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Immigration

Dems Exploit Children of Illegals for Political Fodder

Democrats seek to stoke emotions over the immigration issue to win votes in November.

Thomas Gallatin · Jun. 18, 2018

Appealing to emotions with false assertions, Democrats and their propaganda mouthpieces in the mainstream media have manufactured a campaign issue they seek to ride all the way to the November elections. As President Donald Trump has cracked down on illegal immigration, Democrats are shouting about his zero-tolerance law-enforcement policy that sometimes separates children from parents who illegally cross the U.S. border. As Democrats have increasingly run to the fainting couches, some have even ridiculously compared Trump’s law enforcement to that of Nazi Germany. It’s a classic case of uninformed emotions leading to calls for changing a policy few even care to understand.

First and foremost, the Trump administration has not changed any rules that govern the nation’s immigration and border enforcement. As Rich Lowry of National Review explains, “Separation happens only if officials find that the adult is falsely claiming to be the child’s parent, or is a threat to the child, or is put into criminal proceedings.”

The Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy is simply a change from Barack Obama’s policy of limited enforcement in which his administration deliberately avoided enforcing the nation’s immigration laws consistently.

What has caused all the commotion over separating minors from their illegal alien parents is something called the Flores Consent Decree, passed in 1997. It mandates that unaccompanied minors can be held by the government for no longer than 20 days. In 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals expanded the law to include accompanied minors. Therefore, in order to avoid separating family members and comply with the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, the Obama administration simply released the entire family within the 20-day threshold. This law has been effectively exploited by illegal aliens, who, after crossing illegally, request asylum, a process often exceeding the short window of 20 days.

Paul Mirengoff of Power Line notes, “Since asylum petitions take more than 20 days to process, the government must either release the adults and children together into the country pending the adjudication of the asylum claim or hold the adults and release the children, thereby separating them. If the adult illegal immigrant is released while the claim is pending, it’s extremely unlikely that the government will find him or her again. Thus, releasing the adult is tantamount to allowing the illegal immigrant to live in the U.S. regardless of the merits of the case.” That explains why Democrats want to keep the racket going. Worse, their “sanctuary cities” serve as beacons attracting even more illegals.

A clear first step to end the issue of separating families would be the elimination of the Flores Consent Decree. But aside from all the absurd over-the-top emotional criticism of the practice of separating children from adults who have illegally crossed the border, the fact of the matter is that separating children from their parents is not at all unusual law-enforcement policy even for U.S. citizens. In 2016, more than 21,000 children were separated from their parents and placed into foster care after their parents had been incarcerated. Where are all the emotional calls to end the practice of separating children from their criminal parents? Should the children live with their parents in prison? Obviously the question is absurd on its face, so why isn’t the reaction the same with regard to those who break our nation’s laws by entering the country illegally? There are legal means by which families can seek asylum within the U.S., and parents who do so are not separated from their children.

By the way, Trump has repeatedly called on Congress to come up with solutions to the illegal immigration problem, including funding for the construction of a border wall. But Democrats now oppose what they once supported.

This issue boils down to Democrats and the Leftmedia claiming to take the moral high ground while at the same time attacking the very laws that enable a nation to secure its borders. Noncitizens do not have a right to enter the U.S. Trump’s enforcement of the law is what every American should desire, and if a majority want the law changed, then they can lobby Congress to make that change. Don’t fault Trump for doing his job. Unfortunately, Democrats seeing nothing but an opportunity to exploit emotions for votes.

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