Negative attitudes on the feasibility of showing millions of illegal aliens the door were readily dispelled by blasting naysayers’ with a basic rhetorical exercise.
After ignoring the crisis at the border for years, prioritizing amnesty efforts for “dreamers” over enforcing national sovereignty, the position on illegals in the United States from the left appeared to be a unified “oh well.” At least that was how CNN National Politics Correspondent Eva McKend’s reaction to a policy proposal from South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott came across.
On Thursday, as the GOP presidential hopeful was on the campaign trail, McKend posted to X, “At Scott Brown’s New Hampshire BBQ, Sen. Scott is asked what should be done about undocumented immigrants living in America. ‘Deport them,’ he answers. ‘Eliminate sanctuary cities,’ he adds. Crowd applauds. This is of course not feasible as you can’t deport 10 million+ ppl.”
At Scott Brown’s New Hampshire BBQ, Sen. Scott is asked what should be done about undocumented immigrants living in America.
“Deport them,” he answers. “Eliminate sanctuary cities,” he adds. Crowd applauds.
This is of course is not feasible as you can’t deport 10 million+ ppl
— Eva McKend (@evamckend) September 7, 2023
Lacking a blue check, it was clear that McKend wasn’t merely goading the people of X into engaging with her unsupported assertion for a revenue boost, but she also didn’t bother to elaborate on her take as the ratio began in the replies.
“We can deport 30 million,” asserted one user as another slammed the talking point amount that had been bandied about for years, “That 10m figure is two decades old. It’s undoubtedly much, much higher.”
— InsolentPuppy (@_InsolentPuppy) September 8, 2023
we can deport 30 million.
— sneakn (@sneaknsneak) September 8, 2023
That 10m figure is two decades old. It’s undoubtedly much, much higher.
— Pliney (@PlineyThe) September 8, 2023
If we work together it’s possible.
— VeryChillGuy (@1VeryChillDude) September 8, 2023
We can deport as many as we can find, and maybe, I don’t know, stop allowing people in?
— XBradTC (@xbradtc) September 9, 2023
An apparent effort to support McKend’s position came from Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy director for the American Immigration Council, who spouted doom and gloom over what it would take to enforce the law of the land that, as it happened, danced remarkably close to what actually took place in the United States against law-abiding citizens simply for existing while freedoms were eroded in the name of “public health.”
“Roughly 2.5% of the US population is undocumented,” Reiclin-Melnick presented, low-balling the number to less than the 10 million that the CNN correspondent had suggested. “‘Deport them all’ means a mass purge, roadblocks in communities around the country, ‘papers, please’ at every corner, and a fundamental transformation of this country from a free one into a police state.”
Roughly 2.5% of the US population is undocumented. “Deport them all” means a mass purge, roadblocks in communities around the country, “papers, please” at every corner, and a fundamental transformation of this country from a free one into a police state. https://t.co/8fGA07NvUV
— Aaron Reichlin-Melnick (@ReichlinMelnick) September 7, 2023
While he kept his replies restricted, it hadn’t stopped reactions from asserting that would do the trick, with one person even offering an endorsement for the former immigration lawyer to hold public office and see to making it happen.
“This all sounds great to me. How can I vote for this Melnick guy?” came the take while another simplified the solution even further and argued, “No it means arresting a few hundred traffickers and suing a hand full of companies. Get real.”
This all sounds great to me. How can I vote for this Melnick guy? pic.twitter.com/3qAwbbQbfN
— Amish But On Rumspringa (@Amish_but) September 9, 2023
No it means arresting a few hundred traffickers and suing a hand full of companies.
— Ælþemplær (@Aelthemplaer) September 8, 2023
If you’re illegal you don’t have the right to be there…
They gotta go
— My Latin Life (@MyLatinLife) September 8, 2023
Think of it like a vaccine passport, but for citizenship.
— AmericanDissident (@AmDissident) September 8, 2023
Sounds great when can we start?
— Badplus ᛉ (@badplus017) September 8, 2023
For the likes of McKend and Reichlin-Melnick who seemed to contend that the effort wasn’t worth the cost it would take to deport even just 10 million illegal aliens, it’s worth noting that even New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) had recognized the dramatic costs incurred in keeping them in the United States.
On Saturday, the mayor had announced that for the just over 100,000 illegals in The Big Apple, a single percent of the figure CNN’s correspondent was pushing, it was expected to cost the city $12 billion over the next three years, demanding massive budget cuts impacting citywide services for taxpayers.
Scott wasn’t alone in his position on deportation as fellow GOP candidates former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy had each voiced some variation on the measure that would also aim to do away with anchor babies.
It costs less to send them back than the house them, so why not
— Bigbagostupid (@Bigbagostupid) September 8, 2023
We can deport them, and we should deport them.
— MillerTime (@ItsMillerC) September 8, 2023
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