Friday, June 28, 2019

Interview: ALIPAC's William Gheen explains how immigration played into Donald Trump's victory

Editor's note: This interview was originally published in April 2017.

This is the final part of my discussion with William Gheen. The first and second articles are available. 
Story by Joseph Ford Cotto
After several years on the back burner, serious talk about enforcing immigration law finally returned – thanks to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. With his election, executive-level action was at long last taken.
Do not expect Congress to follow suit, however.
The last time a bipartisan consensus formed on immigration policy was in the then-majority-Democratic U.S. Senate. Unfortunately, it was centered around a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens. Mercifully, this legislation did not get through the Republican-led U.S. House.
Among the GOP ranks, opposition to amnesty has solidified since Trump's victory and the 2014 midterm elections. Not long before Trump launched his bid, House GOPers rejected defense legislation because it would have provided for citizenship should an illegal serve in our military.

This move was met with strong criticism, including from center-right voices, which is what made it so commendable. When the rubber met the road, typically spineless politicians chose the more difficult, yet civic-minded, path. "The Honorable" gentlemen and gentlewomen indeed.
Still, kicking the can down the road no longer works. Illegal immigration has grown too vast and far too expensive. The time for legislative action is now, but it must be asked if said action will help or harm the situation.
Before anything else is mentioned, we must realize that the idea of rounding up and deporting illegal aliens en masse is unrealistic. The social consequences of this would surpass imagination, and there simply aren't enough law enforcement officers to do the job.
However, making citizens out of illegal aliens is a plan for abject failure. Not only would unlawful immigration be encouraged, but competition would soar for even the most menial of employment opportunities.
If one thinks it is difficult to build a good career in post-Great Recession America, just wait and see how hard it will be to make ends meet in post-amnesty America.
All too many illegal aliens have minimal interest in assimilating to our country's cultural norms and earn a substantial – yet illicit – salary through public assistance and/or government-funded private charities. Amnesty is not going to bring the average American any fortune whatsoever. Mitt Romney was onto something when he spoke about self-deportation. 
Scores of Democrats support amnesty for building a permanent political majority. No small number of Republicans want a first-class seat on the gravy train as well; especially those whose constituents utilize illegal alien labor.
William Gheen has seen all of this and then some.
He "is considered one of the top experts in America regarding the topics of immigration, illegal immigration, illegal immigrants, border security, state and federal immigration laws, and associated issues .... Gheen serves as President & Spokesman of ALIPAC and manages all operations and activities," the organization's website stated. "William Gheen's Fight against illegal immigration and any form of amnesty for illegal immigrants has been his mission since September 11, 2004."
It was also mentioned that he "is the primary administrator of the archives at which represents the largest collection of information about illegal immigration in the world .... Gheen also became a contributor to The Hill newspaper which reports on congress, legislation, and government issues with the largest circulation of any Capitol Hill publication .... Gheen is a veteran campaign consultant and North Carolina native with over 15 years of experience in Internet and grass roots organizing, marketing, research, campaign management and event coordination. He has an undergraduate degree in political science from East Carolina University, has served in several leadership positions, and has experience working with over 40 campaigns for public office."
ALIPAC -- which is an abbreviation of 'Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee' has long-since-established itself as one of our nation's strongest voices against illegal alien amnesty. Gheen recently spoke with me about several issues relative to America's immigration situation. Some of our conversation is included below.


Joseph Ford Cotto: 
Opposition to illegal immigration is often portrayed as a key aspect of right-wing politics. Traditionally, though, immigration restriction has enjoyed broader appeal. More than anything else, what made the sands of public sentiment shift?

William Gheen: Restricting illegal immigration and hyper legal immigration in truth has broad appeal according to many scientific polls we have collected.  That is why Trump won.  Stopping illegal immigration and reducing legal immigration even has high levels of support among Democrats and black and Latino voters.  The only reason it is perceived as being a "Right Wing" issue in the past is because there are numerous organizations funded by George Soros, such as NCLR, Maldef, Lulac, PFAW, SPLC, ADL, America's Voice, etc...  that have gone around bad mouthing and distorting the truth about anyone that opposes open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens.  

These groups will address some actual right wing groups like the remnants of the KKK and Neo Nazis, and then expand their branding attempts to include any group including ALIPAC and FAIR as being "hateful right wing extremists out to harm immigrants."  They use these false attacks on groups that are clearly multi racial, racially inclusive and dedicated to peaceful processes to further their agenda.    They also use fear to stir up illegal immigrant and minority voters while trying to instill fear in any American that would oppose their invasion because being falsely branded a racist can cost you donors, supporters, jobs, friends, and your life.   

Minority American citizens that are wrongfully taught anyone that opposes amnesty is a hatefully and violent racist often feel justified responding with violent threats or actions.  While the slightest hint of political violence towards these left wing groups would bring the feds to the rescue quickly, Trump supporters are beaten bloody and unconscious in the streets with no such response.

Cotto: Economic fairness is a huge aspect of contemporary American politics. Even though the Great Recession has technically long since ended, the jobs many Americans find themselves eligible for fall beneath traditional expectations. Are immigration trends responsible for this in any meaningful way?
Gheen: Yes, most of the new jobs created since the great recession have gone to legal and illegal immigrants.  Wages have been depressed terribly and an unprecedented number of Americans have completely left the work force.  Tax and debt paying Americans can no longer work these jobs and still make ends meet at the new lower wages and many fields in construction, landscaping, meat processing, and other fields are no so dominated by foreign labor their is a hostile environment for American workers in these companies.  Yes, immigration is being used like a weapon against innocent American citizens to displace and replace us in our jobs, homes, communities, and elections.