Both sides of the political aisle agree that there’s a border crisis. But what, exactly, do they want to do about it?
The crisis, as The Hill notes, is mainly confined at the moment to families seeking asylum from Central American nations. The Democrats primarily want to direct money away from enforcement to processing asylum claims, even as apprehensions rise.
Republicans and the Trump administration, meanwhile, have been working with Mexico and other Central American nations to rein in illegal immigration. In terms of enforcement, however, the Department of Homeland Security has been pushed to the brink — at least according to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
“We face a cascading crisis at our southern border,” she tweeted Friday.
We face a cascading crisis at our southern border. The system is in freefall. @DHSgov is doing everything possible to respond to a growing humanitarian catastrophe while also securing our borders, but we have reached peak capacity & are now forced to pull from other missions.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) March 29, 2019
“The system is in freefall. @DHSgov is doing everything possible to respond to a growing humanitarian catastrophe while also securing our borders, but we have reached peak capacity & are now forced to pull from other missions.”
Texas GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw has one question for Democrats: Why?
“At this point we need to be asking a serious question: We know Dems don’t want to fix this problem, but why? What could possibly be the motivation?” he said in a Friday retweet of Nielsen’s statement.
“They hate Trump? Or, they believe this is a political win for their base? Both?
“None of these are good reasons,” he concluded.
At this point we need to be asking a serious question:
We know Dems don’t want to fix this problem, but why? What could possibly be the motivation?
They hate Trump?
Or, they believe this is a political win for their base?
None of these are good reasons. https://t.co/29jy3S5c5G
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) March 30, 2019
Crenshaw has been a vocal critic of Democratic policy on illegal immigration, having taken a much-publicized trip down to Rio Grande Valley Sector of the border and criticized how “humanitarian” aspects of the left’s policy really are. In reality, they’re just the opposite.
During a House Homeland Security Committee meeting earlier this month, Crenshaw noted that “a lot of questions have come up about the humanity of our policies, as they should. There’s some rightful anger about family separation but, unfortunately, it’s myopic because nobody ever talks about the other issues that we might have when it comes to our humanity.”
“There was a young woman in my office yesterday, she’s from Mexico, she’s about 18 years old. She was taken across the border, kidnapped about five years ago,” he continued.
“On the third attempt, because they were turned back twice by Border Patrol, on the third attempt they made it through and she was brought to New York city where she was raped approximately 30 times a day for five years.
“I don’t know why nobody talks about that kind of stuff,” he said.
“When I was at the border in McAllen (Texas), in one day in one location, 16 kids came across with adults that were not their parents. Further questioning and follow-through led to a stash-house of 54 people kidnapped inside in Houston. Nobody talks about that humanity.”
Perhaps we should, before we direct the finite resources of a stretched department away from enforcement, as the Democrats seem so desperate for us to do.
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