It’s frowned on in “progressive” circles to use the term “illegal alien,” with “undocumented immigrant” being a preferred, more politically correct term. The thing is, in the case of Norma Torres, a current California State Senator running for U.S. Congress, the latter would just not apply.
That’s because Torres, escaping horrible conditions in her native Guatemala, and sent to this country as a child by her father, received a temporary visa.
She was documented.
She also, per The Associated Press, “overstayed that visa, but her family helped her obtain legal residency while she was in her teens. She became an American citizen in the months leading up to the 1992 presidential election.”
The point here is not to render a judgment on nor to debate about any of the admittedly terrible and personally complex circumstances and decisions that elicit natural human sympathies — it is merely to lay out what happened.
And what ultimately happened was entirely predictable.
Regular readers of this column know it is one of the few venues, following a lead established by Gun Owners of America, warning that the administration’s position — that those who have violated U.S. immigration and residency laws have “earned” the right to citizenship — will lead to an increase of millions of Democrat voters and a political threat to the right to keep and bear arms.
But forget what GOA says, and about past columns here, and again let’s focus solely on that which simply is. To do that, let’s again reference the AP report.
“Hispanics make up nearly 70 percent of the district that she seeks to represent, and nationally, Latinos overwhelmingly support Democrats,” it observes.
And nationally, aside from individual voting records which can be consulted, and aside from being the party from which the overwhelming majority of “gun control” measures are demanded, the official Democrat platform calls for “reasonable regulations … like reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole.”
Torres is in lockstep with that program.
Per Project VoteSmart documentation of her voting record on guns, Torres voted to prohibit semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazine, to expand the list of crimes that disqualify individuals from firearms ownership, to prohibit lead ammunition for hunting, to prohibit open carry, and to expand firearms registration, among other bills considered in the California Senate. And there is no reason to believe this “‘symbol of leadership’ for migrants” won’t do the same thing at the national level.
“Torres says she agrees that the U.S. cannot take in all people suffering from hardships,” the report continues. What Torres has not defined, and the report does not elaborate on, is what criteria should be used to determine who makes the cut and who does not, what measures should be taken to remove those who fail to clear the bar, and what costs, financial and otherwise, will be forced on the American people to bear, both to admit and to cull. But again, that’s not the discussion being offered here.
What’s indisputable by all objective assessments is that the executive action Obama now says he plans for after the elections, will be another step in the direction of manipulating an electorate that supports Democrat policies and that enables anti-gun politicians, legislation and judicial appointments.
What’s also indisputable by all objective assessments, in light of National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s admission that “all freedoms are connected,” is that continued avoidance of the illegal immigration issue by NRA, using its traditional “single issue” excuse, is not a credible position for the powerhouse gun group to maintain.
Because like it or not, Torres is unbeatable in California. Unless reversed, the trend will be to expand such districts, and the influence they have over us all.
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