Elder Patriot – I realize that Geraldo Rivera is paid to play a leftist stooge but many viewers actually buy the arguments he makes. That makes him dangerous. Hopefully the epic slapdown administered by Dan Bongino, supported by facts and logic, will minimize the number of people duped by Geraldo’s faux outrage.
Both appeared on last night’s edition of Hannity. Here are the highlights.
The death of Newman, California Police Cpl. Ronil Singh at the hands of an illegal immigrant who he had stopped for suspected DUI, has helped codify many of the arguments that President Trump had been blocked from making to the broader public due to the filter applied by the mainstream propaganda media.
Cpl. Singh, 22, was himself an immigrant – a legal one. He was shot and killed, allegedly by an illegal immigrant he had been investigating for a DUI.
Geraldo contended that it was “grotesquely unfair to use these anecdotes to make a political argument.” That may be true when the supporting anecdotes are few and far between. But, when the stories continue mounting they become part of a larger narrative.
In typical liberal fashion, after conceding Trump was given a mandate to build the wall as a result of his election, Geraldo pivoted and wanted to address the so-called “Dreamers” as part of funding the wall.
WTF do the “Dreamers” have to do with border security? If money is an issue then funding for the wall must stand on its own merits.
As far as I can tell, even if every Dreamer were a stand up person (they’re not) they’re still living the dream that they have blocked an American from living.
When Geraldo finally stopped ranting, Bongino restored reason to what was supposed to be a debate:
“This is fascinating that — Geraldo, you’re making a political point, too. I mean, you’re sitting here talking about all of the positive components of immigration, and when Sean brings up one of the unbelievably — not even negative, but tragic, horrific components of illegal immigration, the death of American citizens through crime by people who had no right to be here at all, all of a sudden it’s a political point?”
This caused Geraldo to cite an easily debunked left-wing talking point:
“You know as well as I know that these people commit fewer crimes than citizens commit!”
As far back as the 2005 (GAO-05-337R) report, criminal aliens (both legal and illegal) make up 27 percent of all federal prisoners. Those numbers have continued to rise over the past decade and a half.
That number doesn’t include crimes that violate state and local law, or those criminal aliens that are not in prison at all because of sanctuary city policies.
Gang violence, drugs leading to 70,000 opioid and fentanyl deaths, human smuggling (including young children) have reached epidemic proportions and the overwhelming percentage are introduced into our country by crossing our border with Mexico.
Add to that the serious, often untreatable illnesses that unchecked immigration allows our children to be exposed to. Tuberculosis has made a troubling return, as well as an untreatable variant of polio.
Regardless, Geraldo turned what had started out to be a discussion about border security back to an argument about what good people these immigrants are on whole.
Bongino had enough and dropped the sledgehammer of truth on Geraldo:
“A hundred percent of illegal immigrants shouldn’t be here. If one of them goes on to kill someone, the parents aren’t interested in your college level statistics course. They’re interested in the fact that the person shouldn’t be here. Don’t you not get it?”
Leftists like Geraldo are famous for changing the subject, or conflating competing arguments when they’re losing an argument.
Here are the facts:
America welcomed, on average, more than one million legal aliens annually, over the past three decades, by far the most immigrants accepted by any nation on earth.
That’s not the policy of a xenophobic nation.
President Trump has not sought to change that because legal immigration gives the government the opportunity to check each candidate as to the potential threat – disease, matching their employment potential with our economy’s needs, criminal threat assessment, etc.) each might pose to the general population.
However, recently released estimates peg the number of illegal aliens residing in the United States – who are unvetted as to health and criminal intent, and who put enormous downward pressure on wages for our lowest economic demographic – as high as 30+ million people.
That would double the annual number agreed as acceptable by the various government agencies with input into the decision-making process.
The murder of Cpl. Singh revealed another lie the left constantly repeats in defense of sanctuary city policies: If the illegal community feels welcomed can they be counted on to help law enforcement catch criminals.
In the case of officer Singh’s alleged murderer, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, it appears the exact opposite was true.
From CBS News:
Seven people across California have been arrested for helping the suspect in the murder of Cpl. Ronil Singh avoid police. Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 32, was arrested Friday without incident after authorities learned he was inside a Kern County residence, CBS Sacramento reports.
Others at the residence were taken into custody for aiding and abetting. The suspects were identified as Bernabe Madrigal Castaneda, 59; Erasmo Villegas, 36; and Maria Luisa Moreno, 57.
His brothers Adrian and Conrado Virgen, girlfriend Ana Leyde Cervantes and coworker Erik Quiroz were also arrested for helping him dodge police.
The website of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Arriaga was “a day laborer with gang affiliations and past arrests for drunken driving, who was in the country illegally.”
Arriaga’s history led County Sheriff Adam Christianson to blame California’s sanctuary law for preventing local authorities from reporting Perez Arriaga to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for his previous arrests. Christianson said if he had been deported, Singh would still be alive.
On reflection, everything is anecdotal until it hits someone you know.
That’s the likely reason that Sheriff Christianson repeated President Trump’s calls for stricter border security while railing against the state’s sanctuary law.