What is brain surgery about this?
The message has been clear. If you want to be released into the United States after being caught illegally crossing the border, bring your children on the perilous journey with you and then falsely seek asylum.
Is that a humane message?
And so the number of kids being brought across has increased.
So President Trump is enforcing the law instead of just releasing people, demanding that their asylum cases be adjudicated first. This forces the separation of parents and children, since children don’t get put in jail.
The most humane way to solve this is not to stop enforcing the law, since that would continue to encourage people to bring their kids with them. It’s to change the law to allow children and adults to stay together while asylum claims are evaluated. That’s what Republicans are proposing to do.
But Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are already protesting that they don’t want to change the law. Because that would deprive them of a great political issue, and they want illegal immigrants released because one day they’ll be card-carrying Democrats.
So who is being inhumane here, Republicans who want to change the law or Democrats who want an issue?
Maybe it’s time for conservatives to go protest in front of Schumer and Pelosi’s offices to take a stand against their inhumanity. And to go on TV and call them feckless – but just feckless, nothing more. Conservatives aren’t animals.
From Sessions’ op-ed today in USA Today:
Some years ago, it was decided that law enforcement might arrest adults who crossed the border illegally by themselves, but anyone who brought a child with them would not be prosecuted, a form of immunity.
Word got out about this loophole with predictable results. The number of aliens illegally crossing with children between our ports of entry went from 14,000 to 75,000 — a fivefold increase — in just the past four years . . .
Ending this blanket immunity means prosecuting adults for illegal entry whether they have children with them or not. That is what we are doing at the Department of Justice.
Separations are temporary and rare. The vast majority of children in custody came to this country by themselves.
Many unaccompanied children have been abused by smugglers or recruited by criminal gangs such as MS-13. There is nothing humane about encouraging human trafficking — but that is what open borders policies do. Everything the Trump administration is doing is helping put traffickers out of business.
If people have a genuine asylum claim, they can come to a port of entry, make their claim legally, and remain with their children while their case is processed.
We do not want to separate parents from their children. What we want is a safe, lawful system of immigration that would end this question altogether.