WASHINGTON, D.C. – How would you feel about your tax dollars going toward a newly thought version of reparations?
When most people think of reparations, they immediately think of compensation for those who have slavery in their lineage.
But a South Bend, Indiana mayor who has his eye on the Oval Office wants to craft a new kind of social justice fueled compensation: reparations for families who illegally entered the United States.
Just when you thought virtue signaling couldn’t get more amplified, you were mistaken. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg was present at a Democratic debate hosted by PBS where he was asked about the concept of doling out taxpayer dollars to families who were deported from the country.
Unsurprisingly, in true social justice fervor, he gave a quick yes; followed by a deep-winded, anecdotal, rationale for it. Yet, there are two enormous issues with the notion of compensating those deported:
- It’s rooted in emotion, not logic
- The projected costs are through the roof.
While going through the rigmarole of political debates that get tiresome during election season, one of the moderators present during the event offered Buttigieg the following question:
“You said last month that the US owes compensation to children separated from their families at the southern border.
The consensus among child welfare experts is that those thousands of children will suffer lifelong trauma as a result of that separation.
Are you committing, as president, to financial compensation for those thousands of children?”
You can’t have a debate without the periodic curveball question, but Buttigieg didn’t miss a beat. His response is the kind of soundbite that his ilk would hope to resonate with the far-left who clamor for social justice:
“Yes, and they should have a fast track to citizenship. Because what the United States did under this president to them was wrong, and we have a moral obligation to make right what was broken.”
Okay, first we’ll just run some numbers, then we can examine the lack of logic present when scrutinizing this for more than five seconds.
So, trying to determine how many people are illegally present within the United States isn’t exactly easy; as no one is raising their hand and saying “I’m here” when making estimates. In this case, we’ll examine the dollars and cents under the assumption we’re somewhere between 11 to 22 million illegal aliens.
If Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s dream of giving money to children of people deported comes to fruition, it could potentially cost American taxpayers up to $2.2 trillion.
To put that into perspective, that’s nearly all the tax dollars that the federal government would collect in 2020 from income tax.
The way these numbers come about stem from a study done by The Nation, Columbia University economist Suresh Naidu.
In 2014, Naidu estimated that reparations could cost anywhere between $22,000 to $101,000 per illegal alien in the United States. Those estimations are calculated on the notion that compensation would be making amends for claims of lost or depressed wages from entering the American workforce.
So, if erring on the side of the higher estimates of $101,000 given to every illegal alien, and operating under the idea that we have roughly 22 million illegal immigrants in the country, we arrive at $2.2 tillion. Even if money was only doled out only to illegals assumed to be present within the workforce, we’re still looking at $808 billion.
So, the underlying portion of the question and response by Buttigieg focused on the emotional element of children separated from their families during the motions of removal from the United States.
It’s a fact that kids were separated from parents at the border during deportation proceedings; but it’s also a fact that it wouldn’t have happened if those parents didn’t decide to enter the country illegally.
The United States has literal family separation everyday when a parent goes to jail or prison; yet anti-immigration alarmists hate that comparison being drawn out since it proves the cause and effect of breaking the law and dulls their argument of family separation.
After Buttigieg made his position clear on reparations for illegals, he added a little spice before wrapping up his sentiments, letting everyone know that he’s a man of identity politics:
“And on the larger issue of immigration, my understanding of this issue isn’t theoretical. It’s not something I formed in committee rooms in Washington; [it] begins with the fact that my household, my family, came from abroad. My father immigrated to this country and became a US citizen.”
Oh, the infamous “I’m just like you,” point to really hit things home.
Well, we shall see if illegal reparations gains more speed as the election cycle ramps up next year.
It’s not Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s first push for handouts for them.
A video has recently been released of the candidate telling an individual that if he is elected president, all illegal immigrants would be given government healthcare.
Now you may be asking, what does that have to do with committing crimes? Whether people want to acknowledge it or not, crossing the border into the United States is a crime. So why should anyone who acts in this criminal manner this be entitled to anything free?
According to Breitbart News,
“Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Sunday told a Hispanic worker in South Carolina that illegal immigrants would have access to government-funded health care if he was elected president.”
A supporter of the Democratic candidate recorded the interaction between the presidential hopeful and a worker.
In the video Buttigieg can be heard speaking to the woman in Spanish and telling her who would be covered with government funded healthcare should he be elected.
According to Breitbart News, “The Republican National Committee Research Team published a clip of the exchange with the translation of the South Bend Mayor’s remark:”
From Spanish to English translation, he said:
“So, the most important thing for me is that we offer the opportunity for health care to all in our country, and this includes the opportunity to buy this plan of Medicare for All who want it. That is our solution. And this opportunity to buy this plan is for everyone regardless of their immigration status.”
Now critics of the Democratic candidate are demanding that Buttigieg tell the American citizens that he is willing to give up free government healthcare to illegals, and they want him to say it in English.
This video was recorded when Mayor Buttigieg attended and participated in a roundtable discussion at a South Carolina restaurant on Sunday which was sponsored by “The Fight for $15 Action Fund’ and the ‘South Carolina McDonald’s workers’.
Republican National Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel blasted Buttigieg on Twitter,
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Just because Pete Buttigieg is from Indiana doesn’t make him a moderate.”
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.
Just because Pete Buttigieg is from Indiana doesn’t make him a moderate.
Here he is promising to include illegal immigrants in his plan for a government takeover of health care.pic.twitter.com/8sTB865fdX
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) December 2, 2019
Buttigieg has waffled on his position regarding immigration. In July of 2019 during one of the democratic presidential debates featured on CNN, Buttigieg stated that should he become president, “illegal border crossings will still be illegal”.
As reported by CNS News this statement was in direct contradiction of “his earlier support for decriminalizing illegal border crossings”.
During the debate Buttigieg commented,
“When I am president, illegally crossing the border will still be illegal. We can argue over the finer points of which parts of this ought to be handled by civil law and which parts ought to be handled by criminal law, but we’ve got a crisis on our hands, and it’s not just a crisis of immigration. It’s a crisis of cruelty and incompetence that has created a humanitarian disaster on our southern border. It is a stain on the United States of America.”
Yet, this past Sunday he stated he would allow illegal border crossers government funded healthcare. So apparently Buttigieg can’t decide which side of the argument he’s going to stand on. Can’t support both causes. Illegal border crossing is illegal and Buttigieg publicly acknowledged that he would keep that in place, or at least he did during the CNN debate.
During that very debate in July the South Bend Mayor was called on his flip flopping by CNN’s Dana Bash where she stated,
“But just a point of clarification, you did raise your hand in the last debate. You do want to decriminalize crossing the border illegally.”
Trying to skirt around his original stance he followed with,
“So, in my view, if fraud is involved, then that’s suitable for the criminal statute. If not, then it should be handled under civil law, but these show of hands are exactly what is wrong with the way that this race is being covered,” Buttigieg responded.
If the Mayor of South Bend Indiana Mayor is willing to change his position on such an important topic as illegal border crossing in the span of a single democratic debate – what else will he waver on? What else should the American citizens be aware of that he will side step on?
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Buttigieg tried to defend his response by stating that President Trump could fix the “crisis at the border”, which he did acknowledge in July, in a single month. However, he made a point to state that the reason the President hasn’t succeeded is because he continues to make everything into a crisis.
Pete Buttigieg says America has a crisis of "cruelty" and "incompetence" at the U.S. Southern Border.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 31, 2019
Perhaps that Mayor needs a reminder that it is the Democrats that have been fighting the President every step of the way in securing our borders.
— The Hill (@thehill) December 3, 2019
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