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Dreamers wake up to reality that Democrats stand for nothing

Ruben Navarrette Jr. on

SAN DIEGO -- What ended the government shutdown after only two-and-a-half days?

My vote goes to a devastating 30-second ad that arrived on the scene with the subtlety of an airstrike.

"Democrats." "Murder." "Illegal immigrants."

Those radioactive buzzwords -- which were featured in the spot released by President Trump's re-election campaign just a few hours into the stalemate and echoed by Republican operatives elsewhere -- likely brought the shutdown to a screeching halt.

The video -- titled "Complicit" -- only appeared online. But with social media, that's good enough. Besides, Republican sources said the ad was slated to hit TV airwaves in the coming days. This prospect must have terrified Democrats.

It's easy to see why. Against the backdrop of the U.S.-Mexico border and illegal immigrants led away in handcuffs, we see footage of undocumented immigrant Luis Bracamontes, the unrepentant killer of two police officers in 2014, whom the ad labels "pure evil." The voiceover spells out Trump's overly simplistic approach to combating such evil -- which includes building the border wall. At the moment, Trump is fixated on border enforcement and ending so-called "chain migration." Then we see images of three prominent Democrats -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois. Finally, the narrator delivers the knockout punch: "Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants."

The ad -- which was the subject of chatter on conservative radio shows and cable TV -- was unfair and untrue.

There is no guarantee that building a border wall and stopping the policy of family reunification will keep out immigrants who are "pure evil." And what about people who come with honorable intentions, but then turn to crime after many years of living in the United States? Should we keep them out, too?

The ad was also cynical to the point of being sinister.

It's ridiculous to blame Democrats for the evil acts of some of the undocumented just because lawmakers insist on having a say about who should come to the United States legally and what sort of border enforcement will stop those who come illegally.

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