Port: Wouldn’t it be nice if political leaders respected both immigrants and the need for border security?

MINOT, N.D. — The largely unserious demagogues who, at least nominally, are our leaders at the national level have been locked in a bit of political theater over illegal immigration.

Border states with Republican leadership like Texas, Arizona, and Florida, the loci of our struggles with illegal immigration, have begun ostentatiously shipping illegal immigrants from their communities to liberal enclaves like New York and Martha’s Vineyard.

In doing so, these Republican leaders have been calling the liberals on their “sanctuary cities” bluff. Turns out, when illegal immigrants turn up en masse, as they do in communities along the border, our liberal friends are less sanguine about the situation.

There was a big show of volunteerism in the liberal communities, but that’s an easy thing to do when the crisis has lasted merely days, as opposed to the decades citizens in places like El Paso and Yuma have had to deal with the fallout from lax border enforcement.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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