Jorge Ramos, an immigration activist masquerading as a journalist, wrote an essay this week expressing his disappointment in Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz for turning their backs on the Hispanic community. According to Ramos (who, if he was being honest, would admit that he would never vote for a Republican presidential candidate regardless of their ethnic background or immigration policies), Cruz and Rubio “had a chance to be our community’s heroes, but instead they decided they wanted to be like the villain.”
The villain, as you may have guessed, being Donald Trump. About Trump, Ramos says:
It used to be that any presidential candidate would have been disqualified for denigrating women, labeling an ethnic group as criminals or discriminating against a particular faith. But not today.
Well, let’s unpack that knapsack, as liberal academics like to say. These idiots keep misrepresenting Trump and it’s important to correct them when they do. Trump has never denigrated “women.” He has denigrated “some women.” Just as he has denigrated “some men.” Secondly, he has never labeled an ethnic group as criminals. He labeled some illegal immigrants as criminals, an assertion that easily passes even the most biased fact check. Ramos is closer to the mark on the last point – you could fairly say that Trump is “discriminating” against Muslim immigrants, but on the other hand, the Obama administration has spent the last eight years discriminating against Christians. If it’s a choice between the two, we’ll go with Trump every time.
All right, back to Ramos’s point, which seems to be that Cruz and Rubio would have done better if they’d been advocates for immigration reform.
“Both Rubio and Cruz broke with a long, noble tradition among Hispanic politicians, no matter their party affiliation: Always defend the most vulnerable population in this country: the undocumented,” Ramos writes.
For anyone who wants to clear the Republican Party clean of politicians who put the needs of non-citizens ahead of citizens, this is a pretty good tradition to break. As this year’s primaries proved conclusively, conservatives are growing increasingly suspicious of so-called immigration reform. Not everyone wants mass deportations, but it’s clear that we need to at least plug the dike.
“I hardly recognize America these days,” Ramos writes. “The same country that was built by immigrants is on the verge of handing the Republican presidential nomination to Donald Trump, who wants to deport 11 million immigrants within two years. This doesn’t seem like the same nation that welcomed me over 30 years ago, and so many other immigrants since then.”
Activists like Ramos will never, ever admit there’s a distinction between legal and illegal immigrants. To them, the difference amounts to nothing more than paperwork. They don’t seem to understand that this hardline, extremist approach is one of the biggest obstacles to solving the immigration crisis. When President Obama is too far to the right of your position, you know you’ve left the reservation. And no Republican – Hispanic or otherwise – should feel the slightest pressure to follow.