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Obama in box: Better late than never

The State Department has seen the Central American immigration problem coming at least a year ahead as the data trend indicated. The trouble is, Obama is not a predictive manager. Instead, he is reactive. You can’t accurately use the term “responsive” because that connotes a degree of timeliness that doesn’t apply when the President is late in addressing problems.

Central American presidents meet on the Hill from the bottom up
Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Now, the news is that President Obama is meeting with Central American leaders, Guatemalan President Otto Molina and Honduran President Juan Hernández. These two flew to Washington to meet on the Hill. That’s a good place to stop first because the do nothing Congress needs to have an in-your-face appearance. These two leaders from the problem nations should be embarrassed for one thing that their nations cannot address basic needs of citizens. On the other hand, American foreign policy should not let problems like economic depravity exist and persist in Central America. (Of course this Congress allows that to happen here in America too without a care.)

Well, now the immigration problem is both economic and one of national security. Those little children might grow up to be terrorists?

They will talk about a screening process. They should be talking about moving that process to the nation of origin. America could assist establishing refugee processing on home turf, and not here.

Today, President Obama will host meetings with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and El Salvador's President Salvador Sanchez Ceren. Obama has requested emergency funds to help address the problem but bipartisan representatives in Congress think the President’s request was sloppy.

The President’s approach is not strategic. Secretary Kerry is distracted. Others in the State Department have not received proper delegated duties, and President Biden is missing from action on this vital problem.

Senator Cruz is distracted too as he is chasing the FAA for closing air traffic to Tel Aviv while Hamas rockets landed a mile from the airport. Where is the Cruz-Rubio solution to the immigration crisis. You see, there is enough blame to go around in America’s dysfunctional government.

“Border crisis: Central American leaders convening at White House
Published July 25, 2014
Associated Press

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border.

The meeting comes as the administration is considering creating a pilot program giving refugee status to young people from Honduras, White House officials said Thursday. The plan would involve screening youths in their home country to determine whether they qualify for refugee status. The program would be limited and would start in Honduras but could be expanded to include other Central American countries.

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, speaking Thursday in Washington, said he hadn't heard about the plan but expected it to come up Friday. He said Central American nations have sought to pursue a unified approach. "We expect that the solution to this problem also is equal for the three countries," he said.

Besides Molina, Obama was to host Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and El Salvador's President Salvador Sanchez Ceren on Friday, the day after they met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill who are considering Obama's requests for emergency funds and additional authority to send unaccompanied children back to their home countries more quickly. Those lawmakers appear unlikely to resolve their differences on either front before leaving Washington late next week for their annual August recess.

With critics claiming Obama's own policies triggered the crisis, the president has been eager to demonstrate an aggressive approach to reducing the flow of immigrants and returning those found not to have a legitimate claim to stay here.”

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