The droves of children illegally crossing our southern border is a disgrace for all involved.
It smacks of political folly and criminal activity and we are reluctant to stop it immediately.
As the world watches, U.S. politicos vie for advantage and the drug cartels exact fees and recruit new gang members. Meanwhile, U.S. border guards act as chaperones while criminals traffic drugs and youngsters across our border.
This “invasion of children” is of course at the U.S. taxpayer’s expense.
To resolve the problem, President Obama is asking for $3.7 billion, only 2% of which is reportedly earmarked for securing the border; but the president has not offered a specific plan. Rather, he blames the Republicans and Congress for not passing immigration reform. There are solutions, but it is business as usual in Washington—another episode of “never let a crisis go to waste.”
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson admitted there are no plans to do anything significant. While on NBC’s “Meet the Press” television show, he said, “There’s deportation proceeding pending against everybody coming illegally across the border.” He followed up with “We have to do right by the children” (in reference to the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008).
Many, however, believe this administration foresaw and perhaps incited the exodus under the shroud of the 2008 law. Instead of protecting innocent victims--conveniently called "refugees"--the law gives zealots a means to exploit these youngsters for financial and political gain, most all of which at the expense of American taxpayers.
Classifying them as “refugees” from violence is bogus. Conditions in Central and South America have been the same for a while. Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, who followed Johnson on “Meet the Press”, said, “The violence has existed for a long time.” He continued, “It's over the last two years that you've seen an increase in the children.”
Insofar as solutions, the first obvious step is to secure the border with U.S. troops. As governor Rick Perry said on Fox News’ Sean Hannity show, the president already has the power to “unilaterally direct the Department of Defense to put those troops on the border.” In other words, build a wall--physically and militarily--along our border.
Costs should not be an issue.
Indeed, according to a Harvard study, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will end up costing $6 trillion, the equivalent of $75,000 for every American household. This of course does not include the loss of American lives, a tragedy in and of itself.
On the face of it, we have spent trillions of dollars and sacrificed American lives to help protect countries in the Middle East, but we are reluctant do the same for our own country. Yes, Jeh Johnson is right in one regard, we should "do right by the children"; but the most humane action is to seal our borders—stop all illegal crossings and go back to vetting immigrants the way we used to do years ago.
In the vernacular of President Ronald Reagan, “President Obama, put up that wall!”