Migrants who are caught selling drugs should not be deported but instead be given jobs within the community, a unique perspective that would seem to some to be rewarding criminal behavior while doing little to address the nation’s ongoing illegal immigration crisis which has gotten exponentially worse since President Joe Biden took office.
At least that’s the opinion of one San Francisco advocate who represents a local nonprofit organization that, among other things, assists migrants in finding employment in the once pristine northern Californian city, one of America’s finest before decades of one-party Democrat rule eventually transformed it into a filthy, crime-ridden hellhole. With one of the country’s worst problems with homeless drug addicts, the famous streets are lined with human feces and drug needles, with some areas so squalid that they resemble slums typically seen in third-world countries.
(Video: Fox News)
Del Seymour, the co-founder of Code Tenderloin joined Fox News anchor Jesse Watters on Friday’s edition of “Jesse Watters Primetime” where he voiced his opposition to a plan to send illegal alien drug dealers from Central America, who are busted for dealing drugs such as fentanyl, back to where they came from.
Asked by Watters why he wasn’t on board with deporting criminals selling drugs, Seymour responded, “Well, you know, it’s not that simple, black-and-white answer. You know, that deportation could be the last resort after you’ve gone through other means,” explaining that his solution would be to offer them job opportunities.
“You know, we invite people here in a sanctuary city but we do not allow them to work,” he said. “That’s a set-up in itself, how are these people going to feed themselves… or put shoes on their feet.”
Seymour also told an incredulous Watters that “we do not allow undocumented workers to work in San Francisco,” while acknowledging that there are “plenty illegal aliens working in San Francisco other than selling drugs, but they’re doing it under the table.”
“So they’re making cash and they are not paying any taxes on, it got it,” Watters replied. “Why wouldn’t you just send someone home immediately, Del? I mean what if they just sell drugs to us, put us in a body bag, you’re saying keep them around for a while and give them a job?”
Seymour responded, “Well, again, it’s not that black and white, they are here for a reason, They left that country for a reason. Why would we send them back to that misery although they’re causing misery here…”
Watters shot back, “They came here to sell drugs, they’re working for the cartels, they’re wiring the money home to build mansions in Honduras.”
“You know, and I saw your story last night,” Seymour said, acknowledging the grim reality. “That’s true that there are some people may be building a so-called mansion but the majority of the 500 dope dealers every day don’t have a pot to piss in.”
“Those poor dope dealers, that’s who you feel sorry for?” Watters asked his guest. “You don’t feel sorry for the Americans that are dying on the streets?”
Seymour responded by noting that he himself was a drug addict for 18 years.
“Wouldn’t it be better if the drug dealers were deported instead of selling you drugs?” Watters asked.
“We are the city of love and compassion, San Francisco. We are a sanctuary city. Why would we go against that?” Seymour defended his stance.
Watters replied, “I think your love and compassion is killing people.”
Seymour writes on the group’s website: “Every day in the Tenderloin, people have to resort to all types of menial and sometimes illegal behaviors in order to provide themselves and their families with the basic needs and wants in life. When you cross over Market Street, it is a whole different world simply because people are in jobs making $80,000, $120,000, or more a year. I wanted the people in the Tenderloin and other San Francisco neighborhoods to be able to gain access to those same opportunities for economic stability. I wanted them to face the decision of where they were going to send their kids to college, rather than if they could send them.”
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