Bush, Ka­sich seal their fates by pan­der­ing to il­le­gals

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - BY CHARLES HURT

MIL­WAU­KEE s if Jeb Bush’s cam­paign were not al­ready fin­ished, the can­di­date drilled sev­eral ad­di­tional screws into his own cof­fin dur­ing Tues­day night’s de­bate.

“Even hav­ing this con­ver­sa­tion sends a pow­er­ful sig­nal,” he whined as real es­tate mogul and pres­i­den­tial front-run­ner Don­ald Trump tan­gled with the Demo­cratic wing of the Repub­li­can Party over the in­san­ity of al­low­ing 12 mil­lion il­le­gal aliens to roam free in the United States with­out the slight­est con­cern that our coun­try’s laws might just ap­ply to them.

Out­side the de­bate hall, pro­test­ers beat drums and screamed for amnesty. One man with a bull­horn kept re­peat­ing that jus­tice is not pos­si­ble in Amer­ica. Ev­ery third time or so, he ac­cused Mr. Trump of be­ing a racist for vow­ing to en­force U.S. im­mi­gra­tion laws. No word on whether he was a plant, paid for by the Bush cam­paign.

On stage in­side the de­bate hall, Mr. Trump stuck to his guns and said im­mi­gra­tion leg­is­la­tion passed by Democrats and Repub­li­cans in Congress and ap­proved by pres­i­dents from both par­ties should sim­ply be en­forced. That is all he is say­ing.

Yet Mr. Bush not only thinks th­ese

Alaws should be sum­mar­ily dis­missed, but he also said dur­ing the de­bate that even hav­ing a dis­cus­sion about en­forc­ing our im­mi­gra­tion laws is a ter­ri­ble thing. We should dis­miss th­ese laws, and there should not even be a de­bate about it.

“They’re do­ing high-fives in the Clin­ton cam­paign right now when they hear this,” Mr. Bush said.

Wow. Truly as­ton­ish­ing. Not only does Mr. Bush not be­long in the White House or the Repub­li­can Party, but he should also be de­ported. Per­haps to Mex­ico, where he might be hap­pier and find greater suc­cess in pol­i­tics.

As­ton­ish­ingly, Mr. Bush was not alone on the Repub­li­can stage. “Think about the fam­i­lies,” cried Ohio Gov. John Ka­sich. “C’mon, folks!”

Th­ese peo­ple really have no clue how des­per­ately frus­trated and es­tranged Amer­i­can vot­ers in both par­ties are over this is­sue of ram­pant il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and Wash­ing­ton’s ab­so­lute re­fusal to take sim­ple, com­mon-sense mea­sures to fix the prob­lem.

John Ka­sich should be de­ported right be­hind Jeb Bush.

Luck­ily, the re­main­ing se­ri­ous con­tenders on the stage — and even the less-se­ri­ous con­tenders on the ear­lier de­bate stage — do not share Mr. Bush’s and Mr. Ka­sich’s reck­less and lawless plot to evis­cer­ate Amer­i­can sovereignty by grant­ing amnesty to mil­lions of il­le­gals.

“If Repub­li­cans join Democrats as the party of amnesty, we will lose,” Sen. Ted Cruz coun­tered dur­ing the de­bate. “It is not com­pas­sion­ate to say we’re not go­ing to en­force the laws, and we’re go­ing to drive down the wages for mil­lions of hard­work­ing men and women.” Maybe think about THOSE fam­i­lies.

Charles Hurt can be reached at charleshurt@live.com and on Twit­ter via @charleshurt.

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