing etc. ? For everyone who gets to claim asylum send one of the millions here illegally back. Empty our prisons of them. Our towns. Enforce the laws on the books and punish all those business in Florida and everywhere hiring them. Palatka, Florida filled with illegals. Just send ICE outside any Walmart and pick them up along with their five children, all illegal all on food stamps and benefits, which they should not be getting.

    Stop this insanity.

    • UNIQUE

      VOTE REPUBLICAN IN 2020………………

    • mark archibald


  3. Katee

    If they haven’t learned long before now not to be stupid as hell and block everything that is good, then they deserve exactly what they are getting!

  4. Phil in TX

    Great comment, Larry! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how the liberals are squirming in South Florida.

    Phil in TX

  5. MAGA

    I don’t think we should be sending illegals anyplace, drive them west to the CA border and dump them back in to Mexico where they entered from. This includes all, men, women, and children., it’s time that these parents take responsibility for their own kids, they had no problem breeding and having them. Screw the broken down immigration laws that the Dems and Liberal judges altered as bleeding hearts. We have laws on the books that say aliens are illegal, they broke the law entering. Put more military personal on the border and use force to keep the money sucking and uneducated trash out. The left wing politicians ,immigration attorneys, advocates, church groups, civil rights groups, can all stick the issue up their asses! Aliens have no rights, and they should not have any! Who is supposed to pay for all shit…. screw the hard working tax payer again, already spending over 300 billion a year giving non-Americans : housing, welfare, education, medical, soc. Sec., and any other program f… govt officials can dream up. We can’t even take care of our own homeless and veterans , how dam ironic!
    To Dems- what a way to gain votes, dam assholes putting all of America at risk by blocking building the wall and immediate immigration reform policies. To all voters, is: baby killing, drug trafficking, gangs, murders, violence, rapists, diseases, unskilled laborers, lifetime reliever of public benefits, terrorists, ……. ok. If you say yes, then I hope you willing to work until your 80 to pay illegal aliens. Your going to have to since it’s going to bankrupt our govt support services! I MMhope the next rape or murder from allowing pieces if shit in happens in your family , it might open your eyes!
    Mexico Citizens would scream like hell, they are sick of the aliens now, let them put pressure on their govt to stop the traveling at their Southern Border.

  6. RC

    Though I don’t know offhand what or where they are, I feel the illegals should be moved to states that have sanctuary cities. I live in he southwest. We have some large desert areas where by using prison labor large compounds could be built way out in the boondocks. Why not build the compounds and heard the illegals into them until they can be sent home? By that, I don’t mean they should be treated poorly. Have decent but basic living conditions. That probably wouldn’t cost the fortunes that are being spent on them now.

  7. Steve E

    2 immigrants to each Democratic household.

  8. Bruce Cain

    Cute and stupid at the same time. I find it interesting that the media has censored the truth: that our own government (USAID) is actually organizing and financing this invasion both directly and by diverting our tax dollars to Soros. And unless Trump rounds up — and deports — everyone of these invaders he will not get my vote. WE THE PEOPLE are getting played big time.

  9. Dennis

    I love it- I am still smiling from ear to ear!! Could not happen to a “finer” mayor!!

  10. mark archibald

    Your raging hypocrisy, it’s over nine thousand!!!!!!