by George Rasley. CHQ Editor
That didn’t take long.
Mandy Mayfield, reporting for our friends at the Washington Examiner, says that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi ripped President Trump on Twitter Thursday for “pointlessly” sending troops to the border instead of working with Democrats on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Mayfield reported the California Democrat wrote: “@realDonaldTrump is using every cynical political trick in the book to ignite anti-immigrant fervor. Needlessly militarizing our southern border won’t make Americans more safe – it’s just another political calculation.
“Instead of wasting resources on pointlessly sending troops to our border, @realDonaldTrump should work with Democrats to pass the DREAM Act & #ProtectDREAMers,” Pelosi added.
Oregon’s Far-Left Democratic Governor Kate Brown, not to be outdone, tweeted:
If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no. As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border.
And later, when we guess no one at the White House paid attention to the first tweet:
There’s been no outreach by the President or federal officials, and I have no intention of allowing Oregon’s guard troops to be used to distract from his troubles in Washington.
Heather Roberts of Oregon’s KBND radio reports Oregon’s Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley quickly piled on to announce he, too, was opposed to sending troops to the border. Speaking at a townhall in the town of Sisters, Oregon Roberts reports Merkley said, “We have increased our border security enormously over the past 10 years. Before, when we’ve had the conversations about the National Guard and so forth, they have said that that is not something they are trained for; it’s not a mission that’s appropriate for them. So, I think it’s probably not the best idea.”
It is understandable that Oregon Democrats, not being on the front line of the illegal alien invasion might feel they can get away with such sentiments, but how about Arizona, where illegal immigration has been on the front burner of the state’s politics for twenty-years?
A tweet from CNN announced that Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7) was also opposed to using National Guard troops to defend the border:
“I will gladly work with the President when his ideas aren’t stupid and detrimental to the United States,” says Rep. Ruben Gallego on his opposition to Trump sending troops to the Mexican border https://cnn.it/2uOgxQn
“Unfortunately this is what this plan is,” Gellego added, according to reporting by The Washington Examiner’s Tristan Justice. “It was not planned out … This is a failing presidency, their ideas are failing. So now they’re just throwing essentially red meat at their base by sending troops to the border.”
Gallego spoke the day after Trump signed an order directing the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security to deploy the National Guard to the southwest border to work with border patrol to prevent illegal crossing.
Likewise, the Albuquerque Journal’s Michael Coleman reports Sen. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the proposal to use the military on the border shows that Trump is “grossly out of touch with the reality of our experiences in New Mexico.”
“He should spend less time watching Fox News and more time listening to the people who actually live and work in communities on the border about what their needs are,” Heinrich said. “I guarantee the answer is not wasting billions in taxpayer dollars to militarize their neighborhoods.”
According to Washington’s WTOP radio, Democrats opposing the President’s decision to send troops to the border “think it can help them reach minorities, young people and suburban moderates repelled by Trump’s strident anti-immigrant stances…”
As a result, Democrats are using the issue to emphasize inclusivity and are targeting border regions, suburbs and areas with immigrant populations.
“Immigration is one of those cultural touchstone issues” that shows Democrats are ready to “stand up to Trump,” said Mike Lux, a liberal Democratic consultant quoted by WTOP.
Interestingly, the biggest player on the Democratic side, California’s “sanctuary state’ Governor Jerry Brown has been more circumspect.
According to Noah Bierman and Brian Bennett reporting for the Tribune News Service, California Gov. Jerry Brown, heard from Nielsen about the issue for the first time on Wednesday. Without key details — including the number of troops, the duration of their deployment and the cost — the Democratic governor was unwilling to commit to the effort, Brown’s spokesman said.
The administration’s request “will be promptly reviewed to determine how best we can assist our federal partners,” California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Keegan said in a statement.
Democrats opposing the President’s decision to send troops to the border have figured out the politics of sending troops to the border from the liberal perspective and “think it can help them reach minorities, young people and suburban moderates repelled by Trump’s strident anti-immigrant stances…”
Conservative voters are watching for the Republican response to the illegal alien “caravan,” and one that reflects the invisibility of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell or the business as usual attitude of Republicans like Florida’s Rep. Francis Rooney will guarantee a GOP debacle in the midterms.
This is the golden hour for the Republican Party, and their vigor in assisting the President in repelling the pending illegal alien invasion will tell every voter in America who they are and where they stand on preserving American sovereignty and exceptionalism. The illegal alien “caravan” is moving inexorably northward, and the day of reckoning will come when it hits the border.
The toll-free Capitol Switchboard is (1-866-220-0044) we urge CHQ readers and friends to call their Representative and Senators today to urge them to support President Trump’s plans to send American troops to our southern border to repel the illegal alien “caravan.”
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George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie’s ConservativeHQ.com is a veteran of over 300 political campaigns. A member of American MENSA, he served on the staff of Vice President Dan Quayle, as Director of Policy and Communication for Congressman Adam Putnam (FL-12) then Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and as spokesman for Rep. Mac Thornberry now-Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.