I was out of the country for a week with my wife, but when we got back it was like
nothing had changed.
The national media were still yakking and arguing about the same BS they were
when we left.
Depending on what TV channel you turned on, it was still either all pro-Donald
Trump or all anti-Trump, all pro-wall or all anti-wall.
Democrats and Republicans in Congress were still fighting over whether the increasing
number of illegal immigrants crashing our southern border is a fake crisis or a real
national emergency, as President Trump has declared.
And the tear-jerk liberal media are still mostly worried about whether the caravans
of illegal immigrant families from Central America seeking asylum are being welcomed
warmly and taken care of properly by our government at the border.
But, in the country’s great illegal immigration debate, do you know whose needs
no one in Washington or in the mainstream media is talking about?
The immigrants who are already here in America – the legal ones.
Most of these forgotten immigrants are Latino, and millions of them are U.S. citizens
or green-card holders with low-skill, low-paying jobs.
I’m talking about the guy who parks my car at my favorite restaurant.
Or the woman who picked the strawberries I had in my cereal this morning.
Or the wonderful man from Guatemala who takes care of my lawn.
As far as I can see, no big shots in Congress or in the media care in the least about
how these hardworking people will be hurt by hundreds of thousands of new illegal
immigrants storming across our southern border.
The illegal immigrants are not going to take away the jobs of anyone you see on TV
or listen to on the radio.
They’re not going to take anyone’s high-paying job at Google, Morgan Stanley
or in the federal government.
But they will take away the jobs of people who are washing dishes, cleaning houses,
cooking food and nannying the kids of the wealthy and powerful.
The working-class immigrants who are already here will be the first ones to lose
their jobs or see their hourly wages go down – and they know it.
They’re the ones whose children are in already overcrowded and under-performing
public schools in California that will be swamped by more kids who don’t speak
No one politically important or powerful is standing up for the country’s forgotten
immigrants, and Latinos are afraid to say anything in support of a stronger wall, or
in support of President Trump, for fear of being ostracized in their own community.
But the reality is that many legal Latino immigrants, like my gardener, are scared to
death of a flood of illegals coming across the border.
The growing popularity of President Trump among the country’s 32 million
Latino voters, which was 28 percent in 2016 and has risen to nearly 50 percent according to a recent poll, reflects how strongly many Latinos dislike illegal immigration.
Unfortunately, however, President Trump is not taking political advantage of the real
concerns of working-class Latinos.
If I were the president, I’d do what my father would have done – turn the tables on
the Democrats, go over the heads of the liberal media and tell the forgotten immigrant
story to the whole country.
I’d hold a series of press conferences and photo ops in Latino neighborhoods in
California and Texas.
I’d make it clear to Latinos, and every voter in the USA, that Latino American
workers will be the primary victims of the Democrats’ irresponsible positions on illegal
My father and his White House crew would have known how to do it the right
way. He was very good at going on TV and telling the country stories.
So is President Trump. And if he’s going to get the Latino votes he’ll need to win
re-election in 2020, he’s got to make sure that every Latino knows he cares what bad
things will happen to them if he loses.