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No Justice For Kate Steinle

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Rewarding Illegal Behavior

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Encouraging Lawlessness

Why are Democratic members of Congress encouraging illegal immigrants to come to America on the taxpayers' dime? Why are American organizations aiding and abetting illegal immigrants with no consequences? Chairman of ACT for America, Brigitte Gabriel joins Dan and Amy to discuss the magnitude of illegal border crossings and her own experience becoming an American citizen legally.

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Tabloid Moment In Our Politics

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The Northwest Side GOP and Chicago City Wire newspaper hosted a mayoral forum. Candidates included: John Kozlar, Jerry Joyce, Paul Vallas, Dr. Willie Wilson, Bob Fioretti, and LaShawn Ford. Topics ranged from the city’s financial problems, creating more choice and accountability in the Chicago Public School system, rooting out corruption, and more hot button issues like sanctuary city laws and guns. Dan Proft and Matt Podgorski moderated the event.

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ATTN Pelosi: Listen To The McCann Family

Can elevating stories of real people and real families affected by illegal immigrant crime change people’s hearts and minds about the wall? Right now the conversation is about the wall, but what about the detrimental effects of sanctuary city policies? Founder of Advocates for victims of illegal alien crime, Brian McCann joins Dan and Amy to share the tragic story of his brother’s murder by an illegal immigrant and how he got away with it.

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Feudalism At City Hall

Would Chicago still be a Trump free zone under a potential Mayor Chico? Does he think his friend, Ed Burke, should step down? Is bad behavior of alderman enabled by the way the City Council is set up? What does Chico want to do to raise revenue but lower property taxes? How does he intend on rooting out the systemic abuse at CPS? Mayoral candidate, Gery Chico joins Dan and Amy to discuss. 

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The Left’s Inability To Confront Violent Illegal Immigrants

Is Lanny Davis going on television to line his own pockets? Should Trump no longer worry about Russian collusion, but is he now vulnerable to the Feds combing through his financial records?  What did Elizabeth Warren have to say about “some girl” in Iowa that Fox News is obsessed with? Who really gave up their principles Never Trumpers or his supporters? Mike Gallagher joins Dan and Kristen McQueary to discuss.

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Good Policy Or Demagoguing?

How about “open-minded” college students at Ivy League institutions move into tents and let immigrant families stay in their dorm rooms? Would elitist academics and students applaud this opportunity to attach an action to their political beliefs? On a serious note, how many kids are going to be dragged on this dangerous journey to the U.S. border if the Democrats’ policy of as long as you have a child with you, you can be released into the country? Editor at TheStream.org, John Zmirak joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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“Sanctuary” For Gun Owners

Was it finally time to declare “sanctuary” for law-abiding gun owners? Are gun owners in Effingham County flipping the script on Democrats? Effingham County Board member, David Campbell joins Dan and Amy to explain his second amendment sanctuary county resolution.

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Media Spin On Trump’s VA Replacement

Is Trump’s appointment of his personal doctor overshadowing the fact he’s an admiral and WH doctor under Obama? Did Trump underestimate how badly he alienated his base by signing the $1.3T omnibus spending bill? Are the families victimized by illegal alien criminals now taking POTUS to task? Mike Gallagher joins Dan and Shaun to discuss.

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Division In The GOP Over Tariffs

Are Trump’s proposed tariffs going to put speed bumps on economic growth? Is Jeff Sessions going to pay a visit to Chicago and address Tiny Dancer and Governor Rauner on their sanctuary state/city policies? Is the left going to cling to their anti gun agenda to win over voters in the upcoming elections? Representative from the 6th Congressional District, Peter Roskam joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Tiny Dancer Institutionalizing Voter Fraud

The new Chicago ID for illegal immigrants would be a valid voter ID. What could go wrong? Is this what happens in a city with an absence of the rule of law? Does Tiny Dancer or any members of the Chicago City Council care that they are disenfranchising the vote of legal Chicago citizens? At least one member does. 41st Ward Alderman Anthony Napolitano joins Dan and Amy to make the case for the rule of law in Chicago.

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Proft: Good morning, Dan and Amy, and Amy, the widow of Commander Paul Bauer issued this letter of thanks to the city. Jacobson: Yeah, it's really touching. I can't read all of it, you know for time constraints, but basically it starts with "I sit here writing a letter that I never thought I'd have to write. On February 13th, my husband and Grace's dad, Paul Bauer, was violently taken from us. Needless to say, our hearts are broken in a million pieces and our lives are forever changed. But that's not the reason I am writing. I'm writing to thank the people of the great city of Chicago for the outpouring of love and support at this horrendous time in our lives. Paul would have been terribly upset that inconvenienced so many of you with parking restrictions in our beloved Bridgeport. He would have winced at the thought the Dan Ryan closed down for the funeral procession. He never wanted to be in the spotlight. He never thought of himself, only others. I want to thank those of you that waited HOURS in the cold to attend his wake and funeral. You have no idea how much that meant to us. If I wasn't...If I wasn't out of tears, I would have cried the entire route to the cemetery. I want you to know that I saw each and every one of you who stopped on the side of the road to salute as the hearse went by. I saw the blue blanket draped on the fence along the Expressway, and the large banners with Paul's pictures. I saw people of every color taking time out of their day, not only to pay respects to Paul, but to the entire Chicago Police Department. They are the men and women who selflessly put their lives on the line each day to protect people they don't even know, they are my new family." And then in closing, she writes "One man almost stole my faith in humanity, but the city of Chicago and the rest of the nation restored it, and I want to thank you for that. Sincerely, Erin Bauer." Proft: Very thoughtful, well-written letter, very nice, and she's right about being such a unifying event for the city, which is nice because those sorts of things rarely happen in this city. I mean, the last instance like that I can remember that was similar was Cardinal George's funeral. So anyway, I want to get to some issues, but since our next guest, prior to being a Chicago Alderman, Chicago firefighter, Chicago Police officer if I'm remembering correctly. He is Anthony Napolitano, who is the Alderman for the 41st Ward of Chicago. Anthony, thanks for joining us again, appreciate it. Napolitano: Good morning, thank you very much for having me. Proft: And just want to get, as a first responder yourself, and your previous career, just want to get your...give you an opportunity to reflect on Commander Bauer and what his wife had to say, as you just heard Amy read. Napolitano: You know, it's absolutely incredible, I'd like to say God...you know, rest in peace to Commander Bauer. My brother worked for him, he had the great opportunity to work for him, great man. You will never hear a bad word about the commander. And I think she's right, I think that when the city feels like you lose hope, especially with all the crime issues. that there is faith, and there is...we can find humanity in our Police Department. They're not all bad apples, there's a lot of incredible apples in that department, and they're willing to jump in when everyone's jumping out. So you know, I can't say how proud of him I am as a man and as a Police officer because he wore that uniform with pride and he showed it. Proft: Well, moving on to this issue that is generating less pridefulness in the city; municipal ID cards, that "Tiny Dancer" is launching for undocumented immigrants, and others..."will be a valid form of identification for people both registering to vote and voting in Chicago," according to a letter he sent out to you and your colleagues on the City Council last week. Now, you know, I try to keep up on these things, but...is voting in Chicago...is it still that you have to be a US Citizen and a registered voter to vote there? Or is that no longer the case, can people bring in proxy votes from Central America? Napolitano: *laughing* No, you still have to be registered, you still have to be a US Citizen. And one thing that really irks me as well is you don't even...it is right now, as you now...you don't even have to show an ID, it's just done by signature, which is another issue that I think should be covered, besides how I believe this municipal ID is not a good idea. I think that going into a voting booth and saying "Yeah, I'm Tim Smith." and them saying "Okay, sign here. Now go vote." I think that's another guard we're putting down, we're taking our rights away from our citizens. Proft: Well, yeah, and how is this is a valid identification to register to vote when it is by definition an ID for people who are ineligible to register to vote, at least in part? Napolitano: That's what drives me crazy. Now I'm just gonna put this out there, I'm not anti-immigrant, I'm the first-generation son of an immigrant, so that anti-immigrant stuff is nonsense. Here...look at this concept alone. You're giving an ID for people to...and you're basically stating that you can take this and go in to vote. But guess what? After you register and get this working ID...we're gonna throw out all the information on you, so that no one can follow up with you. No one can find out what, you know...if you aren't a resident, if you are illegal, here illegally, no one could follow up with you, because we're getting rid of that information, which shows that this shouldn't be done anyways! We're giving a documented ID to people who are not documented. (Proft laughs in disbelief.) And in the statement, it's saying "Hey, guess what? The onus is on the Board of Elections to ask you and hope that you attest to being a resident or a citizen." So I mean... Jacobson: So, what do you need to bring forward to get this ID? A bank account statement, a water bill, a gas bill, birth certificate... Napolitano: Amy, that's the greatest part. If you look at it, it's based on a three-point system, and you have to get up to three points to get...to have the valid forms to get this ID. I think one of them is to have A NAME. It's so ridiculous, the setup to get to three points. It's...they have it all written down, I don't know it all verbatim but I can send that to you guys as well. But when you look at it, you're gonna get the three points just for having a power bill, for a bill to your house, and that's understandable but...for your kids being in school you can have one, that...but anybody can get that these days. Proft: *stammering* I mean...I mean...my...my...oh my head...you and a couple of your colleagues have pointed out the obvious. Nick Sposato who is a 38th Ward Alderman, "I'm not sure the validity of this, they may not have citizenship, voter fraud would be my biggest concern." Oh, do you think? Gilbert Villegas, though, the Latino Caucus Chairman on the City Council said this, "It's not changing the state law, and there's nothing stopping someone from getting a fake ID now and going to try to vote." Well, that's a really interesting argument that Viegas makes. So nothing stops someone from trying to commit voter fraud right now...so let's INSTITUTIONALIZE voter fraud to make it easier! Napolitano: Yeah, you know...and I'm a big fan of Gil, we get along great. I think on that topic, the weak comeback for a lot of other people is, "Well, we're hoping this...this is not going to be an issue." Well, we're giving the opportunity for it to BE an issue. And I just...I can't...I don't sleep well at night thinking about that. That's...that's just not right, we're supposed to be defending citizens' rights, and we're saying "Hey, we don't THINK this is going to be an issue! But if it is, we'll deal with it when happens." And that's wrong, and here's the best thing: how convenient that this is happening right before an election cycle? I mean... Proft: *laughs loudly* Well, I mean...yeah...just...*hands in air*...it's INSANE. Jacobson: So, is there any way to stop this? Napolitano: I don't...you know what...I don't...here's what I know and it doesn't let me sleep well at night, is when we sat in these meetings talking about this ID, I and a couple of other colleagues say "Well, is this gonna be used for voting?" And it was LAUGHED UPON, it was like "No, this is gonna give people that don't have IDs the ability to cash their checks, or to get a Library card." It was actually LAUGHED at, "Oh, you're crazy to think that this could be used for VOTING." And then, in their general...in their ordinance, it says "Hey, you can use this to vote!" I mean, is it gonna be stopped? I don't know, it matters on how many people we can get together to say "You're writing what you can do with this, and that's VOTE." Proft: Well this side...this...this is unconstitutional (Napolitano: Absolutely!), and it has to be litigated. And the...I...do they understand, umm, you have the possibility, the DISTINCT possibility I would say, of disenfranchising someone from their vote. If somebody votes illegally, that is taking away the vote of a police officer, a firefighter, a first responder, an ALDERMAN for that matter. It is...it is...this is LUNACY! This is the absence of the rule of law. Napolitano: This is the absolute fear that a handful of us had going into these meetings, that this was going to happen. And just a short couple of months later, it's exactly what the iD is being used for. And it...it's...it is SO unconstitutional and it's so...we're taking away American rights of voting, the right to be a citizen that you have the right to vote in elections. We're taking that away! And I don't think anybody's really batting an eye at it! It scares me! It's not right. Proft: And then do you think it has something to do with...and you mentioned that, you know...oh, not coincidentally, this is in cycle, and you have a certain Mayor who is basically a persona non grata in the black community, he's gonna need the Latino community to get re-elected. And does that perhaps have anything to do with it? Jacobson: *sarcastically* NOOOOOOO...... Napolitano: I think it's...I mean, when you look at when this is coming out, it's right before an election cycle. And it states in the ordinance, "Hey, you can vote like this!" I mean, it's telling people "You can go vote". And then on top of it, in the ordinance it's written "We will destroy all of your information after you come and get your ID.", which means nobody can follow up with you after you got your ID. So, what are we doing? We're...we're working in reverse. Jacobson: I'm reading this point system that you turned me onto, I mean it's unbelievable. You can have a Driver's License from a FOREIGN country, that's worth two points. (Napolitano: Yes!) I mean, it's crazy! Even if you have an EXPIRED foreign passport, you can bring that in, THAT is worth two points. Napolitano: Yeah, and I mean, correct if I'm wrong, but it was that you just had to get to three points, correct? Jacobson: Exactly. So I can just bring in an expired passport from ten years ago and that's worth two points, and I just have to show something else. I mean... Napolitano: I'll tell you one thing...sitting at election booths in the last couple elections, one of the things I noticed people are very VERY angry about, and they actually disclaim it in the voting booths is "Why don't you WANT to see my ID?" And that makes people angry. Jacobson: I say that EVERY TIME. Napolitano: Yeah! Jacobson: Alderman, I say that every time. I go "Don't you want to see it?" They go "No no, we know who you are." I go "No no! But do you REALLY know who I am? Here's my ID!" Napolitano: Yeah, and it's based off a signature. You know how many people we had since I've been in this position, now, the number of calls to the office that..."Hey, I went in the booth to vote, and I was told I'd already voted." I mean, that's...all you have to do is look at the voting sheets and say "Hey, this guy votes this way for the last 30 years, but he hasn't voted in five years." Somebody can look at those sheets and go "Hey, he ain't gonna be there, I'm gonna go in and vote on his behalf." Jacobson: Yeah, I have a friend who has two homes...yeah, she has two homes and she votes twice. EVERY ELECTION, votes twice. And I tell her every time "You're gonna get arrested for voter fraud! I hope you do." Proft: Well, the voter fraud is just a fictional thing, according to so many on the Left, who...that we talk to, and talk about...that doesn't exist. Well, Chicago's trying to remedy that, if it doesn't exist, to make SURE that it exists! Unbelievable. 41st Ward Alderman Anthony Napolitano, Anthony thanks so much for joining us and talking about this issue, appreciate it. Napolitano: My pleasure, thanks for having me!

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Proft: Good morning, Dan and Amy. Can we get a deal done on DACA? Lindsay Graham certainly hopes so. Jacobson: Yeah he made a...used the media yesterday to make a direct plea to President Trump. Graham (from tape): Mr. President, close the deal! 80% of Americans want to give the DACA Kids a better life, and 80% of Americans want to secure our border and fix a broken immigration system. It's gonna take you, Mr. President, working with Republicans and Democrats, to get this done. It's not gonna be done on Twitter, by tweeting. It's gonna be done by talking, and understanding. Proft: Yeah, the...it's kind of a complicated, three-dimensional challenge, though. Not just because of the demagoguery of Durbin and others on the left and the question of their sincerity in getting any kind of deal done that would be serious about border security, despite the fact that, you know, a barrier plus security? It actually works! Imagine that. New York Post, Paul Sperry reporting on El Paso. Jacobson: Oh, yeah. Where there's already a wall in place. I lived in El Paso. Proft: Yeah. When the project first started in 2006, illegal crossings were 122k, by 2010 when the 131-mile fence was completed, from one end of El Paso out into the New Mexico desert, immigrant crossings shrank to 12,251, immigrant crossings. So that's basically a reduction by a factor of ten. So it does work. But Dave Brat, of course...Congressman from Virginia who replaced Eric Cantor, he sat down with an interview for...with Ginny Thomas, Connor Thomas' wife, for Daily Caller. And he said this...here's the challenge with respect to DACA, plus new immigrants, plus welfare reform. Brat (from tape): in 2016 we allowed in 1.8 million, legal and illegal, last year, in one year, 1.8 million. So that's 2 million, plus forma (?), that's 6 million people. And, we've got a bank shot coming...a double bank shot...because we also want to do welfare reform. So Paul Ryan is a genius on welfare reform, so this is all good, going way back, right? Robert Rector and Heritage and all this kind of thing. But the confusing thing there is we're gonna take able-bodied people, right, that have left the workforce, so they're not even counted in the unemployment numbers anymore, so the unemployment rate is really low, it's 3 or 4. But it would be 8 if you counted these folks, right? 20 million people that have left the labor force, they've been displaced by something. So now immigration, we've got 6 million people coming in in one year, displacing American workers, right? And we're gonna do welfare at the same time, trying to get those people who were just displaced back in the workforce. So it's just a colossal problem, we basically have to fix all of this. Proft: And he's multiplying from the 800k based on the idea that if you don't do anything about chain migration or, you know, to address Durbin's delicate sensibilities, family reunification, as the basis for immigration. We were just talking with Joe Pollack about it, give the Dreamers status and then allow them to bring in family members, your backdooring into the country people who did come here illegally of their own volition, and what kind of sense does that make? And then you get to the larger numbers that Brad is talking about and then the implications in the context of welfare reform you want to do, and then underemployed Americans that are looking for work. Turns out to be pretty complicated, and the only person I know that can distill it for us is Victor Davis Hanson, National Review Columnist, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute, and author of the new book "The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict was Fought and Won"...VDH, thanks so much for joining us, appreciate it. Hanson: Thank you for having me. Proft: So, you opined on this topic, I read your piece in the LA Times. And you started with kind of...let's establish a baseline about these 800k DACA beneficiaries or "Dreamers", to distinguish the actual universe from the stylized vision of them that is being promoted by the press. Hanson: Well I mean, they're not all 19 years old at Stanford, and I mean, the average age is somewhere between 24 and 26. They did come as minors, but most of them are no longer minors, and that means they've had four or five years to address their immigration status as adults, but very few of the 800k did. We hear a lot that they're in the military, less than 1/3 of 1% actually join the military of the 800k, no more than 900 people. And only 5% have ever graduated from high school, about half have dropped out of high school...excuse me, only 5% graduate from college, half have only graduated from high school or are still in high school. So it's...that statistic is kind of what I see, I'm at sort of ground zero of central California. I'm speaking to you when I have neighbors about a quarter-of-a-mile away that are mostly illegal from Mexico. And I don't see...I see their parents, people in their 40s and 50s who came, but I don't see a lot of the children going to Harvard or going out every day and working. We've had a terrible gang problem here, the local town met last night to address the growing epidemic of crime, and it's what a rational person might expect if you were going to import half a million people from one of the poorest areas in Mexico and Central America, and people were going to come without legality, without a high school diploma, and without English. So, how this translates into Democratic politics, I don't think the Democrats can negotiate. Because their whole Electoral College strategy is predicated on flipping the American Southwest from Red to Purple to Blue. And part of that strategy is bringing in voters from very impoverished regions and having them dependent on subsidies and...they don't say that, but if I were a Democratic strategist like Jennifer Palmeri...well, just wrote a memo, the Clinton former Communications Director, saying, you know, "We really need DACA, because it's central to our strategy." She's right about that. So, that's what it's about, and to the degree that Lindsay Graham is sort of wishy-washy or squishy, it's a larger issue for a lot of the Chamber of Commerce, Wall Street Journal Republicans, they want inexpensive labor. (Jacobson: Well you mentioned the...) And between inexpensive labor and...I'm sorry, go ahead. Jacobson: Well yeah, you mentioned the people that live near you and the gang problem in your neighborhood...do you want ICE to just come in and round everyone up and send them back to Mexico? Do you think that's the solution, or maybe just the gang bangers? Hanson: Well I would think that all of us; I, you, your audience...we all know what the solution is. It's to look at the 11 million people who are here illegally, and say you broke the law, the first thing you did when you came here, with the exception of the DACA people, you broke the law. And then it became easier to break other laws, like Federal affidavits or Social Security applications, or disability where people use phony names. But we can solve this problem by saying build the wall, have E-Verify, stop chain migration, and in exchange for that, allow us...and allow us to deport people who have no work history...there's some of them that have never worked, or have committed a serious misdemeanor or felony. And then the rest of the people who speak...can...willing to learn English, to pay a fine, who have a work history, and have not been on public assistance, have not committed a crime...and I don't know how many of that 11 million pool would qualify, but it might be as much as 5 million, not give them AMNESTY but say here's a Green Card. And what you want to do with that Green Card, whether you want to renew it every year, and you qualify, more power to you. If you want to apply for citizenship, get in line like everybody else. And I think that's the solution, but I don't think that can happen because that's antithetical to what the Democratic Party sees as its success in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and it's not gonna give up on the borders, it's just not. Proft: What....well, right, and Republicans don't do a great job in cornering them to admit what they want is open borders, they wouldn't exclude anybody. They want they want to do immigration policy is based on the perspective of the person who wants to come here, instead of based on the perspective of the American people, including all of the immigrants who ARE here. And I think if you could kind of distill that for the populace, you could kind of cut through some of the racial demagoguery. Hanson: I think so, but in reference to the anecdote, I just deduced...when the SWAT Team did come, it didn't make much difference because we're a Sanctuary State, and we're also, my local community, a Sanctuary City. So it's illegal for them when they came and saw people heading out through the orchards and vineyards in flight, they couldn't pursue them. Because if they were to find out that they were here illegally, and they didn't actually see them committing a crime, there's nothing they could do. And they know that. And there's other things that happened that we're not supposed to talk about, but if you look at certain statistics...so half of all the accidents in Los Angeles County are hit and run. And we have work...California is only 1/6th of the population, we have 1/3 of all the welfare recipients, 22% of people live below the poverty line, one out of every four people in the state wasn't born here in the United States, one out of three people admitted to the hospital for any reason whatsoever are found out to have Type 2 onset diabetes. So there's an enormous amount of social and criminal, justice, educational, and legal challenges that happen when you have immigration that's not diverse...they really talk about diversity but 1/4 of immigrants are from Mexico, and the other quarter are coming from Central America and Latin America. And it's not measured, and it's not legal. Proft: Well, and just to pick up on that, there's an interesting piece by Tyler Cohen, and of course the Left wants to make this about "If you're not for open borders, then you don't like black and brown people and don't want them to come here", and the President's comments didn't help. But Tyler Cohen did an interesting piece in Bloomberg where he points out how educated so many of the African immigrants coming to this country are. 42% of individuals born in Africa and living in the United States have a Bachelor's Degree or better. Those coming from Nigeria, 17% have Master's Degrees, and 3/4 of African immigrants speak English. So there's a group of individuals that are going to have a much easier time assimilating, they've got an educational background that makes it disproportionately likely that they'll be self-sufficient. So, okay, FINE, from Nigeria or other African countries with education, you know, even poorer countries with education and the ability to be self-sufficient and fluency in the language, great, no problem! It's these other problems that present themselves when you don't have a merit-based system like one that brings in individuals as I'm describing. Hanson: I think that's true. And that same paradigm holds true for Latin America. We have people in Fresno County that come from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and they don't come en masse, and they don't come illegally, and they don't come without high school diplomas, and they integrate, assimilate, and intermarry very quickly. That everybody...every statistic, every study that's ever been shown is that if you bring people from one place, and they come in great numbers, and they don't know the native language or customs, and the attitude of the host is to treat them in a tribal manner and not assimilate them...and that's pretty much what we do now in California, then you're not going to have assimilation or integration. And if you're not going to have assimilation and integration, then you're not going to have parity with a host population. If you don't have parity, then the state's going to have to stop...step in and say "Here is help with education, here is help with welfare, here is help with healthcare, here is help with criminal justice, and if you're going to do that, then you're going to develop an industry that says "Well, they don't have parity, not because they came illegally, don't have a high school diploma, but because the host was illiberal, racist, xenophobic." And then you have that entire identity politics process continue, and that's...I hate to be so cynical, but that's what the Progressive movement wants. And that's what, when I hear that they're not going to negotiate on DACA or...Durbin...Durbin could no more go into that meeting and with it...you know, without being disingenuous, he couldn't go in there and just be empirical and say "Mr. President, we really want to protect these 800 kids. If they haven't committed a crime, and they're working or in school, let's just finish the wall. We used to be for a wall, we used to be for E-Verify, we used to oppose chain migration. I myself said that on the record. Let's cut a deal." That's not going to happen. It can't happen. Proft: He is Victor Davis Hanson, historian...you can get his writings at the National Review, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and the new book from Victor Davis Hanson, "The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict was Fought and Won". Victor Davis Hanson, thanks as always for joining us, appreciate it. Hanson: Thank you.

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Why is a second-generation Mexican immigrant with six kids who does everything right still not able to get ahead? Why is he sometimes working seven days a week to provide for his family and put his kids through college while others who are here illegally get these luxuries for free? Dan and Amy talk to a Chicago electrician who gives a perfect holistic explanation about everything wrong and unfair in Illinois.

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Proft: You're on Chicago's Morning Answer. Cristobal: Yeah, hi. How you doing? Proft: Good. Cristobal: Nice...nice to get a hold of you guys. Hey, I just want to give you my perspective. I'm 2nd generation Mexican, my father's from Mexico. I did everything right, I worked, I did extra...I served four years in the service. I'm here now in Chicago, I've got six kids, I put three of my kids through college, I'm still paying on it. I've got three other kids, and it really makes me upset because my wife don't work, she takes care of the other kids, and I'm always hustling, trying to make ends meet. And there's people coming here, and they're getting free college. And they're saying "They're good people!" I'm not saying they're not good people! I know most of them are good people, hard workers. But why am I working so hard just to pay my college? I tried applying for financial aid, they said I make too much. I mean, yeah I make good money, but I got six kids, my wife doesn't work, I'm a Union electrician, I mean...I know I don't make good money, but it's not right! Now I gotta pay all these fees, and these people are just getting handouts. I work six, seven days a week sometimes just to keep afloat! I don't know where...and I stay in Chicago, TRY to stay in Chicago so I can afford the taxes, but now the taxes are going higher, it's getting unaffordable to live in Chicago. And then there's a lot of people who live by me, they're renting out their attics, their basements, their paying their mortgages. I live in one house, with all my kids, my family, and I'm paying everything myself, but these people are renting out their attics, their basements, and then people in Chicago wonder where...why they don't have no money? Because these schools are overcrowded, because these houses are getting taxed for residential when they're actually (free flats?) because they're renting basements, they're renting the attics out. It just seems like I can't get ahead. But that's never told when you live in Chicago, in a Hispanic neighborhood. Proft: Did I tell you...Cristobal, did I tell you Cristobal had something important to say? I undershot it! Cristobal, that is an excellent dissertation on a...kind of the "holistic explanation" for everything that is wrong and unfair and upside down in Chicago, in Illinois. Exactly!

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