As the spectre of the migrant caravan traveling through Mexico looms larger, so too does the hysteria surrounding it.
But contrary to what mainstream media may be feeding you, that hysteria is coming much more from the left than it is from the right.
Many conservatives and Republicans are worried about the potential ramifications of flagrantly disregarding secure borders. After all, a sovereign nation simply cannot exist without defined and secure borders.
More importantly, some of those concerns seem to have some merit, with hundreds of members of the caravan having been identified as criminals or gang members.
Liberals and Democrats? It’s not nearly as clear what exactly they are worried about. Perhaps they’re worried about enforcing actual border security? Perhaps they’re concerned about America actually showing any sign of a backbone with its military?
Oh, wait. Here it is.
Democrats are apparently worried about the constitutional rights of non-Americans. Wait. What?
As incredulous as that premise may seem, from all indications, that’s exactly what Democrats seem to be most concerned about.
Fortunately for any sane-thinking person, prominent conservative voices are lambasting that ridiculous idea. One such voice, belonging to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, got particularly heated while arguing with the lawyer who spearheaded the lawsuit against President Donald Trump claiming that his administration was infringing on the rights of illegal immigrants.
The lawyer, Mike Donovan, president and CEO of Libre by Nexus, which is also funding the lawsuit, according to KCAL, claims that Trump’s efforts to derail the caravan violated the Fifth Amendment.
The Fifth Amendment states:
“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
Specifically, Donovan seems focused on the “nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law” bit.
“They are claiming rights under the asylum provisions of our statutes that affords them due process rights under that law. We have due process under the law. This is a law that is specifically directed to them so of course, they have due process rights,” Donovan argued.
In fairness, due process rights are absolutely a crucial tenet of the Fifth Amendment and important to any American.
But that’s the key word: American. Carlson seized on the opportunity to tear into Donovan.
“Let me just correct you as a non-lawyer. They do not possess those rights if they are in another country and not U.S. citizens. If they possess those rights, then, I don’t know, the entire country of Nigeria — pick a country that is poorer than the United States and say ‘we want to come there,’ president says you can’t come and all of a sudden eight hundred million people sue you for violating their constitutional rights for a country they’ve never been to?” Carlson fired back incredulously.
Donovan tried to make a feeble argument that the migrant caravan was not an entire country, as if the actual number of people trying to enter the country was somehow important to the legal principle at stake. Obviously, it’s not, and Carlson let him know as much.
“If the entire nation of Nigeria were en route to the United States, perhaps it would be apples to apples. But that’s what you said. It’s not correct. These are individuals coming to this country to seek asylum,” Donovan said.
“First of all, you don’t know that. We don’t know what their intent is. Actually, you don’t. They are hundreds of miles away, and asylum claims have to be made on U.S. soil,” Carlson fired back.
“Either at an embassy, consulate, or at our border. That’s a law, as someone who purportedly defends the law, you know that, I know. You can’t actually claim that you are covered by the U.S. Constitution. You are not on U.S. soil and you are not a U.S. citizen.”
It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
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