In a recent interview with ABC, Texas Governor Rick Perry said "The rule of law requires the Constitution of the United States to secure the border, and we haven’t done that. What has to be addressed is the security of the United States. You know that, I know that, the President of the United States knows that. I don’t believe he particularly cares whether or not the border of the United States is secure. That’s the reason there’s been this lack of effort, this focus, this lack of resources.”
I must say I agree with Governor Perry. Now that the main stream media has begun reporting (albeit very sparsely) on the crisis at the border the President is finally beginning to address the problem of the ever growing numbers of illegals, including unaccompanied children, flowing into the country virtually unimpeded.
Border Patrol agents have been ordered not to talk about the problem. Those who speak out anyway say they are overrun by thousands of illegals entering the country every day. Many of these people are put on planes and buses and transported around the country - then dropped off in public with a promise to appear in court on a certain date.
One of the first steps taken by Obama to end this catastrophe was to ask Congress for $2 billion to help with hearings and deportation of adults. He wants to pay Central American countries to take their own citizens back. How stupid is that?
Unlike the case with adults, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 says that minors cannot be returned to their home country without first having a hearing. That bill was unanimously approved in the House and Senate and signed into law by George W. Bush - who also did nothing to secure the borders. So we can't simply turn the kids around once they get here. But if Obama would secure the border they wouldn't get here. If they were unable to get across our border they would become Mexico's problem. And while the president of Mexico would no doubt excoriate us for being "inhumane" for not letting them into our country anymore, you can bet he would stop them from entering his Southern border very quickly so he didn't have a humanitarian crisis on his own hands.
While the Obama administration likes to pretend this huge influx of illegals was a surprise to them, the truth is that Governor Perry has been warning the administration of this pending problem for at least four years. Two years ago he asked Obama to send the National Guard to the border to assist Border Patrol agents until more Border Patrol agents could be trained and deployed. In 2013 Obama called for 6,000 National Guard troops to be deployed to the borders to assist with non-law enforcement duties. And still the border is insecure.
What President Obama either doesn't understand or chooses to ignore is the fact that before you can clean up the mess from a flood the water flow has to be stopped. Channeling the water to other areas doesn't fix the problem. It seems as if he's more interested in leaving the dam broken and simply channeling the water into any area where he can get it to go. And there is evidence to show that he began making plans to channel the water back in January when his administration was already looking for places to house illegals that were expected to arrive.
Many people, including me, believe this entire problem was orchestrated by the Obama administration to accomplish two goals. First - since legislators cannot come to a satisfactory conclusion on immigration reform the President can use this crisis to push forward with his own plans, thus bypassing Congress (and stepping outside of the Constitution) to do it. And second - he will try to make amnesty a priority, giving as many illegals citizenship in order to gain more Democrat votes for the 2016 election.
The word has gone out to Mexico and Central America that anyone who makes it to the USA won't be returned. Mexican commercials tell people they can get government assistance and food stamps if they make it here. And now the Obama administration is "surprised" by the increased influx? Right....
The bottom line is that right now we need to worry less about immigration reform and more about enforcing the existing laws. Preventing people from entering our country illegally would be a huge step toward reforming our immigration policy. If you don't have a country full of illegals you don't have as many enforcement problem. But what am I saying? Obama's only enforcement problem is deciding which laws he won't enforce anymore.