Skip to comments.Quit Playing Politics with Kids
Posted on 07/12/2014 1:18:13 PM PDT by Kaslin
Some 50,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed our borders in recent months, and those capable of helping resolve the crisis won't even talk to each other much less come up with a decent plan. This week, President Obama asked Congress for supplemental appropriations to deal with processing the minors and to discourage more from coming, but House Republicans so far have balked at considering the request. "We are not giving the president a blank check," House Speaker John Boehner declared. Republicans want the administration to do more to stop the flow of kids into the U.S., which is reasonable.
So why don't the two men sit down and work it out? That's their job. Instead, both sides seem more worried about their political bases than they do about solving the problem.
Obama worries that if he pushes too tough of a line by seeking changes to the law that would allow for expedited removal of the kids, he'll alienate Hispanic voters. And besides, GOP recalcitrance to provide money to properly house these kids makes Republicans look mean, which helps Democrats with more moderate voters, especially women, in the months leading up to the midterm elections.
Republican leaders worry that anything that looks like being soft on illegal immigration -- even if it means providing decent beds and meals to little kids -- will enrage the small fraction of the GOP base that stokes the fires on this issue. What's more, releasing these children to relatives in the U.S. while they await deportation proceedings likely encourages more kids to come.
Last year, fewer than 4,500 unaccompanied minors were deported or allowed to leave voluntarily after hearings before immigration judges. Republicans argue -- not without justification -- that the low odds that unaccompanied minors will be sent home send the message to families that all they have to do is get their kids across the border to keep them safe.
But none of these reasons justifies doing nothing. Republicans should take up bills to appropriate money to provide proper shelter to the kids, as well as to hire more immigration judges so that their cases can be adjudicated as required by law. But the administration must do more to close loopholes in current law that allow unaccompanied minors from Central America to be treated differently than Mexican kids -- who are processed expeditiously and sent home with the agreement of their government.
And immigrant advocates need to step up, as well. The huge influx of unaccompanied minors this year virtually guaranteed that the House would not take up sensible changes in law to admit more immigrants legally. Immigration opponents have been claiming for years that our borders are not secure, and this influx -- erroneously -- seems to prove the point. Never mind that illegal immigration is lower now than it has been in decades. Never mind that the Obama administration has, in fact, deported more illegal immigrants than any administration in history. The kids aren't sneaking across the border; they walk up to border patrol agents and plead: "Apprehend me."
Nonetheless, immigration reform advocates -- as I surely am -- need to make it clear that we want the kids to stop coming. It is dangerous for them and an unfair burden on American taxpayers. And, from a purely pragmatic position, the continued migration makes comprehensive reform far less likely. The anti-reform crowd couldn't have come up with a more effective strategy to derail immigration reform than to send a children's crusade across our southern border.
Solving the border crisis is not rocket science. The long-term solution requires changes to U.S. law that would allow more immigrants and guest workers to come here legally. We need their skills (high and low), they boost our economy, and it is who we are: a nation built by immigrants.
But right now, our elected officials need to quit playing politics. They need to feed, shelter and care for the kids who are already here in proper, humanitarian fashion -- as required by U.S. law. But they must also discourage more kids from coming, and like it or not, that means sending the new arrivals home as quickly (and humanely) as legally feasible.
Both of these actions require the White House and Congress to work out their differences. It's time to stop playing politics with the kids.
Game theory. If one side plays and you don’t then you lose. So, as long as Obama plays the rest of us must too.
I doubt even one kid gets deported and I think that was the plan all along. 50,000 Mexicans can produce millions of new indoctrinated voters within the next 10 years and they know it.
I had one thought about this. Were the kids kidnapped?
It’s not a game.
I stop reading when chattering class hacks like Linda Chavez say, “Stop playing politics with _______.”
Who could disagree with that sentiment?! Everyone has contempt for politics, right? I’m sure after she wrote this ineffable twaddle, Linda Chavez sat back triumphantly, as if that’s the first time that’s ever been uttered, and as if she’d made a reasoned argument. (Hot tip, Linda: you haven’t.)
Politics is never playing, and it’s neither silly nor contemptible. Politics is the system by which competing ideas about actions of government are decided.
Politics is how we make decisions in this country instead of shooting at each other.
You know where they don’t have politics? Places like Somalia, where the biggest, fattest, most vicious guy with the most guns gets his way. I prefer our system.
Politics is this nation grappling with what to do about the tens of thousands of children left on our doorstep, while still remaining a nation. It’s deadly serious, and the solution must be political. It can’t be otherwise. Because we are a self-governing people who don’t shoot at each other to decide things.
You don’t get to hold your nose and opt out of “politics” because you don’t like to get your hands dirty, or you’re just tired of people you don’t agree with fighting for their own point of view.
If you don’t want a political solution, what is it you’re asking for? You don’t even know. You just want your way and everyone else to shut up. Because opposing your ideas with other ideas is “playing politics.”
So shut up. You have nothing constructive to say on this or any subject. You never have.
Congress should insist that emergency fema camps be put up on the border, with steel buildings and guards. The illegals can be separated according to nationality, deloused, treated for diseases, clothed, fed, given a safe place to sleep, and processed for deportation back to their native country. Those that have already been bussed into the the interior of the US should be housed in sanctuary cities and blue states until they can be relocated at the emergency camp. Since the UN is always looking for an opportunity to interfere with our business, this is a chance for them to put observers, doctors and food at the emergency camps.
The Dream Act should be burned in the trash, and illegals should know they won’t get further into the US than the border for deporting.
“Politics is how we make decisions in this country instead of shooting at each other.”
If our fellow Americans hadn’t bought about a hundred millions guns in the last ten years I might believe that.
If our gov’t hadn’t procured about 5 billion rounds of ammunition in the last five years, I might believe that.
Then don't read her, besides other then her name you didn't even read the article. Your reply has absolutely nothing to do with the contents of the article
Linda Chavez is a fool and a leftist.
Her answer is : Republicans must expand the size and scope of government.
It is the left who is playing war/politics with children, this invasion seems to have been planned years in advance.
So does that mean the GOP should expand the size of government or they lose?
Hey, you stupid, lazy-ass m’fers:GO THE F**K HOME AND FIX YOUR DAMNED COUNTRIES INSTEAD OF RUNNING AWAY FROM THEM!!!! Sorry, had to get that out.
newsflash - not seeking changes to the law is already alienating Hispanic voters - who came here legally and also see this as an invasion - especially of their jobs. Zero is a racist - he thinks all Hispanics are the same regardless of country of origin. If one puts Catholic Ireland in the same room as Protestant Ireland you're gonna get fireworks. Same same but he doesn't see it.
Obama has shown no leadership on this. He played pool and and went to parties and asked for money. Bob The Wino can do that. He doesn’t appear to be taking this seriously at all. He should have brought the cabinet together and then said, “I want you back here in four hours with plans to tell me what your organization can do to help solve this.” He played pool and went to parties and asked for money.
I fully understand the political ramifications to the Democrat Party of having Obama go to the border. I don’t give a s**t. Are they Democrats ahead of being Americans? This has been handled by the Obama Administration like the thieving, vengeful ten year old Democrats that they are.
Obama didn’t ask for any extra money when he shut down the parks and monuments. He got that coordinated, but he can’t get the federal government coordinated to deal with 50,000 people in the Rio Grande Valley? Baloney.
Obama Administration reminds me of Hamas by using these children as ‘human shields’.
These are horrible situations the ‘Progressives’ have thrust upon us. We’ve got to figure out a way to hoist them on their own petard.
Linda, take sanctuary in your uterus.
What has happened to this woman? I used to think she was sane.
Wait! Maybe I’ve been Semmens’d.
Oh Dear! Not again.
They're not our responsibility. Send them back.
I had read that their families are paying the drug cartels to transport their kids here, because they've been led to believe that if they can make it to America, they won't be kicked out, then their families can join them, later. There have been ads in papers, and even billboards to that effect in Central America.
The only folks I see mentioning this are republicans, not democrats - and certainly NOT Obama.