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Let’s secure U.S.-Mexican border

Published: Thursday, June 12th, 2014

We can’t be the only ones wondering why in the world the U.S. is not securing its southern border with Mexico. Recent events in the Obama administration’s lengthy list of scandals and controversies have caused us to take our eye off the important immigration-problem ball.
In just the last few weeks, there has been an influx of young, unaccompanied minors crossing the Texas border illegally, pushing the U.S. immigration system to its breaking point. 
Mark Sappenfield, writing in the Christian Science Monitor Monday, says authorities unable to cope with the volume of children crossing the border without their parents are having to find emergency solutions. These young people are being housed by the thousands in a San Antonio Air Force base, a California Navy base and a makeshift detention center in Nogales, Ariz.
Sappenfield reports that the Obama administration has linked the disturbing trend to unrest in Central American countries. Republican critics say an executive action taken by the president in 2012 is to blame, calling the situation “an administration-made disaster.”
In 2012 Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allowed some undocumented immigrants who came here as minors to defer deportation for two years. Last week the administration announced new guidelines for how these young immigrants could defer deportation for another two years.
Apparently DACA does not apply to anyone coming across the border today. The only ones eligible are those who were brought to this country as minors before June 15, 2007. But to the critics, this DACA created the opportunity for misinformation and confusion.
This seems to be the case as minors continue crossing our borders in large numbers. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), is a key player in the immigration reform movement in Washington, D.C. He claims that “word has gotten out around the world about President Obama’s lax immigration enforcement policies and it has encouraged more individuals to come to the United States illegally.”
The numbers seem to bear this out and even the president himself last Monday called this situation a “humanitarian crisis” with poverty and violence the driving forces behind the migration across our border. Media reports say many of these migrants are coming now because they believe children will not be deported.
The president’s liberal base is urging him to take new executive action on deportations. In short, these people want all deportations to be stopped. But this would not stop the illegal flow of young migrants to America that we are now experiencing. Just to stop deportations and not secure our borders as Republicans have insisted would be an act threatening the security of our country.
As we have repeatedly witnessed, any time this president or this administration has taken unilateral action, things do not turn out to be in the best interest of our nation. Obama has been cast as an imperial president by his critics who hold up as an example his latest action of bypassing Congress in the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap.
Securing a nation’s borders seems to be the logical action taken by practically all civilized, and some uncivilized, nations of the world. Passports are necessary to enter practically all countries in the world.
You would think something as basic and important as border security is something both political parties and this administration could agree on. We wouldn’t bet that this would be accomplished anytime soon with the current political climate of divisiveness in Washington, D.C. 

We can’t be the only ones wondering why in the world the U.S. is not securing its southern border with Mexico. Recent events in the Obama administration’s lengthy list of scandals and controversies have caused us to take our eye off the important immigration-problem ball.

In just the last few weeks, there has been an influx of young, unaccompanied minors crossing the Texas border illegally, pushing the U.S. immigration system to its breaking point. 

Mark Sappenfield, writing in the Christian Science Monitor Monday, says authorities unable to cope with the volume of children crossing the border without their parents are having to find emergency solutions. These young people are being housed by the thousands in a San Antonio Air Force base, a California Navy base and a makeshift detention center in Nogales, Ariz.

Sappenfield reports that the Obama administration has linked the disturbing trend to unrest in Central American countries. Republican critics say an executive action taken by the president in 2012 is to blame, calling the situation “an administration-made disaster.”

In 2012 Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allowed some undocumented immigrants who came here as minors to defer deportation for two years. Last week the administration announced new guidelines for how these young immigrants could defer deportation for another two years.

Apparently DACA does not apply to anyone coming across the border today. The only ones eligible are those who were brought to this country as minors before June 15, 2007. But to the critics, this DACA created the opportunity for misinformation and confusion.

This seems to be the case as minors continue crossing our borders in large numbers. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), is a key player in the immigration reform movement in Washington, D.C. He claims that “word has gotten out around the world about President Obama’s lax immigration enforcement policies and it has encouraged more individuals to come to the United States illegally.”

The numbers seem to bear this out and even the president himself last Monday called this situation a “humanitarian crisis” with poverty and violence the driving forces behind the migration across our border. Media reports say many of these migrants are coming now because they believe children will not be deported.

The president’s liberal base is urging him to take new executive action on deportations. In short, these people want all deportations to be stopped. But this would not stop the illegal flow of young migrants to America that we are now experiencing. Just to stop deportations and not secure our borders as Republicans have insisted would be an act threatening the security of our country.

As we have repeatedly witnessed, any time this president or this administration has taken unilateral action, things do not turn out to be in the best interest of our nation. Obama has been cast as an imperial president by his critics who hold up as an example his latest action of bypassing Congress in the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap.

Securing a nation’s borders seems to be the logical action taken by practically all civilized, and some uncivilized, nations of the world. Passports are necessary to enter practically all countries in the world.

You would think something as basic and important as border security is something both political parties and this administration could agree on. We wouldn’t bet that this would be accomplished anytime soon with the current political climate of divisiveness in Washington, D.C. 



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