Americans are done buying into Democratic spin on immigration

The obstructionist strategy of the Democrats pretending that the crisis on the southern border does not exist has officially failed. According to a new Harvard Harris Poll, about two out of three adults say they do not support releasing undocumented migrants into the United States while they wait for asylum. Moreover, 68 percent agree that these border crossers should be sent back to Mexico, which the administration has already been doing.

The survey also found that a plurality of Americans support stricter asylum laws, echoing President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE calling for reforms to our outdated system. “Migrants at the southern border will not be allowed into the United States until their claims are individually approved in court,” he tweeted last year on the issue. “We only will allow those who come into our country legally.”

It is little wonder that Americans support the tough stance that President Trump has taken on illegal immigration, as the weak immigration system we currently have does not properly deter dangerous criminals seeking to enter this country illegally, and American communities are being saddled with the tragic consequences. For instance, authorities have revealed that a Texas serial killer charged with 11 murders is from Kenya and living in the United States illegally. He allegedly killed elderly women and stole their jewelry, and investigators are reviewing 750 other cases matching that profile to see if his killing spree might have been even more extensive.

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That is one example, but in each of the last two fiscal years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested about 2,000 illegal immigrants who have criminal records that include homicide offenses. As horrifying as that is, it is unfortunately one of the many different ways that our broken immigration system endangers our communities. For years now, illegal immigration has fueled the North American drug trade and provided a massive revenue stream to numerous violent Mexican drug cartels, further contributing to a border security crisis reaching astonishing proportions.

Those drug cartels alone are making anywhere between $19 billion and $29 billion every year by using the flood of illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central American countries as a cover for their sprawling trafficking operations. Remarkably, after repeatedly arguing that President Trump “manufactured” a fictional border security crisis, even the Democrats are now admitting the government needs to fix our broken immigration laws.

“Let me just say this. We have never not said that there was a crisis. There is a humanitarian crisis at the border, and some of it is provoked by the actions taken by the administration,” House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiObjections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated Latest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' MORE said during a recent press conference. “What is happening at the border is tragic and we hope to address some of that in the disaster supplemental. We understand our responsibility to secure our border,” she then added.

Although Pelosi still shamelessly tried to shift the blame onto President Trump, who has been forced to use his executive authority to address the border crisis because Pelosi has obstructed every request he has made to Congress, at least she is now willing to acknowledge that the border crisis is indeed real. Only a few months ago, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer insisted that the White House was using the “backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear, and divert attention.”

It is telling that several leading Democratic presidential candidates who once enthusiastically supported the ridiculous “Abolish ICE” movement, including Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Kamala Harris, are now shying away from that stance, even when queried by the liberal friendly BuzzFeed News. It is rather ironic how cowardly these establishment politicians become as the border crisis intensifies month after month.

The Democrats recognize that their strategy of denial and obstruction failed, and they are trying to pretend that they have been in agreement that we indeed have a border crisis. The American people, however, will not forget what Pelosi and her party have already done to undermine the common sense strategy President Trump has for keeping our country safe from the crime and drugs that continue to pour over the southern border.

Madison Gesiotto is an attorney and a commentator who serves with the advisory board of the Donald Trump campaign. She was an inauguration spokesperson and former Miss Ohio. She is on Twitter @MadisonGesiotto.