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Pro-Drug War Texas Congressman Tells Donald Trump to Shove the Border Wall 'Up His Ass'

Says he agrees with Trump on fighting drug cartels and deporting felons

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The more fevered the left's rhetoric against Donald Trump, the likelier it is that that rhetoric is a symptom of the left's own failures and culpability in his rise.

Texas Rep. Filomen Vela, a Democrat, wrote an open letter to Donald Trump criticizing him for his racist rhetoric against Hispanics. Vela, who ends the letter by telling Trump to "take your border wall and shove it up your ass," starts off by agreeing with Trump. He says Trump is right that the U.S. government has "largely failed our veterans," as well as on specific issues of immigration. Vela, who represents a border district, said he believed that "the Mexican government and our own State Department must be much more aggressive in addressing cartel violence and corruption in Mexico, especially in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas."

"And clearly, criminal felons who are here illegally should be immediately deported," Vela added. "There might even be a few other things on which we can agree."

Vela attacks Trump's rhetoric but has supported the policies out of which that rhetoric springs. His opposition to border fences isn't rooted in support of open borders. Instead, he argues border fences aren't effective at stemming the flow of illegal immigration. Instead, he says only "high-paying jobs" can "stem the flow immigration."

In fact, Vela resigned from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus over this, and specifically their support for the 2013 compromise Senate bill on immigration. That compromise bill was torpedoed by anti-immigration Republicans in the House, but as Vela's opposition to the same bill shows, they weren't the only ones. "Only by helping our Mexican partner with resources to fight drug cartels and fostering border trade will we stem the tide of illegal immigration," Vela insisted at the time.

This kind of position buys into the once popular and still existent sentiment on the left (shared with anti-immigration conservatives) that immigrants are somehow "stealing" jobs by emigrating to America for better opportunities and more freedom. Vela is also a proponent of the drug war. In addition to his fixation on drug cartels in the immigration issue, last year he voted against an amendment, which failed by a 16 vote margin, which would bar federal interference with states that have legalized marijuana.

Democrats have been poor on immigration under the Obama administration and before it. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate and independent Vermont senator that caucuses with Democrats, is still proud of joining other Democrats in torpedoing the 2007 immigration reform effort.

He voted against the bill, he said at a town hall meeting on immigration in California, "because the AFL-CIO, the largest trade union in America representing over 12 million workers, said that it was 'far from the kind of comprehensive immigration reform that would improve the status quo for either U.S.-born or immigrant workers or their families' and was 'likely to make matters much worse."

Barack Obama opposed that bill, which would have offered a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally, because of its guest worker program and the merit-based green card system. As president, Obama has proposed merit-based systems for immigration, looking for the world's "best and brightest."

The 2007 bill would've normalized immigrants in the country illegally—given undocumented immigrants documents—but was scuttled over partisan concerns. Rhetoric about how important immigration is today as a human rights issue is empty given Democrats history then and their lack of an effort in 2009 and 2010 to pass any kind of immigration reform when they controlled both houses of Congress and the White House. Instead, President Obama waited until his second term, acting largely unilaterally and contributing to the precedence of the imperial presidency that makes the authoritarian Trump (and Clinton for that matter) such a dangerous candidate.

Read Vela's whole letter here.

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  1. Aw, man. They gerrymandered him up a real nice district. I especially like that little taint of area connecting to two big chunks.

    1. Wow. That’s a beauty. My personal favorite.

      1. It looks like a waterways map.

      2. I’m a particular fan of my own district, which wasn’t even contiguous until this year.

      3. The current Illinois’ 1st, 2nd, and 4th districts are real doozies.

        The prior (2003-2013) 4th and 17th districts were just as egregious.

        1. The old 17th district looked like two crocodiles conjoined at the tail….

      4. What’s Florida’s 5th, chopped liver?

        http://touch.orlandosentinel.c…..-84155451/

    2. Ahem.

      Only Republicans gerrymander. Democrats are simply making sure minorities are properly represented.

      1. The black caucus has spent years making sure there were majority-minority districts to insure black representation in congress. The cost was to give republicans a majority in congress, but that’s a trivial cost to pay to have black faces on the floor of the House.

  2. His opposition to border fences isn’t rooted in support of open borders. Instead, he argues border fences aren’t effective at stemming the flow of illegal immigration.

    This isn’t a great argument.
    If you want open borders, there are plenty of arguments to make.
    Saying that walls don’t keep people out, in the face of thousands of years of precedent suggesting the contrary, is moronic.

    1. But… he doesn’t want open borders.

      1. Yeah, I should’ve clarified that the argument that walls don’t work is dumb in a broader sense, regardless of why you’re arguing against it.

      2. He wants border open enough so that trillions more can be spent on Border Patrol Agents.

    2. “Saying that walls don’t keep people out, in the face of thousands of years of precedent suggesting the contrary, is moronic.”

      Yeah that Ming wall sure kept the Mongols out!!

    3. Walls, even knee-high ones (like Hadrian’s) are great at keeping out invading armies. Only the multi-story ones with guns and barbed wire have been enough to put a crimp in im/emmigration.

      A question that is not asked often enough is; are the costs of that wall *less* than the costs of the thing its there to stop? Something both sides of the issue should be asking themselves.

    4. Re: Arbitrary wavefunction,

      Saying that walls don’t keep people out, in the face of thousands of years of precedent suggesting the contrary, is moronic.

      The biggest problem with walls purporting to keep people out is that they only keep people out if there is someone in the parapet looking over. Since people don’t perform such tedious work on the cheap, then your ‘wall’ becomes a VERY expensive proposition very quickly unless you merely leave it as a fence. This is what the Congressman is talking about.

  3. Pro-Drug War Texas Congressman

    i misuse hyphens constantly myself. as well as lots of other kinds of punctuation

    but what’s the rule/best-practice here?… when you’re using a compound term like “Drug War” in a sentence?

    because the above reads like the congressman is “Pro Drug”… in a texas that’s at war with …something.

    I would go, “Pro-Drug-War Texas Congressman”, but i’m not sure double-hyphenation is strictly editorial-english. (*see? i can’t help myself)

    If it were me i’d skip the mess and go with “Texas Drug-Warrior Congressman…” for readability

    1. Shitheel Texas Congressman

      1. Shatheel is a popular girls name in Bangladesh.

    2. GILMORE?, you can take your hyphenation-Nazism and shove it up your ass.

    3. Pro-Drug-War is clearer. I did initially think the guy was ‘pro-drugs.’

    4. Pro Drug-War is how I would write it.

  4. Pro-Drug War Texas Congressman Tells Donald Trump to Shove the Border Wall ‘Up His Ass’
    Says he agrees with Trump on fighting drug cartels and deporting felons

    Then he’s a double-pandering idiot.

    The only way you will be able to stop influx of drugs into the country is by using the same methods that will be necessary to stop immigration – wall, guns, mandatory ID, and no search protections.

  5. Instead, he says only “high-paying jobs” can “stem the flow immigration.”

    Huh? If the narrative is that they come here and “TAKE R JERBZ” then wouldn’t higher paying jobs be an even bigger magnet for them, if everything else stays the same?

    Barack Obama opposed that bill, which would have offered a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally, because of its guest worker program and the merit-based green card system it was proposed by a president with an R after his name. As president, Obama has proposed merit-based systems for immigration, looking for the world’s “best and brightest.”

    FTFY. And surely you’re not suggesting that the God-King is a hypocrite?

  6. Democrats have been poor on immigration under the Obama administration and before it.

    That’s because Demo-rats couldn’t care less about immigrants. Just like with keeping people poor, they want immigration to remain illegal in order to play this farce that they’re here to help the little guy.

    The ONLY way to fix the immigration problem is to make immigration simple and open, so people can come and go as they please, as long as they don’t hurt others or steal their stuff. Mexicans that look for work in the US aren’t really looking to stay. But because increasingly tougher immigration rules and border patrols have made the cost of opportunity of returning to Mexico MUCH higher, they are compelled to stay, bring their families over, etc. The Republicans don’t want to make this case, even if rational, because the economically-illiterate and knuckle-dragging xenophobes will not stand for it. And like I argue, the Democrats don’t want legal immigration.

    1. Like a lot of our problems – they’re self-inflicted.

      Most of the problems with drug use go away if you end prohibition.

      Most of the problems with illegal immigration go away if its easy to do legally.

  7. Prohibitionist parasites like Filomen Vela are a wholly malignant scourge of absolute scoundrels who are literally strangling the Constitution and starving Freedom to death. And until the Freedom and Constitution of our once proud and prosperous nation is secured these same prohibitionist parasites, with their promotion of organized crime, murder, terrorism, corruption, and economic recession, and who carry with them a disease far fouler than Old Testament leprosy, shall be hunted down removed from public life and punished accordingly.

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