MS-13 proves it should be taken se­ri­ously

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion - BY JAY AM­BROSE Jay Am­brose is an op-ed colum­nist for Tri­bune News Ser­vice. Read­ers may email him at speak­to­[email protected]

MS-13 is a boogey­man used by the ly­ing, racist Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to scare peo­ple about il­le­gal cross­ings at the south­ern bor­der and don’t lis­ten to him — or so say left­ist politi­cians, let’s-pre­tend jour­nal­ists and puz­zling pro­fes­sors.

At least these peo­ple do not grab you, slice you to death with their ma­chetes, bang your head with base­ball bats or, as in one re­cent in­ci­dent, carve out your heart. That’s what hap­pened in Cal­i­for­nia,

and 19 of the 22 MS-13 gang mem­bers ac­cused of this bar­barism crossed the south­ern bor­der il­le­gally in re­cent years. While you may agree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that walls are evil, the term is more nearly ap­pli­ca­ble to freak-show pol­i­tics.

What we have here is a threat of the left, not just in re­cent bor­der inani­ties, but in an­tifa ac­tivists whose masks scarcely hid their bru­tal­ity when they re­cently beat a con­ser­va­tive jour­nal­ist un­til his brain bled. Then one an­tifa loy­al­ist tried to blow up a de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity be­cause it was run by ICE.

The bor­der ar­gu­ment is do-for-oth­ers vs. don’t-do­for-oth­ers.

It is do­ing for oth­ers to stop treach­er­ous desert treks by Cen­tral Amer­i­cans that some­times end in death. It is do­ing for oth­ers to de­velop a co­her­ent sys­tem that can ac­tu­ally fig­ure out who asy­lum seek­ers are be­fore let­ting them loose in Amer­ica. It is do­ing for oth­ers to de­ter­mine whether the adult with a child is a par­ent or hu­man traf­ficker plot­ting her sex­ual ca­reer.

It is not do­ing for oth­ers to say come one and all with es­sen­tially open bor­ders and a dread of de­port­ing peo­ple al­ready found askew of the law. It is not do­ing for oth­ers to be­lit­tle ICE, which pro­tects us while sanc­tu­ary cities en­dan­ger us with the ex­cuse that if you en­force the law it makes it harder to en­force the law. Democrats share the blame for what these MS-13 crim­i­nals did and should at least visit the grave­yards of their vic­tims.

I am sick and tired of left­ists calling ev­ery­one a racist who happens to be a white Amer­i­can, and wish I did not have to en­dure the big­otry of many of them to­ward Chris­tians, the rich (ex­cept for them­selves), con­ser­va­tives, corporate chiefs and ma­jor chunks of the white work­ing class.

Ob­vi­ously, there are bad con­ser­va­tives and what does it mat­ter that Trump helped build a great econ­omy es­pe­cially ben­e­fit­ting black Amer­i­cans and women? Af­ter all, Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates mostly want less liberty in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate so­cial­is­tic prac­tices re­duc­ing the hu­man soul as much as it does the econ­omy, if there is still such a thing left af­ter the Green New Deal.

Yes, Repub­li­cans and Trump have is­sues, but they are not alone.

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