By Rick Oltman, June 20, 2018
For years, those of us in the immigration reform movement referred to the immigration policies of successive presidential administrations as “immigration insanity” or “border insanity.” Several years ago, I hosted a radio show with the title “Bordering on Insanity,” where the main topic was illegal immigration and all the problems that were caused by not enforcing our immigration laws.
But the level of outright unhinged behavior has never been as high as we have seen over the past week. From a has-been actor threatening to put President Trump’s eleven-year-old son in a cage with pedophiles, to repeated lies by the lame stream media who showed pictures of children being held in detention during the Obama Administration while attributing them to President Trump, to staged and scripted children calling out “Papa,” Spanish for “Daddy.”
President Trump signed an Executive Order on Wednesday the 20th to deal with child detention, asking U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to seek an immediate modification of the Flores settlement agreement (Flores vs. Loretta Lynch in 2015), which prevents Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from detaining families together for more than 20 days (hence the separation). The initial decision was first handed down in 1997 (Janet Reno vs. Flores).
In his Executive Order, the President points out:
Under the current settlement agreement, the government cannot hold illegal alien families together past 20 days, meaning a child must be separated from his or her parent if the parent remains in custody.
Half a million illegal immigrants’ families and minors from Central America have been released into the United States since 2014 as a result of catch-and-release loopholes.
The President also called out Congressional Democrats:
REFUSING TO DO THEIR JOB: Congressional Democrats have chosen to play politics with a humanitarian and national security crisis.
CONGRESS MUST ACT: Lawmakers must still pass legislation to secure our border and to finally and fully allow family and minor detention and prompt removal. (Emphasis added.)
For some pundits, this new-found concern about the detention of illegal alien minors is hypocritical. For others it is simply a news diversion tactic to obscure the congressional hearings on FBI and DOJ rogue actors. It’s both of those, and a lot more.
Two things about the current situation:
As you may recall, back in 2014, the Obama Administration practically invited all of Central America to come to the United States. The current massive influx of unaccompanied minors has pushed a big sympathy button.
Second, and more importantly, it continues to remind the American citizens who voted for immigration enforcement in 2016, that the problems are still with us, and who exactly are the people trying to obstruct the current administration’s efforts to deal with the situation. On one hand, we have rogue actors, on the other, unhinged actors.
Those Americans are likely to make their preferences known in November of this year.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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