President Trump made headlines this week when he announced that elite personnel from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection are being deployed to sanctuary jurisdictions. Their role will be to assist ICE agents in apprehending foreign gang members and other violent criminals.
That fits with the Trump administration’s broader goal of getting a handle on illegal immigration. Judging from comments that he made in 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg would take a different approach when it comes to borders.
He wants to open them up.
The world is more complex than ever before. It is more dangerous than ever before, because of technology and weapons and that sort of thing, and free travel and that sort of thing. But the solution to our problems is more open borders, not closed borders.
Given how Bloomberg acknowledges that we live in a dangerous world, it’s not clear how exactly opening our borders would make us safer.
It’s certainly not the approach that Israel has taken: a Senate report found that completion of Israel’s border wall saw a huge decline in illegal crossings and terrorist attacks. But we don’t have to look at the Middle East to see how much of a danger open borders are.
MS-13 has a simple motto: “rape, control, kill.” The transnational gang is known for disemboweling, decapitating, raping and bludgeoning its victims–both rivals and innocent civilians. Murders are sometimes recorded, with the video sent to a victim’s family. Last year, MS-13 members killed a man in broad daylight on a New York City subway platform:
While the Trump administration has focused on removing gang members, that isn’t easy when deportees can walk back in. Angel Ramos did. The MS-13 member was deported in 2016; a year later, he was on trial for stabbing a woman and running her over with his car. Of course, gangsters aren’t the only ones that a wall would help keep out.
Ramon Alberto Escobar was accused of murdering four victims and attempting to kill four others. Escobar is well known to authorities, with the Salvadoran having previously been deported--six times.
Bonifacio Oseguera-Gonzalez was also deported six times prior to killing three people. Jorge Rios-Doblado caught two deportations before authorities say he raped and strangled a woman. Fraider Diaz-Carbajal confessed to a murder after illegally re-entering the US. Luis Bracamontes was deported twice before he murdered two police officers and wounded an African American motorist (at trial Bracamontes shouted, “Black lives don’t matter!” and “I will kill more!”).
Accused murderer Antonio Vasquez Vargas has eight deportations under his belt. And in 2016, Tomas Martinez-Maldonado was charged with sexually assaulting a 13 year-old after he had been kicked out of the country on nineteen occasions.
After a long legal battle, the Trump administration has finally been allowed to use Pentagon funds for the construction of a border wall. It's also pushing legislation to allow the victims of criminal aliens to sue the cities that shield them. Because like Bloomberg, Trump agrees that the world is dangerous. The difference?
He's doing something about it.
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