It is a tale as predictable as the Sun rising in the East: Univision anchor Jorge Ramos has turned on President Joe Biden for being insufficiently hospitable towards the waves of migrants presently rushing the nation’s Southern border.
Here’s our periodic reminder that Ramos remains the sole national anchor with a syndicated column, this time succinctly titled “This Is Not What Biden Promised”:
Just as the president has failed in his well intentioned effort toward a “fair, orderly, and humane immigration system,” his drive to get Congress to approve an immigration reform that would legalize the majority of the 10 million undocumented immigrants in the United States has collapsed. The Senate does not have the 60 votes needed to approve an immigration reform or the political will to end the filibuster, which would allow passage of a new immigration law with just 50 votes.
Also failed was the plan to legalize millions of Dreamers and farm and essential workers through the complicated process of budget reconciliation in Congress. The Senate's parliamentarian has twice said “No.” And Democrats do not dare say no to the parliamentarian.
That leaves Biden in a precarious situation. None of his campaign promises on immigration – with the exception of Temporary Protective Status for Venezuelans – have been met.
Democrats, who today control the White House and both chambers of Congress, have been famous for promising much and delivering little. We have been hearing their promises since 1986, and millions of undocumented are still waiting. If this continues, and Biden and the Democrats don't do something dramatic and effective, Hispanic voters could revolt in the 2022 and 2024 elections.
Ramos is mad at all of it. When Quinnipiac’s recent poll revealed that 69% of Hispanics were dissatisfied with Biden’s handling of the border crisis, I warned that a significant portion of that figure consisted of people mad that the border has not been flung wide open enough, and Ramos’ column exemplifies that. Recall how Ramos and Biden went back and forth over his vote to fund the Secure Fence Act of 2006:
RAMOS: In 2006 you voted for a fence at the border with Mexico. How is that any different than with the border- and with the wall that President Trump wants to build?
BIDEN: We’re talking about a fence versus a wall that he wants to build from sea to shining sea.
RAMOS: But you wanted a wall. You voted for a wall.
BIDEN: I voted- yeah, but it was a small portion of this. It wasn’t- look, there are certain places where it makes sense...
RAMOS: It’s part of the concept, Mr. Vice President. The concept of building a wall.
BIDEN: The con… you mean if you build any wall anywhere, including at points of legal embarcation that….that’s the same as what this guy is doing? C’mon, Jorge.
RAMOS: I’m asking you, I’m just asking you, what’s the…
BIDEN: You know what you’re asking me- you’re not making an honest comparison.
RAMOS: You...you voted for a fence and Trump wants a fence and a wall, too, right?
BIDEN: No, he wants to spend billions of dollars on it…
RAMOS: He does. He does.
In the interest of accuracy, it is worth noting that Biden only ever promised to send a bill to Congress on Day One, which he did and which was dead on arrival. But Latino media had deeply invested itself in a narrative of radical change to our nation's immigration policy as a result of Biden's election. The border crisis and the death of both Biden's immigration bill and the scheme to stuff immigration reform into non-related legislation via reconciliation (which Ramos first gave oxygen to immediately after Biden took office) now make the activist Latino media look ridiculous.
Be sure to read the whole column, especially the part where Ramos declares Biden to now be as bad as Trump. And then remember why it is that Ramos and the rest of the Latino activist media are so vested in a porous border:
JORGE RAMOS, SENIOR ANCHOR, UNIVISION: I think the future of Spanish-language media is assured for decades, simply, for a very simple reason: Despite of the fact that the majority of the growth within the Hispanic community is coming from people being born here, we still have one to two million immigrants, legally and illegally coming in every single year. Most of them speak Spanish. So, therefore, we have a market that is growing and growing.
And I think we can assure you that in the next few decades, you'll see Spanish-language media. That's another topic completely, but the Latino community is keeping so many elements from their country of origin, including Spanish- 9 out of 10 Latinos speak Spanish...speak Spanish at home- that- and we're doing things that Italians didn't do, or Russians, or Eastern Europeans didn't do- and the closeness to our countries of origin and the communications that we have are keeping Spanish-language media alive. And thanks to that, it's a new power that other immigrant communities didn't have in the past.