Liberal member of Congress Accuses DHS of Killing Migrant Kids
Just to illustrate how crazy the politics of illegal immigration have become, Hot Air relates the following story:
“Freshman congresswoman Lauren Underwood crossed a line today during a hearing where acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan was testifying about the crisis on the southern border. Rep. Underwood noted that 5 children in Border Patrol custody have died since December. That’s true but Underwood then stated that it was her conclusion, based on evidence, that the deaths were part of an intentional policy. Rep. Mike Rogers the ranking Republican member on the committee said Rep. Underwood’s remarks were tantamount to accusing the Secretary of murder and asked that her remarks be stricken from the record. After a vote, Underwood’s remarks were removed.”
If Underwood wants to discover the real reason why at least five migrant children have died in the custody of the Border Patrol, she might want to look in the mirror. While, as Business Insider noted, the problem of overcrowded holding facilities and overworked Border Patrol officers predates the Trump presidency, despite Underwood’s claims, the Congress has not provided adequate resources for the Border Patrol to handle the surge in migrants crossing the border.
Moreover, congressional Democrats have refused to face up to the root causes of the crisis on the southern border. Thousands of migrants are pouring into the country because next to nothing exists to stop them. President Trump is pretty sure what needs to happen to put a stop to the migration wave. Last December he tweeted:
“Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally. They can’t. If we had a Wall, they wouldn’t even try!”
Trump is correct, up to a point. Barriers placed across points of ingress from Mexico into the United States would go a long way to discourage migrants who think they can enter the country illegally. However, a sweeping reform of laws having to do with illegal immigration are also in order.
One of the proposals by the Heritage Foundation involves applying some common sense to how the United States processes and deports illegal aliens:
“There is no good argument for not deporting aliens who have criminal records, whether they are violent crimes or identity theft, drug possession or trafficking or other so-called ‘victimless crimes.’ In addition, the government must deport individuals whose crimes might be limited to just violating immigration laws. The government doesn’t have the resources to deport every illegal immigrant, but they must demonstrate that the law is and can be enforced—otherwise, laws have no deterrent effect. To that end, the administration should continue to emphasize cities and states cooperating with immigration enforcement and discourage practices like ‘sanctuary cities and states,’ which seek to nullify federal immigration law and obstruct its enforcement.”
Kids are clearly not dying in Border Patrol custody due to some kind of “intentional policy.” Rep. Underwood should be made to answer what that means. The sad fact of the matter is that too many migrants are showing up at the southern border sick, a state that has been exacerbated by the hardship of the journey. Indeed, it is a wonder that more children have not died, a credit to the Border Patrol officers who are working tirelessly to help the thousands of people in their charge.
How to mitigate the horrible conditions that migrants are being held in? Heritage explains:
“Further, the administration should press Congress to provide adequate resources for detention and more authority to speed the process of deportation and removal. In particular, the administration should demand immigration law judges be given summary judgment authority. A major reason for the huge backlog in America’s immigration courts is the fact that immigration judges do not have the summary judgment authority commonly available to federal and state court judges. Summary judgment authority allows judges to refuse to schedule cases that lack legal merit, but because immigration judges do not have that authority, meritless cases clog the dockets.”
Not only will migrants be held under better conditions but their passage from illegally crossing the southern border to being deported back to their homelands will be accelerated. Underwood and her fellow Democrats have thus far refused to even consider such measures, a fact that suggests that, heated protestations aside, they are quite fine with the crisis that is ongoing.