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In a special episode of Aguilar Opina, Alfonso Aguilar sat down exclusively with Republican Ron Johnson, who represents Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate, to discuss Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to the state and the consequences of the border policies she is leading.
Regarding Harris’ visit to Wisconsin, in which she met with a group of Latino leaders in an effort to win back a Hispanic community that is stampeding to the Republican Party, Senator Johnson believes that Democratic policies have not only affected Hispanics but the entire country.
Johnson pointed to inflation and fuel prices as direct consequences of Democratic policies, as well as rising crime rates and the epidemic of lethal drug overdoses entering through the southern border.
“Unfortunately, this fundamental transformation that President Biden talked about is destroying this country and hurting everyone,” Johnson said.
Even as Democrats strive to win back Hispanic support, Johnson thinks the effects of their policies are irreversible now that Latinos have identified common values in the Republican Party.
“[Hispanics] are people of faith, they have strong families, they want to strengthen their families, they’re incredible hard workers, they’re naturally conservative in their outlook, whether they identify as Republicans, Democrats or independents, they tend to have the same kind of beliefs that I certainly share,” Johnson said. “They see in America what I see: it’s the land of unlimited opportunity if you’re willing to work hard, if you have strong families, if you have faith. That’s a very conservative Republican view, it’s not what the radical left is about.”
Ron Johnson: “Democratic policies are dangerous.”
Border policy is, according to Johnson, one of the big problems facing the Democratic Party that increasingly alienates Americans, not just the Hispanic community, and he notes that that should be the focus of Republicans with respect to migration.
“The depravities [at the border] are hard to mention,” Johnson said, and made mention of the victims killed by cartels, drug trafficking and white slavery to which illegal migrants are subjected. “I’ve been to the border and I have a lot of sympathy for people who want to come to this country and work hard and build a better life for themselves and their families. Honestly, they are the vast majority of people crossing the border now, but there has to be a legal path, or else there will be abuse, there will be horrible abuse.”
In that sense, the senator thinks that Democratic policies are “facilitating the multi-billion dollar business model of some of the most evil people on the planet,” and that a legal immigration system that allows people to migrate to the United States more easily is the solution to the troubling border crisis.
Adding to the failure of border policies are initiatives such as defunding the police, which has had an effect on rising crime, particularly in Democratic cities.
“The left’s policies are crazy, but they’re worse than crazy, they’re dangerous,” Johnson said. “They are about protecting the criminal and they don’t care about the victim.”
The Republican also referred to the Democratic left’s drive to “resegregate” American society through the implementation in public education of critical race theory (CRT).
“I thought America had come to pretty much agree with Dr. Martin Luther King when he said we should judge people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin,” the senator said. “I thought we pretty much agreed with that and we were making progress. Listen, racism exists, there’s no question about it, but there’s a lot less of it. We are becoming a much more inclusive society and we should continue to be more inclusive, but the CRT is resegregating our society, it’s abandoning the worthy goal that Dr. Luther King set for all of us. It’s really tragic.”
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Tomás Lugo, journalist and writer. Born in Venezuela and graduated in Social Communication. Has written for international media outlets. Currently living in Colombia // Tomás Lugo, periodista y articulista. Nacido en Venezuela y graduado en Comunicación Social. Ha escrito para medios internacionales. Actualmente reside en Colombia.