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[Personal Liberty Digest]

July 18, 2014 by Chip Wood


Photo Credits: Thinkstock, ReutersMedia, Rick Loomis, NYT

There are many words that could be used to describe the crisis on our southern border, as thousands of unaccompanied children stream into this country. But two I’ve been waiting for someone to say are “child abuse.”

I was glad to see the meaning, if not the actual words, appear in a powerful column by Peggy Noonan in The Wall Street Journal. She ended “The Crisis on The Border” by writing: “The little children in great danger, holding hands, staring blankly ahead, are pawns in a larger game. That game is run by adults. How cold do you have to be to use children in this way?”

Exactly. And who is the coldhearted so-and-so who is using these desperate and frightened children? Sad to say, it’s none other than the President of the United States. Here’s how Noonan put it: “There is every sign he let the crisis on the border build to put heat on Republicans and make them pass his idea of good immigration reform.”

What a cruel hoax that has turned out to be!

What would it take to solve this crisis? The first thing, of course, is to secure our border. The Border Patrol can’t do it. It admits that it’s absolutely overwhelmed by the number of people — many of them unaccompanied children — flooding into this country.

Of course, we need to complete the fence along the border. Congress has voted for it and appropriated the funds for it. Where it’s been completed, the flood of illegals has slowed to a trickle. For crying out loud, let’s finish the job!

Israel has proven how effective a fence can be. The ones protecting Israel’s borders have reduced the number of terrorists sneaking into that beleaguered country by more than 90 percent. Surely we have the knowledge and the resources to do the same thing here. As syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer put it: “If fences don’t work, why is there one around the White House?”

There have been a lot of stupid reasons offered why we shouldn’t do this. One of the dumbest came in a tweet a few days ago from Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.).

Yes, our doors are open — to people who come here legally. Obey our laws, and we will welcome you with open arms. We always have, and I hope we always will.

But every country has the right to decide who may become a citizen, who may be a visitor and who is not allowed in. Mexico and Canada, the two countries that share our border, are much more restrictive about immigration — and much harsher on those who break their laws — than we are, as a lonely Marine now suffering in a Mexican jail knows only too well.

The Constitution says that one of the primary responsibilities of the Federal government is to protect this country from an invasion. And that is precisely what we are facing on our southern border. Yes, it is a humanitarian crisis. But it is a crisis that is caused by an invasion. It is time to take steps to stop it.

Even after the President gives the order, it will take years to complete a fence along our border. So in the meantime, there are three other things the President must do.

The first is simple enough: Put more patrols along the border. If this means calling out the National Guard, then do so. Such a demonstration of leadership would win the support of an overwhelming majority of the American people. The pollsters tell us that this alien invasion (let’s not call it an “immigration crisis”) now tops the list of voter concerns.

This may not matter very much to Barack Obama, who knows he won’t have to face the voters again. But it should matter very much indeed to the 535 Congressmen and Senators who will — many of them in November.

Secondly, let’s return the people who come here illegally to their country of origin. We already do that with invaders from Mexico (and the handful that sneak across our northern border with Canada).

But thanks to a well-intentioned but harmful law passed six years ago, we can’t do that with invaders from Central America. That legislation (designed to protect a handful of victims of sex traffickers) says there must be a court hearing before they can be deported.

The courts are so backlogged that process can take years. Many who are ordered to show up for a hearing don’t bother to do so.

The law is not working. So let’s change the law. This could be done in a matter of days, if the President would throw his weight behind it. Barack Obama needs to tell Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to stop being a bottleneck and get the law changed. And by the way, stop that ridiculous assertion that the border is already secure. No it isn’t, and everyone knows it.

Instead of spending billions of dollars to clothe, feed and shelter these invaders, let’s use the money to send them home. Wouldn’t that be a lot more sensible — and a lot more popular — than moving them in secret to communities around the country that haven’t even been told they are coming? What an outrage that is!

Finally, Mr. President, please use the power of your office and the purse strings you control to get our southern neighbors to stop being complicit in this massive human tragedy. Tell Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to stop the mass exodus, especially of young children, from their countries. Demand that Mexico stop facilitating this invasion.

Noonan wrote:

No one’s in charge! No one is taking responsibility. No one who wants to help has authority, and no one with authority is helping.

The mind-boggling fact is that everyone in charge more or less suggests they’re powerless to do anything. And the children keep coming.

These poor children are pawns in a despicable game. Their parents have been told that if their children came make it to this country, they’ll be allowed to stay. At least so far, that false promise is turning out to be true. It’s time — in fact, it’s long past time — to demand that be changed.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

–Chip Wood