Wow! No kidding? If that’s true, it’s time for the Trump administration to hang out the “Mission Accomplished” banner.
The speaker is the (too?) much-in-the-news Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who was a guest on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” Thursday. This time, the purpose of his appearance was not to defend illegals who use fake IDs or to proclaim that the United States is “our country” (in which the antecedent of the possessive pronoun was Latinos).
It was to paint a nightmarish picture in which illegal immigrants were too scared to sneak into the U.S. Here’s the video. (A transcript of the money portion of the interview follows):
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ANDERSON COOPER: Jorge, the massive drop in border apprehensions last month, the customs border protections says 40 percent, it’s down 40 percent, people trying to cross illegally. What do you make of that? Is it possible that the tough talk on illegal immigration by President Trump is working, that he deserves credit for that drop?”
JORGE RAMOS: Let me just say that fear is stronger than any wall. What we are seeing right now is the ‘Trump effect.’”
These people calling their relatives and their friends, saying, “Don’t come here, this is not the right moment.” So I think it is possible. Really no one wants illegal immigration, not even undocumented immigrants. It is very risky for them. It is better to do it in a legal way.
And the other positive thing is that, I think, many Americans, many people who voted for Donald Trump, they really have to understand that there’s no invasion. No one is invading the United States. Mexicans aren’t invading the United States. The undocumented population has remained stable at about 11 million for the last decade. So those are the positive things.
As usual, Ramos gets a couple of points twisted. When he say that “no one wants illegal immigration, not even
undocumented illegal immigrants,” he’s mistaken, as his next statement (“It is very risky for them”) proves. It’s not that illegals don’t want to come here outside of legal channels. Rather, it’s that they don’t want to get caught.
As for there not being an invasion, one might ask whether the number he cites (11 million) constitutes an invasion. For Americans whose jobs are being usurped by illegals — who, granted, are willing to work for less — the influx of illegals is very much an invasion.