Immigration arouses heated passions at the best of times, and the flood of unaccompanied children at our southwest border is making the conflicts worse. While innocent children await their ultimate fate, politicians in Washington bicker about who is visiting the border.
President Obama is trapped between Hispanic advocates and the desire for comprehensive reform versus an intransigent Republican minority in the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, his bill for additional funding and law enforcement to deal with the problems is languishing unattended.
The President’s trip to Texas earlier this week was an unmitigated disaster. While he described his meeting with the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, as productive, the Governor used it instead as a political springboard to denounce him.
Their primary disagreement seemed to involve calling up the National Guard to increase enforcement capabilities. In response, the President, who is being sued for taking too many executive actions, gave the Republicans a taste of their own medicine by refusing to take any.
It’s hard to imagine how the situation will be resolved. We can’t just kick young children out and let them fend for themselves. That goes against every value our nation stands for such as compassion, mercy and a haven for the oppressed.
Yet, we cannot allow completely open borders without any restriction. Some middle ground must be found between the two.