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Immigration

Dems' 'Fake Border Crisis' Turns Out to Be Real

Detention centers are overrun and people are dying while trying to cross the border.

Nate Jackson · Jun. 26, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the “fake crisis at the border.” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer called it “a crisis that does not exist.” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said, “There is no crisis at the border.”

Byron York highlights those and many other Democrats (and a few Republicans) utterly denying the crisis at our southern border. But many of those same people are now decrying that crisis, particularly so they can blame President Donald Trump, who just happens to be the only one trying to stop the crisis.

Kevin Williamson explains the foundation of it all: “The problem of illegal immigration is itself the result of massive administrative failure in the United States. By systematically failing — and refusing — to enforce our own immigration laws, we have created the international equivalent of what the tort lawyers call an ‘attractive nuisance.’ There are jobs, homes, support, and (in spite of the law) benefits to be had in the United States, with relatively little prospect of serious consequences for those who are caught. If you are a poor Guatemalan without much in the way of economic and social prospects, illegal immigration to the United States is a perfectly rational choice. Guatemala has its own deficiencies, to be sure, but the situation here is Washington’s creation, not Guatemala City’s.”

With that, we come to the latest news on the immigration front.

First, Trump has named Mark Morgan, Barack Obama’s former Border Patrol chief, acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection after its current acting commissioner, John Sanders, announced his resignation effective July 5. Morgan had just taken over at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier this month. Here’s how The Washington Post “reports” the move:

A week after beginning his reelection campaign with promises of mass deportations, President Trump sent the agencies responsible for immigration enforcement deeper into disarray on Tuesday, replacing his interim border chief with a figure he plucked from cable news punditry last month.

You know where the Post mentions that Morgan was Obama’s guy? The 25th paragraph.

In any case, Trump’s move does come amid continued bad Leftmedia publicity for his border policies, particularly regarding detention of illegal border crossers. Perhaps his strategy with personnel changes is to keep moving the lightning rod.

Beyond the kerfuffle over “concentration camps” at detention facilities, the latest bad publicity is the horrific photo of the Salvadoran father and toddler daughter who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande. “This photo of a dead father and daughter shows the true nature of Trump’s immigration policy,” reads the headline at Vox. No it doesn’t. Why was this Salvadoran man and his family allowed to get through Mexico and then escape a holding facility? Poor enforcement there, for one thing, but also because Democrats invited a border invasion.

Don’t believe us? Take Elizabeth Warren’s word for it. She backs the proposal of fellow Democrat presidential candidate Julian Castro to repeal the federal law criminalizing illegal border crossing. “We should not be criminalizing mamas and babies trying to flee violence at home or trying to build a better future,” Warren says. Well, they’re dying on the way here trying to follow her advice, all while leftists are standing on the caskets of the dead to politically attack Trump.

Meanwhile, before tonight’s presidential debate, several candidates attempted to gain access to detention facilities for political photo ops — like the pathetically embarrassing one staged by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

What happened to this father and daughter shouldn’t happen to anyone. The question is what are government officials going to do to stop it? The Trump administration, despite being utterly overwhelmed with illegal crossings and managing detention centers well over capacity, wants to close the border to such crossings. Democrats want to fling wide the gates.

As for legislation, the House passed a $4.5 million emergency border bill Tuesday, but it includes so many mandates to provide free stuff for border crossers while lacking key enforcement provisions that Trump has threatened a veto. To be clear, there should be money allocated for true humanitarian relief, and detained migrants should be treated humanely. But a U.S. detention center is not the Ritz-Carlton, and people who cross the border illegally have no “right” to be here.

This humanitarian crisis is largely the result of Democrats, who advertise “free” stuff and sanctuary policies if only migrants can reach American soil. That’s a cynical ploy for votes and it’s having serious and deadly consequences.

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