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Tuesday, May 08, 2018


Some people, myself including, believe that the best pizza in the United States can be found in little New Haven, CT at a place called Pepe's. It's not unusual for people to line up on the sidewalk for 90 minutes in 20 degree F weather in February to get into the place.

Every once in while someone tries to cut the line. The results are not pretty. At best, a gentle Yalie (Pepe's is relatively near Yale University) will indicate the infraction and ask the the person return to the end of the line. But more likely, a New Haven native will loudly note the problem and suggest that the person move to the end of the line or else.

There might be a few people who would be sanguine about the infraction, but not many. Line cutting is culturally unacceptable in the United States.

It surprising therefore, that most Democrats and their trained hamsters in the media are sanguine about another form of egregious line cutting—illegal immigration. Good and decent immigrants from South America, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and elsewhere have been in line to immigrate to the United States for months or years, patiently waiting for their turn, just like the patrons of Pepe's. But the Dems argue that the line is meaningless.

I know, I know ... waiting in line for pizza is different that waiting to immigrate the United States. But before the outrage brigade freaks at my metaphor, let's pursue it a bit more. The Dems argue that (by analogy) the people who cut to the front of the line at Pepe's are somehow hungrier than others in the line and therefore are justified in doing so. In fact, not only do they make that argument, they also advocate giving the line cutters "sanctuary" so they can't be placed at the back of the line.

Duroy Murdock writes:
America’s most forgotten men and women may be the legal immigrants who acquire their visas, scale no barriers, and patiently await their green cards and citizenship ceremonies. Amid the raging DACA debates, the fugitive-city outrages, and this week’s Honduran-caravan epic at the San Diego–Tijuana border, these overlooked individuals ring America’s doorbell rather than pry open the back entrance.

“I am stunned,” says Nayla Rush, a senior researcher with the Center for Immigration Studies. She is staggered by the caravan members who waved Honduran flags atop America’s border fence. U.S. authorities arrested 29 of them for illegal entry. Those fleeing Tegucigalpa’s chaos have no right to barge into the U.S. Likewise, if El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua — contiguous to Honduras — and nearby Mexico feel no duty to welcome these migrants, why on Earth is this America’s obligation?

“What I can’t understand is the arrogance, the defiance of these people,” Rush tells me. “I could comprehend someone wanting a better life, sneaking in, and, if caught, feeling apologetic. But these people are marching in front of cameras, in front of the whole world. They demand to be admitted here. Where does this sense of entitlement come from?”

Rush came to America from an oft-bloodied land — Lebanon. But rather than ford the Rio Grande, Rush did something rarely discussed these days: In 2011, she requested a visa online, spoke with diplomats at America’s embassy in Beirut, and, within three weeks, received her papers.
It's predictable that the media almost never tells the story of people like Nayla Rush—after all, it doesn't fit the progressive narrative. Instead, the Dems and their trained hamsters in the media have hijacked the illegal immigration debate, suggesting that anyone who is against illegal immigration is "anti-immigrant". Nothing could be further from the truth. You can be against people who cut the line at Pepe's, but that doesn't mean you are somehow prejudiced against the people who are rightfully standing in line.

But the problem doesn't reside with the Dems and their trained hamsters. Instead, it's the fault of opponents of illegal immigration who have allowed the Dem narrative to take hold. It's long past time that stories like Nayla Rush's and millions of other legal immigrants be told. It's time to suggest that line-cutting is something that must stop, so that people like whoare now standing in line like Nayla did get their pizza.