Michael Shannon, 3/27/2020 [Archive]

Perfect Time for Trump to Fight the Other Alien Invasion

Perfect Time for Trump to Fight the Other Alien Invasion

By Michael Shannon


While it's all-hands-on-deck fighting the invasion of an alien virus, it's an ideal time to fight our continuing invasion of aliens, too.

The Wall Street Journal reports, "Hospitals in parts of New York City have become so full of critically ill patients that they have steered ambulances elsewhere." And "hospitals in pandemic epicenters have passed a tipping point in the fight against the new coronavirus."

John Milne, with Washington's Providence St. Joseph Health, agreed. "The company's Swedish Issaquah Campus hospital has run out of beds for incoming COVID-19 patients. 'We're on the threshold of being overwhelmed.'"

Lewis Kaplan, president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, told the Washington Post (WoePost), "We are now on crisis footing. What you take as first-come, first-served ...medicine is not where we are. We are now facing some difficult choices in how we apply medical resources."

If that's not a crisis, what is? It's a perfect occasion to reestablish U.S. sovereignty and the power of immigration law.

President Trump should issue an executive order governing the distribution of China Flu relief that puts U.S. citizens first. States that pledge to limit emergency room slots, ICU beds and ventilators to U.S. citizens will go to the top of the list for aid.

Prioritizing citizens over lawbreakers will be called "cruel" by moral exhibitionists. The same conspirators supporting illegal alien sanctuaries. That blatant obstruction of justice has allowed illegal aliens to repeatedly kill citizens on the streets. It's time to draw a line before the mere presence of an illegal kills citizens in the ICU.

Betsy McCaughey found, "In NYC, 1 out of every 4 people with a confirmed case has been hospitalized and 44 percent of them have needed a ventilator." Back in 2015 New York was 16,000 ventilators short in the event of an epidemic. New York is still thousands short today.

Rationing hospital beds and ventilators is currently a topic of serious discussion. Lugubrious Gov. Andrew Cuomo vented his wrath at the suggestion we exhume the economy and let younger people work, "My mother is not expendable. Your mother is not expendable. ... No one should be talking about social Darwinism for the sake of the stock market."

What I want to see is Sanctuary Cuomo telling his mom ventilator rationing means there's no room in the ICU for her because a younger illegal was deemed more likely to survive the Kung Flu.

In Washington state, age and existing disease will be used to determine who gets a ventilator. Medical organizations paralyzed by political correctness are considering using a random lottery, only this time the Mega Millions prize is four weeks on a ventilator.

Second prize is a pillow and Fentanyl.

Another proposal gives patients a ventilator audition that reverses "The Masked Singer." Patients get five days on a machine and if they don't improve doctors take the mask away. All rationing plans involve the participation of an impartial death panel that adds up a patient's score and - unless she's Cuomo's mom - decides between the ventilation and elimination.

The New York Times quotes Christopher McCabe, of the Institute of Health Economics in Canada. "There's no perfect way to choose who gets lifesaving treatment. At times like these, society may be more forgiving of utilitarian decision making."

Putting citizens first is both rational and utilitarian.

Federalism means states will determine rationing criteria. What Trump should demand is the first decision point be geography. If you aren't a U.S. citizen or Green Card holder, then it's time to head home for healthcare.

Being the ER for Latin America is a luxury we can no longer afford.

This order would put political pressure on sanctuary states to explain to families why Pedro got the ventilator and PawPaw didn't. Sanctuary state residents may have previously downplayed murders by illegals as a byproduct of wrong-place-wrong-time bad luck. Being told your family suffers from wrong-disease-wrong-time by a state functionary should end their passivity for all time.

States compliant with Real ID driver's licenses can use that for verification. States without can use passports, birth certificates or some other method approved by the Trump administration.

Trump could soften the blow by offering to fly the illegal's entire family home if they agree to never return. And to prove I'm not entirely heartless, the flight doesn't have to be on Spirit Airlines. I hear United currently has plenty of excess capacity.

The point is during this crisis, U.S. citizens who play by the rules should have absolute priority over all the sad stories and claims of abuse by people who broke the law to enter our country. They gambled when they crossed the border and now it's time to collect their bets.

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Copyright 2020 Michael Shannon, distributed by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Michael Shannon is a commentator and public relations consultant, and is the author of "A Conservative Christian's Guidebook for Living in Secular Times." He can be reached at mandate.mmpr@gmail.com.

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