WASHINGTON, July 11, 2014 — Democrats and their allies in the national media are beginning to display a startling sea change in their rhetoric, vis à vis, illegal immigration and, in particular, the aspect of it that deals with the surge of migrants pouring into Texas across the Rio Grande. It was reported this morning that Democrat Minority Whip, Steny Hoyer, expressed opinions in Roll Call that strangely resembled something that might be heard from a member of the Tea Party Caucus. Here’s a sample:
“We have an immediate humanitarian crisis that confronts this country. We also have a crisis in terms of: this country cannot absorb, nor should it, a limitless number of people, particularly children, who want to come across our border.”
That was just the appetizer for the main course, which was served up by the Washington Post.
Many of the youthful border crossers are driven to undertake the perilous journey by the “push” of lawlessness, drug violence and sex trafficking in Central America. And many appear to be encouraged to risk the trip by the “pull” of overburdened U.S. immigration courts and the unforeseen consequences of U.S. laws and lax patterns of enforcement that have allowed tens of thousands of young immigrants to stay in this country after entering without documentation.
Democrats and Republicans share responsibility for those laws. Some of those seeking a foothold in this country also may mistakenly believe that they will be covered by Mr. Obama’s 2012 order granting a reprieve from deportation to children and teens who arrived before 2007.
In case this is not dovetailing with what we know about the Washington Posts’ standard policy orientation, let it be repeated, that this is the Washington Post Editorial Board here, not the Washington Times!
The editors describe the “flood of unaccompanied children and teens crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months” as a “full-blown immigration crisis,” not a humanitarian crisis, which all of us admit that it is as well. However, the WaPo is not quite ready to lay the entire weight of responsibility on Obama.
A more likely culprit is legislation approved by Congress with bipartisan support in 2008, which was intended to protect minors from sex trafficking and other abuses. That law, signed by President George W. Bush, allows undocumented immigrants from non-border states — including the Salvadorans, Hondurans and Guatemalans who constitute most of the current wave — to have their cases heard by an immigration judge. As the backlog of cases mounts, the minors are admitted into this country while they await a hearing, which may take months or years.
One might applaud them for their forthright appraisal that the last 5 Presidents (including Reagan) have a role to play in the situation we see before us now, if it weren’t for the reality that WaPo just can’t bring themselves to acknowledge that the buck has landed on the desk of their President and that things have just gotten enormously worse on his watch. The stain of Blue is just too indelibly soaked into their very pores. Even so, to maintain some credibility in their denunciation of current policy, they do go so far as to say:
The fact is that since he [President Obama] entered office, shortly after the 2008 law took effect, the number of undocumented youths deported or turned back at border posts has plummeted, according to government figures released to the Los Angeles Times.
What might account for this? The Democrats and their “state newspaper,” the Washington Post, probably know better than anyone just how toxic Obama’s actions and numerous and sundry scandals are among the voting population. Talk about ‘breaking bad’; this immigration pandemic is breaking bad big time, particularly with independent and swing voters and the rank-and-file Democrats in Congress who are running away from the taint of Obama as fast as their little legs will carry them.
Expect to see more damage-control from Congressional Democrats as this slow moving train wreck worsens and as the Constitutional violations of Barack Obama and his administration continue to cause more than simple, metaphorical head lice and scabies breakouts to afflict fellow members of his party.