Both sides agree on this: far fewer people are trying to get into the US since January 20th.
The numbers, unlike the politicians, don’t lie.
If you’re the Washington Post, you call this “fear”.
Funny thing, though: this “fear” is sort of how all kinds of government laws and rules work. You “fear” speeding tickets. You “fear” not paying your taxes.
Your “fear” is based on a very high expectation that the law is taken seriously, not just a sign or a policy that everyone winks at or pays lip service to.
You don’t wonder if there will be consequences. You know there will be. Your fear makes you abide by the laws, even when you don’t agree with them or see the wisdom of them.
So, goes the argument, Trump’s immigration “rhetoric” has sent a message. And people are getting it.
We do have borders.
We do have immigration laws and protocols.
There are right ways and wrong ways to enter the country, or stay here.
Interesting, isn’t it, that just by saying it with conviction, you can accomplish something?
But here’s the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey used to say. You have to follow through with action. What we can call the “rhetoric effect” is only temporary.
It’s a start. But it won’t be enough.