Immigration Policies and the War on Police
Here we are in the midst of a national face-off between the cops and blacks on racial grounds. Where did this come from? Could the face-off have anything to do with the contradictions police officers have to face every day, especially the contradiction exposed by Barack Obama’s recent executive order regarding illegal immigrants?
Maggie Habermas and Glenn Thrush seem to have hit the nail on the head when they write in Politico, “De Blasio allies often point out that he is governing at a time of transition in the city, the first new mayor elected since the population shifted to a majority of Hispanics, blacks and Asians.”
The reporters then go on and hit another nail by quoting David Alexrod, the longtime progressive advisor to Barack Obama. “Axelrod… said the mayor isn’t clueless… ‘by the same token, there’s an obvious breach between the police and communities of color, not just in New York, but most urban areas, that is bad for both police and the folks they’re sworn to serve and protect.’”
Imagine what it must be like to be a police officer in a city where minorities are dominant. You are told you must enforce the laws, but at the same time you must not enforce immigration laws. You must stop young black men from robbing 7-11s, but let go young Latinos who drive without a valid license and are in the USA illegally. Is there any wonder New York City cops are under stress?
Blacks in U.S. cities know a pass is given to Latinos by progressive politicians. They know the plantation is being abandoned for the sake of the hacienda. Herman Maddox knows this, too.
He writes, “I will say publicly what many people are whispering privately in barbershops, soul food restaurants and church parking lots in South Los Angeles. If relations don't improve between African Americans and Latinos in Southern California, we are headed for a major racial conflict.”
Even the progressive Southern Poverty Center has noted that blacks and Latinos are not getting along. They won’t say it, but it’s obvious that one group is held to the law, while the other isn’t, and the police are caught in the middle of this schizophrenic law enforcement.
“One after another, the reports have rolled in. From Florida to California, Nevada to New Jersey, even as far away as the state of Washington, the news is getting harder to ignore: There's trouble brewing between blacks and browns.”
Steven Malanga writes in City Journal that the rainbow coalition progressives need for votes is disintegrating. Unfortunately for urban police officers, they are caught in the middle of this disintegration.
“Though blacks have long worried that the country’s growing foreign-born population, especially its swelling rolls of illegal immigrants, harmed their economic prospects, they have also followed their political leadership in backing liberal immigration policies. Now, however, as new waves of immigration inundate historically African-American neighborhoods, black opinion is hardening against the influx … (that) could upend the political calculus on immigration.”
Blacks have had it good on the progressive, urban plantation. That good life is now being threaten by Latinos.
Pat Buchanan reminds us that, “Untold trillions have been spent since the '60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream.”
“From 1965 to 2008, nearly $16 trillion of taxpayer money… was spent on means-tested welfare programs for the poor.” In spite of the money spent, we are left still with the sobering statistic that, “In 2010, blacks (approximately 13% of the U.S. population) accounted for 48.7% of all arrests for homicide, 31.8% of arrests for forcible rape, 33.5% of arrests for aggravated assault, and 55% of arrests for robbery.”
Because blacks and Latinos are congregated mostly in U.S. cities, this is where the war on the police is taking place. Cities like Chicago, New York, and St. Louis are run by progressive Democratic politicians. In the case of Chicago, Democrats have run the city longer than the life of the old Soviet Union. It is also from Chicago that Barack Obama, mayor de Blasio’s political hero, rose to power as a so-called post-racial candidate.
In the desperate search for minority votes, progressives like New York’s mayor de Blasio and Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel are now in a bind. How can they meet the demands of both blacks and Latinos? How can they expect police officers to enforce the law with one group and look the other way with another?
From an African-American point of view, you’d be angry, too, if you saw Obama giving amnesty to Mexicans but ignoring the brothers who have lived in the ghetto for years. You’d be angry, too, if you saw limited welfare dollars shift from the plantation to the hacienda.
A contradiction inherent in the progressive ideology is now exposed. For protestors to shout “Black Lives Matter,” is not enough. What they should shout is “Black Lives Matter More than Latino Lives.” But you won’t hear that on the news or read it on placards. Progressives don’t admit their contradictions.
Yes, there is a crisis now in New York City that may soon spread to other cities. There is a war on the police. The racism manufactured by progressive politicians to garner votes has opened a wound. The progressive plan to preside over the fundamental transformation of the United States has hit a bump in the road. The plantation and the hacienda are at war and the police are caught in the middle.
If the police want to save their integrity they just might have to turn their back on the progressives, as they have already done to Mayor de Blasio at a news conference. The police may have to protect their own against the vote whores.
The chaos brought on by progressive immigration and welfare policies is just beginning. Like Maximilien de Robespierre, Mayor de Blasio may be taken down by the very forces his progressive policies set in play.