Congressman Dan Crenshaw is earning praise and calls for a 2024 presidential run following his concise and powerful argument for border security.
The Texas Republican delivered a simple appeal to explain how conservatives are actually pro-immigration in a video for Turning Point USA which features Crenshaw speaking fluent Spanish.
(Video: YouTube/Turning Point USA)
“No more cutting the line. Let’s be pro-immigration,” the former United States Navy SEAL said in the under-two-minute video.
“A lot of people think conservatives are out of touch with respect to immigration,” Crenshaw said, in English, noting that this falsehood is “far from the case.”
Crenshaw served as a Navy SEAL for ten years, including three tours of duty. He lost his right eye while serving in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated.
“Ask yourself the following question,” he continued, switching back to Spanish. “Does a country have the right to decide who comes in and out of the country?”
Crenshaw explained how nearly 100,000 people crossed the U.S. border into the country illegally just last month, referring to reports from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol which indicated the high number of apprehensions and marking a 12-year-high. A backlog of more than 800,000 cases faces immigration courts as well with asylum seekers increasingly staying in the U.S. as they await their cases to be processed.
Brand new apprehension numbers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirm border emergency https://t.co/b12r6f26Ck
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 27, 2019
“Ask yourself, is this sustainable?” Crenshaw asked in the video. “How can we absorb so many people?”
Asking who will pay for their education, healthcare and the law enforcement necessary, the freshman lawmaker asked “how is this fair to the many legal immigrants who work for years to obtain their citizenship or visa?”
“Why do illegal immigrants have the right to cut in front of legal immigrants?” he asked, continuing in Spanish. “Where is the justice?”
The 35-year-old congressman, who was elected in the 2018 midterm elections, spent some of his younger years growing up in Ecuador and Colombia, and graduated from a high school in Bogota, Colombia.
“Every sovereign country has the right to manage its border,” he continued, outlining different ways that can be accomplished, including working better with Mexico, reforming the asylum process and increasing resources at the border which, he noted, could mean building a wall.
On Tuesday, President Trump ordered an overhaul of the asylum process, announcing sweeping changes to the system in a memorandum addressed to Attorney General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, outlining measures which include charging asylum seekers a fee to file an application.
“We have to regain control because our system is overwhelmed,” Crenshaw said, repeating that there will be no more “cutting the line” as the priority will be those who have come to the U.S. legally.
I hope that made sense to you,” Crenshaw concluded in English.
Apparently, his explanation made sense to a lot of people who applauded the congressman for his comments.
He’s a lock for 2024 presidential race. Got my vote.
— Justin Morris (@JmoneyTX) April 30, 2019
Love it!! Gracias from a legal immigrant!!
— Mina Mochizuki (@lucymillermd) April 30, 2019
That. Was. Amazing.
— elliette (@blairmoon) April 30, 2019
He speaks better Spanish then I do and I’m Mexican !! Thank you , Dan.
— Rachel (@RachelB70957818) April 30, 2019
A voice of reason.
— Andre’ Franz-Josef (@PrinzAndrei19) April 30, 2019
Every time I think he’s hit his peak ‘awesome’ he goes and does something like this. ?
— Andrea Corrales (@aconservatista) April 30, 2019
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