Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus had a message for outspoken conservatives who support strict immigration enforcement policies: Shut up.
Yes, the head of the RNC is more concerned about protecting the party's Hispanic vote-pandering campaign than protecting law-abiding citizens from the devastating consequences of illegal immigration.
At the RNC's annual summer meeting in Boston, Priebus complained that openly advocating self-deportation policies during last year's election season was “horrific” and that rule-of-law rhetoric “hurts us.”
Priebus has yet to explain what exactly is “horrific” about telling foreign lawbreakers that they shouldn't wait for the government to eject them, and that the right thing for them to do would be to abide by our laws and go home on their own.
Tellingly, the RNC chair has no response to the families of all races, classes and creeds that have raised their voices against America's perilous deportation abyss, systematic non-enforcement and coddling of illegal-alien DREAMers who have wreaked violence and havoc on their lives.
The relatives of murdered Los Angeles teen Jamiel Shaw posed a question to Priebus on Twitter after the RNC chair's remarks at the GOP event: “How many Americans Have U Talked To Whose Kids were Killed by illegals?”
Priebus has not answered.
As I first reported in 2008, Jamiel, 17, was gunned down by Pedro Espinoza, 19, an illegal-alien Mexican. Young Espinoza was smuggled into the U.S. illegally when he was a toddler, just like all of the DREAMers the open-borders propagandists are extolling in sweeping terms.
One day after he was released from jail for serving time for assault with a deadly weapon, this known gang-banger was back on the streets. The feds failed to deport him. Local authorities failed to detain him. Espinoza celebrated his freedom by shooting star student athlete Jamiel execution-style for carrying a Spider-Man backpack, which the Latino 18th Street Gang thug mistook for gang colors. Jamiel's mother, Army Sgt. Anita Shaw, had to travel home from serving in Iraq on her second tour of duty to join her family in burying her son.
Espinoza was sentenced to death last fall. Grieving parents Anita and Jamiel Sr. and their loved ones have valiantly kept Jamiel's memory alive by supporting efforts to repeal dangerous illegal-alien sanctuary laws, spotlighting lapses in detention and deportation policy, calling attention to violent illegal-alien gangs targeting blacks in L.A. and opposing reckless bipartisan amnesty proposals.
Instead of phony promises of enforcement later for blanket amnesty now, we need immediate reform of our bloodstained, loophole-ridden, underfunded and systemically sabotaged criminal alien detention and deportation system.
I believe it's no coincidence that the RNC is now publicly marginalizing those who dare to challenge the rose-colored DREAMer propaganda of McCain-Graham-Rubio-Ryan-Mark Zuckerberg-La Raza.
Why won't Priebus acknowledge the horrific suffering of the Shaws and other families that have been harmed by illegal-alien nightmares? The political timing is inconvenient. Innocent lives be damned.
Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2009).