Washington Post Says Support for Wall = “White Nationalism”



Recently, the Washington Post ran a piece in its Political Analysis section asking the question, “Would a wall have kept Kate Steinle’s killer out of the country?” The answer: those who support a wall on the southern border are “white nationalists.”

Huh? We’ll the Post’s argument goes something like this….

According to a 2006 analysis by Pew Research “as much as” 45 percent of the illegal alien population overstayed a visa. The Post says that signals a shift in the way in which illegal aliens are entering the U.S., so a border wall is a bad investment. Walls are expensive, and they only stop entrants without inspection (EWIs), not visa overstays.

We’re not sure how the Post  did the math on that one but that would mean a majority of the illegal alien population snuck over the border. And it’s a pretty reasonable assumption that a 30 foot wall would have kept most of those folks out of the United States.

In any case, the supporting evidence gets even more attenuated. The Post notes that most contraband entering the United States passes through ports-of-entry in passenger vehicles or tractor trailers. The intimation seems to be that because unlawful goods go through border checkpoints, illegal aliens must do so, too.

Of course, analogizing the manner in which people cross the border to the way in which goods make their transit is a classic apples to oranges comparison. It doesn’t take into account the fact that most EWIs just walk over the border at a remote location. Moving several thousand pounds of illicit narcotics involves entirely different logistical requirements – like a paved road that will support a loaded truck.

How is any of that germane to the Steinle case? That isn’t particularly clear since no one – not even the Post – is claiming that her killer Juan Ines Garcia Zarate entered the U.S. legally and overstayed his visa or had anything to do with smuggling contraband.

So, would a wall have prevented Kate Steinle’s death? It’s pretty obvious that the Washington Post isn’t interested in answering that question. It would rather just brand anyone who believes in securing our borders as a “white nationalist.” (And by the way: Yes, a properly constructed wall would most likely have kept Mr. Garcia Zarate out of the U.S. Kate Steinle’s death was preventable.)

The Washington Post pompously claims on its masthead that “Democracy dies in the dark.” Apparently good journalism does too.

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Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats.

He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.

5 Comments

  1. avatar

    Remember when Trump talked a few months ago about the no go zones in Sweden and how crime among refugee migrants was soaring. And the media’s reaction was there he goes again, making things up. Except, the evidence of this has been clear and convincing for a long time. Police are unwilling to enter these areas except in mass force.

    A few days ago, Lise Tamm, one of Sweden’s top prosecutors, and the head of a new anti-organized crime unit, was discussing the Stockholm suburbs and she noted that one of them, the refugee heavy town of “Rinkeby is almost like a war zone,” and “when the police work there they work as the armed forces would have done.” War zone? How clear is that?

    So who was lying? Trump or the media. As usual there are “advocates” in Sweden who are swift to offer explanations for this behavior and one of them is Sweden’s history of “colonialism”. Let’s just ignore the fact that Sweden never had any African or Asian colonies. There is overwhelming evidence of the violence, sexual attacks, and massive use of welfare by “refugees” in Europe and yet our media ignores it or denies it happens.

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    The Washington Post’s hacks love shilling for open borders and more cheap labor and consumers for their billionaire boss and owner Jeff Bezos the founder and CEO of Amazon. Boycott Amazon and its open borders agenda!

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      Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and other billionaires are peas in a pod. They live in enclaves behind walls with security guards and tell the rest of us that mass immigration is great for us. But look at the cities in the immigration paradise of California. Los Angeles spends massive amounts of money on illegals while they have a homeless population of almost 50,000. The sidewalks are literally being used as outdoor toilets, which is contributing to huge outbreaks of infectious diseases.

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      Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and other billionaires are peas in a pod. They live in enclaves behind walls with security guards and tell the rest of us that mass immigration is great for us. But look at the cities in the immigration paradise of California. Los Angeles spends massive amounts of money on illegals while they have a homeless population of almost 50,000. The sidewalks are literally being used as outdoor toilets, which is contributing to huge outbreaks of infectious diseases.

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