Max Boot, Yet Another Clueless Border Buffoon



According to Max Boot – a talking head popular with the mainstream media – President Trump is a defense and foreign policy neophyte who “ignores the real threats that his country faces.” In a recent column in the The Washington Post, Boot argues that the caravan of asylum-demanding Hondurans currently headed for the U.S. border doesn’t merit the president’s attention because there are more important things to worry about, like China and North Korea, for example.

Boot is typical of the intellectual elite, who constantly lecture the American public on the supposed benefits of lax immigration enforcement. He admonishes that, if we were to just let the caravan enter the U.S., “We would undoubtedly be getting hard-working newcomers who, like most immigrants, will make our country even greater than it is.”

In defense of this assertion Boot cites a Politifact article claiming that we are experiencing “a net outflow of illegal immigrants from the United States back to Mexico.” So, in his estimation, there’s plenty of room for more foreigners, who are better than Americans anyway. But there are some serious problems with his logic.

To begin with, there is no basis for claiming that a column of un-vetted foreigners will inevitably be composed of “hard-working newcomers.” In fact, the September 11, 2001 terrorists all entered the United States lawfully, after having been subjected to background checks, and turned out to be both dangerous and lethally committed to diminishing America’s greatness.

Additionally, Boot calls Honduras, “a tiny country that is afflicted by poverty, corruption, political violence and one of the world’s highest homicide rates.” Honduras hasn’t been invaded by a foreign adversary, so it would appear that all of the violence and corruption are being visited on Hondurans by other Hondurans. Accordingly, wouldn’t it be prudent to assume that a caravan of 1,500 Hondurans might contain a few public safety threats?

There’s also no reliable evidence that we’re experiencing a net outflow of illegal aliens – back to Mexico or anywhere else. Politifact cites research by the Pew Research Center claiming that illegal Mexicans were forced out of the job market by the Great Recession of 2008 and went home.

Of course Politifact immediately follows its gushing praise of Pew’s study with this doozer: “There are no perfect statistics when it comes to illegal immigration — it’s inherently impossible to track accurately.” Accordingly, logic would dictate that Pew’s attempts to track illegal aliens returning to Mexico are inherently inaccurate.

Boot, a Russian immigrant and rabid anti-Trumpite, doesn’t seem to understand that America’s influence on the world stage flows directly from American sovereignty. Allowing a rag-tag band of Honduran agitators to compromise the integrity of our borders, and violate our immigration laws, sends a clear message to countries like China and North Korea. It tells our adversaries that we are weak and subject to manipulation.

On the other hand, average Americans put President Trump in office because they are tired of hearing clueless coastal elites like Boot preach to them about the benefits of uncontrolled mass migration. They understand intuitively that a failure to protect America’s borders will deprive us of both national security and economic stability. And without those, we will no longer have the resources, nor the power, necessary to respond to what Boot considers “the real threats.”

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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.

3 Comments

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    Those figures about a net outflow from this country to Mexico are based on surveys supposedly done in that country. The problem is that Mexico has every incentive to lie, because they, and the left in this country, want to make it seem like illegal immigration is no longer a problem. There was a guest on Fox this afternoon who repeated this nonsense and it was immediately pointed out to him that the border arrest figures from last March to this one doubled. They simply lie and do everything they can to change the subject.

    It’s also ironic that Boot says Trump should be paying more attention to North Korea when the fact is that we are in the situation we are in with that country because three previous administrations kicked the problem down the road and when Trump has taken a hard line on them he gets called a war monger.

    What people like Boot need to be asked is how do you reconcile allowing in masses of poor uneducated people in an era of huge welfare programs that those very people become eligible for. Programs that didn’t exist a hundred years ago.

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    Andy Griffen on

    YOUR WRONG IMIGRATION IS A VERY BIG PROBLEM !!! THEY DO NOT WORK ANY HARDER THAN THE AMERICANS JUST NOT AS EXPERIENCED. THEY WORK FOR CHEAP BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO EXPERIENCE. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IS A MESS SINCE THEY WERE ALLOWED TO COME HERE. MOST OF THEM ARE LIVING ON WELFARE AND THEIR HUSBANDS WORK ALSO. ENGLISH HAS BECOME THE SECOND LANGUAGE, SO HOW ARE THEY HELPING THE AMERICANS? ???? THIS IS OUR COUNTRY AND THEY HAVE THEIRS. IF YOU SAY THEY HAVE MADE IT BETTER WITH THEM BEING HERE WHY DIDN’T THEY BUILD UP THEIR OWN COUNTRY?????