Newt Gingrich said on Fox News that Democrats are acting with "remarkable hypocrisy" in their criticisms of the Trump administration "zero tolerance" policy for immigration law violators. This came in wake of an executive order that President Donald Trump signed on Wednesday that allows illegal alien minors to remain with their parents, thus halting what his critics have regarded as the undue separation of children from their parents at detention facilities on the southwestern border of the United States.
Leaders among congressional Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), after days of controversy over the issue, slammed the executive order, which they claim allows illegal immigrants to be detained indefinitely. Speaking on "Fox & Friends," Gngrich reflected, "The very Democrats who wanted him to act came back immediately and didn't like the fact that he acted." Gingrich argued that Trump had acted equitably in securing the border while keeping families together. "The Democrats want to use the children as an excuse to go to an open border where tens of millions of people could flood into the U.S.," Gingrich said. The former Speaker of the House blamed the Mexican government and narcotics cartels for the recent and "enormous increase" of migrants from Central America.
Gingrich recalled that the Obama administration also had a "zero tolerance policy" regarding illegal immigrants, which cause no uproar among Democrats or media. "There's a certain amount of really remarkable hypocrisy on the left right now, and no indication by the way that Chuck Schumer, for example, the Democratic leader, has any interest in fixing the law to help these children," Gingrich said. This "brutal partisanship," Gingrich said, may cost the Democrats as many as eight seats in the Senate in November's midterm elections.
Gingrich said that when he spoke to Republican members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, some of them expressed fears that if they make a "hard vote" on Republican-sponsored bills that do not satisfy "anti-immigration activists for having anything positive on immigration," even though it may contain funding for Trump's border wall, they risk seeing the Republican-controlled Senate "do nothing." Gingrich said that Republicans in the House fear that they will be "beaten up for achieving nothing." "That's a real problem."
The debate over immigration is "simple," Gingrich said. "Do you believe the United States has a right to have a border that it protects, or do you believe we should have open borders and have 20, 30 or 40 million people come here without any kind of vetting?"
On Wednesday, President Trump said that the United States will be "overrun" if the federal government and his administration are weak with regard to immigration. Then, on Thursday, Trump pointed out that Republican leaders in the Senate change modify the parliamentary rules of the body in order ensure passing immigration legislation that he favors. He tweeted: "What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need nine votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Democrats are looking to obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the mid-terms). Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule. It is killing you!"
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.