With the political Left using the plight at the border to pander to their progressive base, Gruters decision to embark on a tour is a refreshing deviance from the typical photo op that is utilized by Democratic lawmakers.
Although dates and locations for appearances are not yet known, the immigration tour, which will also feature Rep. Cord Byrd, will be an important event for conservatives looking to reestablish the rule of law in not only Florida but the entire United States. The announcement has already taken center stage in the state and is now gaining traction nationally.
With so much at stake in 2020, both in Florida and for the entire country, Gruters' tour is certain to be a significant moment that will serve as a catalyst for future policy and legislation. Here are three reasons why his expedition is important to the ongoing immigration debate:
It Attempts to Solve a Crisis, Not Exacerbate It
While Democratic leaders like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are using the crisis at the border to score points within her party, Gruters and others are actually trying to find a solution to the lingering problem. Rather than take candid pictures for political purposes, or blame law enforcement and facilities that were not equipped to handle the skyrocketing numbers of illegal immigrants, the Sarasota Republican is taking a proactive measure to find an honest solution, targeting the people illegal immigration affects the most: the people of Florida.
And though the issue won't be solved overnight, at least Gruters and company are trying to turn lemons into lemonade -- not lemons into orange juice. Rather than politicize what is plaguing our borders, Gruters is attempting to combat a difficult affair that has been forced upon Americans.
Whether or not his tour will be successful is anyone's guess, but at least he and other Republicans are trying to find a solution, while liberals are using immigrants to pad their political stock.
It Sets Up Future Legislation on Immigration
Fresh off of banning sanctuary cities, Gruters is preparing for another round against immigration. On Monday, Gruters said that he wants to require Florida businesses to use a federal immigration database to check whether their workers are in the country legally.
"We can't have open borders," Gruters said. "And one of the things we have to get under control is making sure we understand who is coming into our system."
His comments could be a precursor to potential legislation that he may enact during the next legislative cycle. Making E-Verify mandatory is a high priority for advocates wanting to reform policies and implement tougher enforcement to discourage illegal immigration.
The tour also gives Gruters the ability to hear from Floridians and people who see firsthand the effects illegal immigration has on the state. It will also allow him to hear from those who may disagree with his stand on the controversial issue.
Such insight and debate are needed for a subject that has no plan of dissipating anytime soon. Gauging Floridians' fears and feelings on the matter could ultimately shape how Gruters enacts legislation.
It's the #1 Priority for President Trump and Republicans in 2020
Like a carousel, the topic of immigration is played in a contentious loop on every major network, dominating almost every headline and news feed. The white-hot emergency is not going away anytime soon, and Republicans running for office in 2020 will focus heavily on tackling the immigration problem.
With the 2020 elections around the corner, President Donald Trump is already putting together his platform for his reelection campaign. While there are many issues important to the president -- healthcare, foreign relations, etc. -- none take more precedence than the ongoing threat at the U.S.-Mexico border.
With that said, Florida is an important state for Trump in 2020. With the state slowly turning red -- curiosity of leaders like Gruters -- Florida's top priority will mirror the White House's agenda ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Democrats are tactically using the border crisis for their advantage, demonizing border agents and policies that hold illegal immigrants accountable. By doing this, they're using images at the border to falsely portray Trump and Republicans as failures when it comes to dealing with immigration. Unfortunately, they've provided no real solution, and in more ways than one, have used the backs of immigrants to fuel their political agenda.
In order to combat this, Republicans will look to point out the facts regarding what's really going on at the border. Florida will be vital in exposing the truth, and Gruters excursion could serve as a spark plug in opening the floodgates of immigration.
An ardent Trump supporter, Gruters tour will coincide with Trump's campaign platform in 2020.