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Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Immigration, Politics | 30 comments

Stinking Border Politics (Guest Voice)

Rep. Luis Gutierrez

Rep. Luis Gutierrez

Stinking Border Politics
by Michael Reagan

Here’s a modest proposal for solving the “Children’s Invasion” on our southwestern borders.

Next time a planeload of “unaccompanied alien children” from Honduras or Guatemala is being dispersed to their relatives in the U.S., the pilot should divert the flight and land at Ronald Reagan National Airport in downtown Washington.

If the politicians in DC were forced to deal with the effects of the immigration mess they’ve made for a few days, they might be more interested in fixing it.

Instead of dispersing 52,000 illegal Latino kids around the country, or hiding them from sight on military bases, maybe the politicians in DC could house a few thousand Latino kids in tents on the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. They could call it “Obamaville.”

OK, I’m dreaming…

But once again we can thank Washington for creating a problem for the rest of us that it can’t or won’t fix.

Emperor Obama is the culprit in chief.

He’s been playing pool and reading Teleprompters at fundraisers while people in the border towns of Texas, Arizona and California are being burned.

It’s the innocent citizens of the Southwest who’ve been forced to bear the costs of “welcoming” the Central American children who’ve risked their lives to hoof it to the U.S.A.

The big winners in this cynical political game will be the president and Democrats in Congress. The big losers will be the rest of the country.

Everyone knows what’s going to happen when you disperse the Latino kids to their relatives and give them an order to appear at a court hearing. Mostly nothing. If 10 percent appear, it’ll be a miracle.

Doesn’t anyone in DC know that most of the illegal immigrants in the country are here not because they waded across the Rio Grande but because they overstayed their visas?

When you have a country with no immigration policy and a flock of political chickens in DC, this is the kind of border crisis you get.

The Republicans are afraid to even touch immigration policy. And the President and Democrats in Congress won’t try to solve the current crisis because for them it’s a great political opportunity to be exploited.

With congressional elections coming in the fall, and with their party facing certain disaster, Democrats know immigration is one of the few issues that can win them a few points at the polls.

Every Democrat in office wants every Hispanic voter on the planet to see that he is a lovable, bleeding-heart humanitarian. And that every Republican is a coldhearted meanie who just wants to send child immigrants back to where they came from.

If Republicans in Washington are forced to OK the $3.7 billion in emergency appropriations the president says is needed to address the border mess, they at least need to try to put some teeth in it.

They need to insist that the Border Patrol begin stopping the children’s invasion at the U.S.-Mexican border, not after the border has been crossed. And they need to get President Obama to hold Mexico accountable for not stopping the invasion on its side of the border.

Mexico won’t do any such thing, of course, because every single one of its border federales is being paid off by the Mexican drug cartels.

This border disaster was made in Washington by gutless politicians who are unable or unwilling to do anything on immigration but play stupid politics with everyone.

I’m tired of politics. We need to wake up and smell the stink coming from DC. If this border crisis doesn’t do it, nothing will.


Copyright ©2014 Michael Reagan. Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of “The New Reagan Revolution” (St. Martin’s Press). He is the founder of the email service reagan.com and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his websites at www.reagan.com and www.michaelereagan.com. Send comments to [email protected]

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  • ChrisCrawford

    Michael, is your complaint that President Obama is enforcing a Bush law too effectively? If we were to honestly examine the reasons for so many children coming unaccompanied illegally into the country, we’d be led to the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, which ensured a longer turnaround for children before being sent back to their countries of origin. It sounds like your complaint with the President is that he’s asking Congress for help to enforce the law. Talk about a “king-like attitude.”

    And yes, crises like this ARE politically good for the President and the Democrats, though not for the reason you’ve postulated. These kinds of crises drag out into the open the absolute absurdity of our immigration laws and the need for immediate reform…and there’s only one political ideology in the nation right now that is pushing against reform.

  • JSpencer

    After a couple reasonably sane posts I see MR is back to his usual shtick. It must have been hard to hold back for so long.

  • jdledell

    ChrisCrawford – You hit the bulls eye – Great Comment.

  • dduck

    Good one MR. Like the Emperor having no clothes, You point out a dysfunctional immigration system and a law that though well intentioned boomeranged and is being used as a club on the meanie Reps. But, since you are a Rep, we must ignore all you say, you rotten bastard.
    Get real folks, Washington is full of phonies.
    “Doesn’t anyone in DC know that most of the illegal immigrants in the country are here not because they waded across the Rio Grande but because they overstayed their visas?”

  • JSpencer

    Denial is never pretty. All those studies about facts being so easy to ignore when partisan interest is involved come to mind… not for the first or last time. Ah well, we’ve all grown used to it by now right? 😉

  • ROBERT COUTINHO

    @ChrisC: Bingo!

    Also…the Democrats are “facing certain disaster” this fall? Where does MR get his political “facts” from?

  • sheknows

    Great comment Chris !

    MIchael tries hard to be a real observer of the human condition and enlighten people with his opinions, and articles but , well, fails miserably.
    He still doesn’t understand that accepting facts isn’t a conscious decision like a lifestyle choice, but a prerequisite to living in the same world as the rest of us.

  • yoopermoose

    MR’s article reads like it was written by a person with ADD. We should deal with the children’s invasion, but it is really illegal immigrants overstaying their visas? Emperor Obama is the culprit in chief and ignoring the problem but still asking for 3.7 billion to address the problem? Obama should make Mexico enforce its southern border, but they can’t because of drug cartels? Come on, Michael Reagan, if you are going to complain about the politicizing of this humanitarian crisis, at least make a couple of reasonable proposals instead of, you know, politicizing the situation by throwing in every cliché you have heard from the right-wing machine and trying to put them together into an incoherent article.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    This column has been edited by the author. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.

    Great you added this, Joe, albeit “misrepresentations” would have been a better choice of words.

  • sheknows

    Yoopermoose…..Yea!!! Brilliant. 🙂

  • slamfu

    Crossing Mexico as an unaccompanied minor in search of a better life, doing god knows what to get by and survive the journey, is the epitome of “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” as far as I’m concerned. Surely not one of the pundits, politicians or detractors of immigrants that are weighing in about sending them home has done anything even remotely as harrowing in their own life in search of getting to where they are now. Give them a chance I say.

  • SteveK

    MIchael tries hard to be a real observer of the human condition and enlighten people with his opinions, and articles but , well, fails miserably.

    .
    Now close your eyes and imagine that all these children are Palestinians.

  • dduck

    Flash: they are cleaning out all the illegal immigrants that have overstayed their visas from bars across the country to make room for the unvaccinated border crossers.
    “Sure they’re short, but they make a much better Margarita then this bunch”, said a government official, “and they don’t mind sleeping in the back rooms either”.
    “And don’t worry, they will go to their hearings , we will use part of the $3.7M to have minders assigned to them.”
    “Next we’ll work on getting some of those Iraqis that helped our troops survive, the ones that haven’t been murdered yet;
    if we wait a little a longer that shouldn’t be too many.”

  • sheknows

    Hear, hear Slam!!
    Btw, I heard some groups and media types call this an “invasion”… like they are pod people or something. !!

  • dduck

    There are kids and there are “kids”, it seems.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    Steve says,

    Now close your eyes and imagine that all these children are Palestinians.

    Or Syrian, or Nigerian, or Sudanese, or…

    They are all just children.

  • dduck

    Yep. And add in American Indians.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    Some adults talking:

    The White House said Monday that it was ?likely? that immigrant children facing mortal danger in their home countries would be allowed to stay in the United States.

    The comments come amid a growing debate over a 2008 law that allows many of the children flooding across the southern border an automatic asylum hearing.

    Another adult, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, said over the weekend the U.S. should not turn away immigrant children without due process.

    “We are not a country that should turn children away and send them back to certain death,” O’Malley told CNN.

    Read more here.

  • dduck

    We do turn away Mexicans and Canadians.

  • ordinarysparrow

    HUH?…..

    This border disaster was made in Washington by gutless politicians who are unable or unwilling to do anything on immigration but play stupid politics with everyone.

    I’m tired of politics. We need to wake up and smell the stink coming from DC. If this border crisis doesn’t do it, nothing will.

    Sorry but the last two sentences left me with a LOL….

    Every sentence prior was partisan politics…Truly as the NYT opinion piece these children are not immigrants but refuges…

    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

    What happened to that aspect of traditionalism?

  • JSpencer

    They are all just children.

    Amen Dorian.

  • ordinarysparrow

    Recently commented on a couple of your post about child abuse…

    Michael This is child abuse on a massive scale. These children will be raped, murdered, forced drug dealing or killed if they refuse.

    Immigration laws do need responsible legislation, that is a given, but the much greater moral responsibility to for the welfare of these children…

    Michael did you forget? How?

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    I have never been very interested in your background, “Michael.”

    Perhaps I should have taken time to learn more about you and perhaps, then, I may not have come down so hard on you with my comments.

    All I knew about you was that your were adopted at a very early age by President and Mrs. Reagan and that I vehemently disagree with just about every one of your political and social ideas.

    But, after reading a question by one of our most respected readers, I decided to look up your bio.

    The question was “Michael did you forget? How?”

    Now I have to ask the same question with respect to what you call alternatively, “stinking border politics,” the “children’s Invasion at the U.S. – Mexican border,” those planeloads of “unaccompanied alien children” from Honduras or Guatemala that should land in Washington D.C. for political purposes, those “52,000 illegal Latino kids,”that perhaps should be housed “in tents on the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building” again for political effect and photo ops (talk about “Emperor Obama’s” so-called photo ops), what you call the “problem for the rest of us,”

    Or with respect to your looking at this humanitarian crisis strictly through your political — Democrats vs Republicans – who is going to win in November, who is going to win in 2016 — lenses:

    Every Democrat in office wants every Hispanic voter on the planet to see that he is a lovable, bleeding-heart humanitarian. And that every Republican is a coldhearted meanie who just wants to send child immigrants back to where they came from.

    Or with respect to your mortal fear that “when you disperse the Latino kids to their relatives and give them an order to appear at a court hearing. Mostly nothing [is going to happen]. If 10 percent appear, it’ll be a miracle.”

    Yes, after reading more about your personal tragedies when you were a child — as so many of these poor children of the “children’s invasion” have endured, and worse — I also have to ask, “Michael did you forget?”

    Yes, I am tired of politics, too, Mr. Reagan, but this humanitarian crisis will not be resolved with just more politics.

    You, of all people, could play an amazingly positive and constructive role to help resolve it, and I hope you will, for the sake of the children flocking to our borders.

  • SteveK

    Well said Dorian.

    Maybe with his Cagle connections Joe could get a copy of your comment and a link to this thread sent to Mr. Reagan and ask him if he’d like to reply.

    ???

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    Thanks, Steve,

    (I doubt it very much if Mr. Reagan would stoop down to our level)

  • cjjack

    On another forum, I said half-jokingly that if we really wanted to “solve the problem” of all these kids arriving at our border, we should just put them in boats, call them Cubans, and deposit them within a short distance of a beach in Florida.

    Because it seems to me I remember a case where just one Cuban youngster was caught hiding in a closet by federal authorities and judging from the reaction you’d think he’d escaped one police state only to be victimized by the evil Janet Reno who wanted to send him back home.

    And like that situation, the current influx of oppressed children isn’t really as much of a “crisis” as Mr. Reagan would lead us to believe.

    Oh, it is a crisis for the children themselves, and a burden on our border patrol and court systems, but it is important to remember that these are tens of thousands of refugees in the context of an undocumented immigrant population of ten million.

    This idea put forth by Reagan that Obama is somehow a pied piper leading a massive influx of immigrants across an undefended border with promises of free health care and voting rights is patently absurd considering that the actual problem is several orders of magnitude larger and is not driven by spineless politicians in Washington at all.

    The truth is the vast majority of illegal immigrants are not here because of Obama. They’re here because they were paid to come. Paid to stay. Paid to move their families here and participate in our economy – albeit at the fringes.

    There’s no “children’s invasion” happening, Michael. The overwhelming majority of the millions of illegal immigrants that live in this country were invited. If you have a problem with that, perhaps you should speak to your local Chamber of Commerce instead of railing against Obama and the folks in DC.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    As usual, very well said, cjjack.

    And that reminder of the Elián González “affair,” when Republicans screamed bloody murder because one boy was being returned to the safe and legal custody of his father in Cuba and now are chanting bloody murder to return thousands of children to certain murder, rape, and other atrocities and hardships, is so indicative of the hypocrisy of that Party.

  • epiphyte

    I’m inclined to the opinion that Michael Reagan seeks to turn the plight of disadvantaged, defenseless people into a lever against those who would help them. That would be utterly despicable, of course… so maybe I’ve missed something?

  • rudi
  • JSpencer

    What a way to express our gratitude eh rudi? Guess they won’t ever make that mistake again.

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