Virtually every top administration official -- the president, the vice president, the secretary of Homeland Security -- is saying that we are facing a humanitarian crisis, a criminal immigrant crisis and a national security emergency at the southern border.
Yet virtually the entire left-wing establishment -- the media, progressive leaders in Congress, left-wing judges on the courts -- all deny there is a crisis and are thwarting every option President Trump comes up with to address it, including the one option that experience tells us will work: A wall.
Kudos to Mark Morgan. He led the Border Patrol under Barack Obama and has the courage to say what no one on the left will: Walls work! The San Diego border wall reduced illegal immigration by more than 90%.
It is beyond ludicrous that we are even having this debate!
There is a lot President Trump could say on this topic during his prime time address to the nation this evening. Vice President Mike Pence told CBS News that the president will "be laying out the facts to the American people of what is a genuine humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border."
But since Trump will reportedly speak for approximately eight minutes, there is a lot he may not cover.
For example, one aspect of the border debate that the media refuses to discuss is the issue of criminal illegal aliens. Last year alone, ICE arrested nearly 160,000 illegal aliens.
More than 1,600 had homicide convictions.
Nearly 1,300 had convictions for kidnapping.
More than 3,700 had been convicted of sexual assault.
Another 55,000 had convictions for dangerous drug offenses.
We also know that drug cartels, in addition to poisoning our cities, are working with radical Islamic terrorists.
All this begs the question: What more has to happen before the left-wing establishment admits that we are facing a border emergency?
Beyond The Border
The problems of illegal immigration and mass migration extend well beyond border communities and deep into the interior of the country. There are tremendous costs imposed on taxpayers everywhere.
Because left-wing judges have ordered asylum seekers to be released pending their court hearings, thousands of people are coming in and are then released into various communities.
During the Obama years, many unaccompanied minors were transported to New York. One result was a huge explosion in MS-13 gang-related violence.
Many children of illegal immigrants do not speak English, meaning they are far more expensive to educate.
Your health care is affected when local emergency rooms are packed with illegal immigrants, adding billions of dollars to the cost of health care every year.
Right now, we're told that many migrants in the Latin American caravans are women and children just looking for a better life. Many will be accessing welfare benefits that you pay for.
New data from the Census Bureau find that "63% of noncitizen-headed households got some form of welfare benefit in 2014, compared with 35% for citizens."
Last night, we got stories on the network news about how some Americans had to wait in line due to the government shutdown. Notice the selectivity.
The media want you to know that if you were inconvenienced at the airport it is because Donald Trump shut down the government.
But if you are waiting hours in the emergency room, no one in the media will say it is due to illegal immigrants straining our health care system.
If your state or county is raising your taxes, no one in the media will say it is partly due to illegal immigrants accessing public benefits.
It was breathtaking yesterday watching the newly elected governor of California declaring that his state will be a "sanctuary to all who seek it." Governor Newsom did not attend Officer Ron Singh's funeral, but he is already inviting more people like Singh's murderer to walk into California.
Let's be clear about why the government shutdown continues to drag on: Congressional liberals are refusing to negotiate. Referring to his weekend meetings with Democrat leadership aides, Vice President Mike Pence yesterday told reporters:
"The senior staff for the Democratic leadership . . . simply informed us that there would be no negotiation until the federal government was open. . . their position has been very clear that they refuse to negotiate until the federal government opens."
But there's more. It seems Chuck Schumer doesn't want the Senate to do anything at all.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to vote on a package of pro-Israel bills, but Senate liberals are vowing to filibuster them and everything else until the government re-opens.
Once again, the left is demonstrating its commitment to the radical open borders agenda. If liberal politicians are serious about opening the government, all they have to do is secure the border. But as the vice president noted, they refuse to even consider it. They would rather keep the borders open than keep the government open.
Ginsburg Absent Again
For the first time in 25 years, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg yesterday missed oral arguments at the Supreme Court. She is absent again today as she recovers from recent cancer surgery.
The Daily Caller reports that "quiet preparations are underway" at the White House in the event that President Trump is required to fill a third Supreme Court vacancy, which would be an incredible opportunity for a first-term president.
In yesterday's report we told you about the "false flag" operation run by left-wing activists against Judge Roy Moore in the 2017 Alabama Senate race. There is more to the story.
The New York Times reports that a second disinformation campaign was launched that aimed to convince voters Moore's election would result in a "Dry Alabama" or a return to Prohibition-era bans on alcohol.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is now demanding an investigation by federal elections officials of these left-wing dirty tricks.