Give us your Venezuelans, yearning to breathe free

Fleeing a socialist nation, they’ll vote Republican

Conventional commentary regards the thousands who are illegally crossing America’s southern border as feedstock for the Democratic Party.

The thinking goes: Historically, immigrants have aligned with the Democratic Party, perceived as more welcoming of the tired, poor and huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Thus, the Democratic Biden administration has opened the door on on the southern border, counting on the grateful (illegal) immigrants to give thanks when they vote (illegally).

And yet, the Venezuelans are different. Like the Cubans, the Venezuelans are fleeing an oppressive, socialist government. They know first-hand exactly what it is like to live under the autocratic system that robs you of your liberty and all that goes with it. As the AP reported:

It’s a frequent scene across the U.S.-Mexico border at a time of swelling migration. But these aren’t farmers and low-wage workers from Mexico or Central America, who make up the bulk of those crossing. They’re bankers, doctors and engineers from Venezuela, and they’re arriving in record numbers as they flee turmoil in the country with the world’s largest oil reserves and pandemic-induced pain across South America.

Nearly 6 million people have poured out of Venezuela since 2013 when Nicolás Maduro abetted by his successor, Hugo Chavez wrecked one of the wealthiest nations. Some 17,000 Venezuelans have crossed the American border illegally since January.

Unlike some leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union who traveled to the socialist country and pronounced everything peachy keen, these are accomplished people who have had freedom and opportunity yanked out from under them and who know that the United States offers them emancipation.

And so do the farmers and low-wage workers the AP mentions. All of them are busting their butts to get into a nation that we’re told is racist to the core. Democrats ought to keep in mind that Hispanics tend to be culturally conservative and that some are switching sides to vote for Republicans.

Don’t read me wrong. I’m whole heartedly against illegal immigration. It’s unfair to the millions of immigrants who played by the rules, patiently navigating America’s complex immigration rules. It’s flouting the law, abetted by the Biden administration.

It just occurs to me that the far left might get their just deserts for encouraging that law-breaking.

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  • If I remember correctly, it was the disgraced and soon to be indicted Trump who courted the autocrats across the globe and whom his lackeys in the Republican Party genuflect to.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I seem to remember the Great Obama sitting in Cuba with the Castro Brothers watching baseball. I also remember His Oneness telling then Russian PM Medived that once he was re-elected he would be able to swing things more Putin's way. And wasn't St. Obama who gave Iran 150 billion back in terrorism walking around money to use against Israel and other countries, including the US?

    And who was VP during all that?

    Yes, it was the great slayer of Corn Pop and sniffer of teenage girl's hair, Joe "Big Guy" Biden.

  • Even parading these rich Venezuelans may not be enough to convert the anti-immigrant Trump faithful. The Nativist wing of the Republican party will not be easily persuaded.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    You forgot a word, Mr. Jnorto. That word is "illegal" and it pairs with immigrant. If Ronald Reagan were crossing the border illegally, he should be turned back.

    Gosh, Mr. Jnorto. You forgot another word. That word is "formally" and it pairs with rich. The Socialist-cum-Democrat system necessitates adding that word.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    You're wrong. When your leader said “Why are we having all these people from s---hole countries come here?”, he was not objecting to "illegal" immigrants. When he banned Muslims, he restricted legal entry. The same when he cut back H-1B skilled worker visas and student visas.

    Most Republicans agree with Trump: If immigration is permitted at all, it should be restricted to people from white countries.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    My "leader" is a Jewish carpenter, just to set the record straight.

    For a halfway intelligent person, it's amazing how many facts you have wrong about the shit hole country remark and "banning" Muslims to the visas, but you never fail to regurgitate the Party line.

    The fact is, the Left and you -- but I repeat myself-- do not recognize illegal aliens. Which means everybody has a right to be here.

    I'm also amazed how you have managed to poll most Republicans on their immigration ideas. You are gifted, sir. Ma'am? They? You are wrong again, though. But your recitation of the Party line is excellent. Fact is, most Republicans don't want illegals period, no matter what color their skin. Why do Democrat racists only see skin color and not legal status?

    Oh, and please give us an explanation of how you managed to tally the number of "rich" people from Venezuela that managed to cross.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Lots of bluster here, but I don't find a logical argument.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    I'm not arguing with you. It's pointless. You make unfounded statements and never defend them.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    "Most Republicans...."? Is there a poll?

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Yes, Pew Research reported in May that a majority of conservative Republicans believe that to be "truly American" one must speak English, share U.S. customs and tradition, be a Christian and have been born in the U.S.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    "Most Republicans agree with Trump: If immigration is permitted at all, it should be restricted to people from white countries."

    That's what you wrote. That's not what this poll says.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    I think it does. 50% of conservative Republicans don't believe that anyone not born in the U.S. can be truly American. 53% think you have to be Christian. If you think I am wrong, what poles are you relying on?

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Sorry, "polls."

  • In reply to jnorto:

    So, you want everyone to believe that because "50% of conservative Republicans don’t believe that anyone not born in the U.S. can be truly American. 53% think you have to be Christian" that it proves that "most Republicans" want to restrict immigration "to people from white countries." I'm even more curious now: how do you make that leap in logic?

  • In reply to jnorto:

    If you are not persuaded by the Pew report, what about this from The Atlantic:
    "When the Public Religion Research Institute and Brookings Institution asked Americans in 2016 their views of immigration from different parts of the world, it found that Republicans were only three points more likely than Democrats to want to reduce immigration from “predominantly Christian countries” and only seven points more likely to want to reduce immigration from Europe. By contrast, they were 33 points more likely to support reducing immigration from Mexico and Central America and 41 points more likely to support reducing immigration from “predominantly Muslim countries.” What really drives Republican views about immigrants, in other words, is less their legal status than their nation of origin, their religion, and their race."

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Those escaping Venezuela are not rich. The rich Venezuelans are affiliated with Maduro and they’re not leaving because of all the privileges they have.

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