PHILADELPHIA — In the strongest criticism yet of Hillary Clinton's open-border and amnesty plan, the National Border Patrol Council Thursday warned that the Democrat's plan endangers Americans and that drug cartels and Islamic extremists are eager for her to win so they can invade the U.S.
"Clinton's call for amnesty in her first 100 days and expanding these dangerous policies demonstrates her deeply alarming willingness to sell out the security of American families to advance her political or financial interests. Her immigration plan is not only dangerous for all American families, but previews an administration that will once again defy the will of the voters and Congress to implement a divisive, reckless and partisan agenda," the union said in a statement issued before Clinton gives her acceptance speech tonight.
The 16,500-member council, which has endorsed Donald Trump, said that Obama's immigration policies have been disastrous to the country and immigrants, and said Clinton's would be worse.
"We would face an unprecedented crisis if she was elected and allowed to implement her plan. Cartels and Islamic extremists would quickly manipulate this chaos and further their plans to harm innocent American citizens," they warned.
Worse, the council said that illegals are so eager for Clinton to win, that they are already beginning to line up at the border.
"We are already seeing a massive influx of activity on our southern border. Secretary Clinton's very candidacy, and the amnesty she promises, is luring families into the U.S. and wrecking innocent lives," they said.
The council said that they believe Clinton's pro-illegal position is a politically-driven move to win the Hispanic vote.
"Clinton's plan is another troubling example of her eagerness to ignore the inconvenient truth that we live in dangerous times. She continues to put the desires of social elites above the deafening choir of hard-working everyday citizens who are demanding real border security. We can no longer afford to weaken border security and hope for the best. Clinton's immigration plan is dangerous, and may win her fringe voter support at the risk of every family's security," they said.
The full statement is below and can be seen online here.
NBPC Statement on Hillary Clinton's Immigration Policies
Published: Thursday, 28 July, 2016 10:00
History will not look kindly on President Obama's border security policies and his conscientious efforts to mislead the American people. Historians may refer to this period as the "Era of No Consequences," which resulted in the increase of dangerous drugs like meth and heroin, as well as criminal aliens flooding our communities. Obama's efforts to deceive the American public about border security, in order to pursue amnesty programs that were eventually rejected by Congress and the American people will go down as this Administration's biggest — and deadliest — lie.
In reality, President Obama's policies created the illegal immigrant crisis that dogged his presidency. For seven years, the President's marketers sold him as the "Deporter in Chief." There was no truth behind that marketing campaign. The truth is that those living in the U.S. illegally were less likely to be deported than under any previous administration. Interior deportations under Obama were down 40 percent and at a nine-year low. In addition, eight out of ten illegal immigrants caught at the border were allowed to stay. In many cases, they were given taxpayer-funded bus tickets to relocate to cities in the interior of the nation. Finally, the administration intentionally misled the public on how many criminal aliens ICE released into the country. It has been reported that the agency released more than 80,000 illegal aliens with criminal records. This number was significantly larger than what Director Saldana told Congress during her testimony. The Boston Globe reported that 30 percent of those released in New England re-offended and were charged with rape, child molestation, aggravated assault, armed robbery and attempted murder. This is Obama's true legacy on border security.
President Obama's immigration policies, the product of special interest collusion, have decimated border security. These failures have flooded our communities with illegal immigrants, criminals, and dangerous drugs, such as meth and heroin. The refusal to enforce our immigration laws has given drug cartels the opportunity to expand their territory across America and access lucrative revenue streams, as illegal immigrants have paid billions of dollars to these organizations to smuggle family members into the U.S.
A reasonable person would think that, after reviewing this abysmal record, Obama's potential successor would distance themselves from this disaster. However, Secretary Hillary Clinton's only criticism was that Obama did not go far enough. Clinton and Obama both agree that they must appease the radical extremists in their party's furthest fringe. Unfortunately, the citizens who were victimized by criminal aliens paid the cost of that appeasement, as well as cities that were flooded with meth and heroin, and the crimes associated with the illegal drug trade.
President Obama and Secretary Clinton fail to recognize we live in a world where religious and political fanatics are actively plotting to harm U.S. citizens at home and abroad. Instead of investing in measures to secure our nation's borders, they have openly and actively pursued what Secretary of State John Kerry called a "borderless world." Americans need to ask themselves: Do we want to risk the safety and security of our family, businesses and communities on the dangerous and extreme policies supported by the ACLU, American Friends Service Committee, and other ideological extremists?
To our deep dismay and concern, the Clinton Immigration Plan embraces and expands the Obama policies that created the "Era of No Consequences." These policies fueled the illegal immigration crisis and drug epidemic that victimized entire cities and destroyed families. Those that were hardest hit by these policies included minorities, single mothers, existing lawful resident aliens, and others who had to compete for services and charities that were overwhelmed by the massive influx of illegal aliens.
Secretary Clinton's call for amnesty in her first 100 days and expanding these dangerous policies demonstrates her deeply alarming willingness to sell out the security of American families to advance her political or financial interests. Her immigration plan is not only dangerous for all American families, but previews an Administration that will once again defy the will of the voters and Congress to implement a divisive, reckless, and partisan agenda.
Secretary Clinton calls immigration a family problem. However, the families she ignored are all American. Her plan does nothing to protect those who are victimized every day by our blind pursuit of open borders, and in fact subjects them to a greater threat. No one, in either party, should run for office unless they are willing to put the interests of American families above anything or anyone else.
Every American family should be alarmed that her plan leaves their children vulnerable to drug cartels that control the Mexican border. Last year, 150,000 people were killed by these ruthless criminal organizations. Anyone who opposed them quickly discovered that these cartel leaders were morally bankrupt. Hundreds of journalists, activists, politicians and law enforcement officers simply disappeared or fled to the U.S., as the cartels used forms of terror such as torture, dismemberment and beheadings to control people. Clinton's failure to recognize this pending threat leaves all of us vulnerable to the growing power and influence of these criminal organizations.
We are already seeing a massive influx of activity on our southern border. Secretary Clinton's very candidacy, and the amnesty she promises, is luring families into the U.S. and wrecking innocent lives.
We would face an unprecedented crisis if she was elected and allowed to implement her plan. Cartels and Islamic extremists would quickly manipulate this chaos and further their plans to harm innocent American citizens. Clinton has pledged to close detention centers, release immigrant family members and offer American citizenship, Obamacare, education, and amnesty to all. She mysteriously chooses to ignore the lessons from recent terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Paris, Belgium, Nice, Orlando and London, as she pushes to drastically expand refugee admissions to citizens from countries not friendly to the U.S.
Clinton's plan is another troubling example of her eagerness to ignore the inconvenient truth that we live in dangerous times. She continues to put the desires of social elites above the deafening choir of hard-working everyday citizens who are demanding real border security. We can no longer afford to weaken border security and hope for the best. Clinton's Immigration Plan is dangerous, and may win her fringe voter support at the risk of every family's security.
We believe that once the American public reads Clinton's immigration plan, they will agree it is weak, dangerous, panders to extremists, and will result in their families and communities becoming vastly less safe and more at-risk. Simply put, this plan is a catastrophe and will threaten countless Americans. As the Obama "Era of No Consequences" demonstrated, weak or non-existent enforcement equals greater opportunity for terrible things to happen.
Chaos is the enemy of peace. The public must get the facts and reject this plan, and its architect, Secretary Clinton.
The National Border Patrol Council, and its 16,500 Border Patrol Agent members stand in opposition to this reckless, radical and deeply dangerous plan.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at email@example.com