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Immigration crisis the result of selective enforcement

Border Patrol officer on patrol in Texas.
Border Patrol officer on patrol in Texas.
Photo by John Moore/Getty Images

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Presidential Oath of Office, from Article II, Section I of theConstitution of the United States

The Obama administration first said it would ask Congress for $2 billion to deal with the border crisis involving more than 50,000 unaccompanied minor children. Instead, it has asked for $3.7 billion, nearly twice as much. According to NBC News, the request "includes $1.1 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, $433 million to Customs and Border Protection, $64 million for the Department of Justice, $300 million to the State Department and $1.8 billion to the Department of Health and Human Services."

The politicians and the people find themselves on two different sides of this issue. The left wants to let them stay and reunite them with families in the States or otherwise care for them if no family exists here. They say that families sent their children north to escape gangs, poverty, war, disease, political unrest, and other life-threatening situations. If true, then it's morally unacceptable to send them back into those same conditions and we have to let them stay.

On the other hand, the right says send them back. Parents sent their children here to just get them to the U.S. They sent them with a promise: If they got to the border, they had "permiso" to enter the country and stay. In an interview on CNN Sunday, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said, "The best way to (stem the flow) is for planeloads of these young people to be returning to the country of origin and their families...Then it will stop — and not before." And both sides just dig in deeper.

We can't just open our borders to anyone at anytime without documentation and having come through the proper channels. I have no problem with legal immigration. I'm the granddaughter of immigrants who came here legally, lawfully, and then became productive and loyal citizens. However, Barack Obama feels differently. He has made no effort to enforce our immigration laws, and his lack of action has led others to believe they have permiso to waltz across the border at will. In effect, Obama has dissolved our southern border by his inaction.

Republicans in the House say the $3.7 billion request is too costly. Instead, we need tougher immigration laws. Excuse me. We already have a myriad of "tough" immigration laws. At least that's what they told us each time one passed through Congress and landed on the president's desk for his signature. The number of these laws is legion, and their navigation is positively Byzantine. So now I wonder who lied to us each time they told us they were passing tougher laws. No, we don't need more laws. We need a Congress that writes thoughtful, ethical, Constitutional laws and a president as chief law enforcement officer to enforce all the laws, not just those he agrees with.

So the Congress and the White House will continue to throw barbs at each other. The Republicans will push back. The influx of children will continue to stretch the resources of Border Patrol to the limit. Dems in Congress will berate Obama for letting the Republicans influence him, and they will hold themselves up as possessing the moral high ground, even though they haven't done a blasted thing either. In the end, Obama's refusal to enforce certain laws lies at the root of the crisis and the vitriol.

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