Trump dons pres­i­den­tial per­son­al­ity for a wor­thy cause

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— Don­ald Trump can look like a pres­i­dent. He can act like a pres­i­dent. He can talk like a pres­i­dent. He proved as much in his Tuesday night TV speech on get­ting $5.7 bil­lion for a more se­cure bor­der, and you wanted to say to him, thank you, thank you and please never wear that clown cos­tume again.

Sadly, Demo­cratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Chuck Schumer gave a fist-in-the-face re­sponse to a speech that Trump did not give. Some of the fact check­ers failed to check what world they live in. And the holier-than-thou me­dia crowd at such places as the New Yorker mag­a­zine dis­cov­ered hate where sym­pa­thy was pour­ing out about ev­ery other sen­tence.

First, let’s note that Pelosi pum­meled Trump for par­tial govern­ment shut­down ma­neu­vers that she has tried hard to outdo. Then she said he was not fac­ing up to hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sues. She said Trump aimed to waste money on an in­ef­fec­tive wall when he ought to turn in­stead to tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion. Schumer, more aptly de­scrib­ing him­self than Trump, said the pres­i­dent had pounded on the ta­ble.

In fact, in a soft voice and with a mild man­ner, Trump did ad­dress hu­man­i­tar­ian con­cerns, such as the thou­sands of chil­dren brought into the United States by hu­man traf­fick­ers of­ten to be used as pros­ti­tutes or in other com­mer­cial sex ven­tures. On the trip to Amer­ica, up to six out of ev­ery 10 women are raped, ac­cord­ing to Amnesty In­ter­na­tional. Car­a­vans help pre­vent this, it’s said, but that does not mean the prob­lem is gone.

A whole slew of il­le­gal drugs come across the bor­der and fact check­ers said lots of them came from other places as well. But they did not deny Trump was right in say­ing that 90 per­cent of heroin comes across the bor­der, killing 300 a week. The ad­min­is­tra­tion plans to use im­proved tech­nol­ogy to de­tect the heroin pass­ing through ports of en­try.

Some peo­ple have been fu­ri­ous that Trump keeps bring­ing up the MS-13 gang, an out­fit that hacks in­no­cent young fel­low His­pan­ics to death with ma­chetes, as if it were a bor­der is­sue. It is. As ICE re­ports, a num­ber of MS13 mem­bers are il­le­gal im­mi­grants, and bet­ter se­cu­rity would save lives.

It’s the case, too, that over the past two years ICE of­fi­cers ar­rested il­le­gal aliens who had been charged or con­victed of as­sault (about 100,000), sex crimes (30,000) and vi­o­lent killings (4,000). A higher per­cent­age of na­tives than il­le­gal im­mi­grants com­mit se­ri­ous crimes, it’s said, but that hardly means it is not a worry as still more Amer­i­cans die.

Pelosi, poor Pelosi, is wrong that walls are in­ef­fec­tive. They are highly ef­fec­tive, and, at any rate, what Trump wants in ad­di­tion to 654 miles of very spe­cial walls and fences is new tech­nol­ogy, more per­son­nel op­er­at­ing with im­proved tech­niques and bet­ter meth­ods of catch­ing peo­ple who have over­stayed their visas. He wants a change in laws that let il­le­gally ar­rived en­trants dis­ap­pear when they can­not be im­me­di­ately ad­ju­di­cated, which is all the time.

Un­der the law, by the way, a refugee is some­one in a per­se­cuted group, not just some­one who is poor and des­per­ate.

Crit­ics say there is no cri­sis, but un­der­stand that we al­ready have about 400,000 im­mi­grants caught at the bor­der a year and that we still have a pa­thet­i­cally weak se­cu­rity sys­tem along with 150 mil­lion peo­ple say­ing they’d like to come here. Yes, as keeps be­ing said, we are a na­tion of im­mi­grants, but we are also a na­tion of laws, and lax­ity about what’s il­le­gal is detri­men­tal to our sys­tem of gov­er­nance; in this in­stance it also kills and in­vites mul­ti­tudes we can­not ac­com­mo­date. If we can’t even come up with what is a smidgen of money rel­a­tive to a $4 tril­lion bud­get for a project that might pay for it­self, some­thing worse than ab­sur­dity is afoot.

Pres­i­dent Trump, who will likely fail to re­main pres­i­den­tial Trump, is ba­si­cally right on this is­sue, even if he keeps han­dling it in some of the worst ways imag­in­able.

WASH­ING­TON

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