You can tell the tidal wave of illegal aliens, many of them unaccompanied minors, surging across the southern border is causing a bit of political discomfort for President Obama, because he briefly felt obliged to pretend he’s not happy about it. “Briefly” means last Friday, when the President gave us the hilarious vaudeville pantomime act of asking the people of Central America to stop throwing their kids across the hemisphere. From a Washington Times report:
President Obama made a personal plea Friday for the families of Central America not to send their children to America, trying to stanch the crisis of illegal immigrant youths flooding across the border.
???Our message is absolutely don???t send your children unaccompanied on trains or through a bunch of smugglers,??? Mr. Obama said on ABC???s ???Good Morning America.???
He made the plea in response to a bipartisan group of senators who Thursday demanded that he ???personally make clear??? that minors jumping the border won???t get special treatment.
The president, who continues to struggle with how to deal with the thousands of unaccompanied alien children flooding across the southern border, stressed that the journey to America isn???t safe for children traveling alone and that the U.S. will send them home after they arrive.
???Our message is absolutely don???t send your children unaccompanied on trains or through a bunch of smugglers,??? he said. ???That is our direct message to the families of Central America: Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they???ll get sent back. More importantly, they might not make it.???
“They’ll get sent back?” How stupid does this man think we are? Tell you what, Mr. President: how about you personally travel aboard the first mass repatriation flight to Honduras, and give your “they’ll be sent back” warning in a speech from there, surrounded by the thousand minors you just hauled back from the refugee camps you want American taxpayers to spend $2 billion on. Then people might start paying attention to your rhetorical “messages.”
In truth, false messages are being sent to American voters, while the incoming wave of refugees are getting the real message loud and clear. The same Washington Times article includes a quote from an unnamed Administration official who admitted “more than 50 percent of children who illegally cross the border alone will be allowed to remain in the United States.” A 50-50 shot at getting your kid residency plus benefits in the United States looks pretty good to people trapped in the violent squalor of Central America, stuck between corrupt governments and trigger-happy drug gangs. And really, that’s a ridiculous under-estimation of the odds of success. The real “repatriation” rate for families traveling with children won’t crack 10 percent, and it’ll be even less for unaccompanied minors.
Obama was back to his Cloward-Piven strategy of deliberately overloading the U.S. immigration system on Monday, promising to use more executive orders like the one that launched this invasion, his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, because Congress won’t give him what he wants. The Democrats’ enthusiasm for “enlightened” despotism, and their hunger to keep that flood of illegals coming in, reached insulting lows when Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said that if House Speaker John Boehner doesn’t get a “comprehensive immigration reform bill” cooking soon, “the president will ‘borrow’ the power that is needed to solve the problems of immigration.”
That’s the new euphemism for dictatorship: “borrowing” powers forbidden by the Constitution, because Congress won’t do what the dictator wants. Perhaps smarting from the long string of Supreme Court decisions that have made a mockery of his claims to be an expert in constitutional law, the President didn’t endorse this novel theory of power-borrowing in so many words on Monday, instead opting to pretend that he’s deeply sorrowful that he must trample on the separation of powers to get what he wants, because the American system refuses to obey him. From a Fox News report:
President Obama vowed Monday to bypass Congress and pursue unilateral changes to the country’s immigration system, defying House Republicans who say his executive actions are part of the problem.
The president, speaking in the Rose Garden, said he is forced to go it alone because the House has failed to act on a comprehensive overhaul. He said Speaker John Boehner informed him last week the House will not vote on an immigration bill this year.
“America cannot wait forever for them to act,” Obama said. He said he’s launching a new effort to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can, on my own, without Congress.”
I expect thunderous applause from every Democrat in the land when the next Republican president invokes precisely the same reasoning to bypass Congress and fix our tax system, which is far more broken and confusing than our immigration laws.
The president’s announcement is sure to infuriate congressional Republicans. Obama is pushing for new executive actions in defiance of Boehner’s vow last week to pursue a lawsuit against the president over alleged executive overreach. Even before Monday’s announcement, Boehner and his colleagues alleged that the president has gone too far in making changes without Congress to immigration policy, the Affordable Care Act, environmental regulations and other issues.
This new push would go further still.
In a written statement, Boehner called Obama’s announcement “sad and disappointing,” and said executive orders “can’t and won’t fix these problems.”
“Sad” and “disappointing” are not the correct words for this, Speaker Boehner. What Obama is doing with this illegal-alien tsunami, and his talk of shredding the Constitution to get what he wants, is outrageous. And it’s not “sad” in the sense that we should feel a swell of pity for the President – he’s aggressively abusing his power, and bringing in foreign power, to rewrite the American system in a way voters did not endorse, and very few support. This might be thought of as “sad” if it wasn’t working. But it is.
Which brings us to the classic Cloward-Piven part of President Obama’s remarks – as pure a distillation of their manufactured-crisis theory as you’ll ever hear:
During his remarks in the Rose Garden, Obama cited the current surge of illegal immigrant children crossing the southern border and said the “crisis” should underscore the need to pass a comprehensive bill. But Boehner claimed that it was Obama’s past executive orders — those easing deportations for some illegal immigrants — that “have led directly to the humanitarian crisis along the southern border.”
Boehner said “additional executive action from this president isn’t going to stem the tide of illegal crossings, it’s only going to make them worse.” He also referred to last week’s Supreme Court ruling that Obama overstepped in making recess appointments, saying the court “reminded us” that there are “sharp limits” to presidential power.
As for his conversation last week with the president, Boehner said he only told Obama what he’s been saying for months: that until the public and elected officials trust him to enforce the law, “it is going to be difficult to make progress on this issue.”
Yes, he just “cited” the crisis he deliberately created as a justification for getting even more of what he wants. Cloward-Piven all the way down, baby! And while Speaker Boehner is correct to point out that more executive orders to weaken our immigration system will only make the crisis worse, it’s a bit silly to pretend that Obama himself doesn’t know that.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – reliably dense enough to forget that the victims aren’t supposed to know they’re being mauled by a Cloward-Piven attack – chipped in by looking at the thousands of alien kids tucked into makeshift refugee shelters, beaming warmly at the humanitarian nightmare her Party has created, and pronouncing it a wonderful “opportunity.”
“This crisis that some call a crisis, we have to view as an opportunity,” Pelosi squealed in delight. “If you believe as we do that every child, every person has a spark of divinity in them, and is therefore worthy of respect – what we saw in those rooms was a dazzling, sparkling array of God’s children, worthy of respect.”
That’s grimly amusing coming from an abortion extremist who is all about snuffing out “divine sparks of life” in some children. How about all the children who are dying on their thousand-mile trek to accept your amnesty offer, Mrs. Pelosi? Texas police say they come across such bodies “quite often.” The most recent gruesome discovery was an 11-year-old Guatemalan boy who got lost on his way to Nancy Pelosi’s opportunity drive, and died a mile from the Texas border with a rosary around his neck…. and the phone number of his brother in Chicago written on the inside of his belt buckle.
As for the Supreme Court smackdowns, it’s debatable just how “sharp” those limits on executive power are, especially since Obama and the Democrats show absolutely no sign of being chastened by their defeats, nor is their friendly media interested in shaming them. Attacks on the American constitutional order that get partially repelled years later by Supreme Court decisions cannot be judged entirely ineffective. In this case, if Obama scribbles some more amnesty orders and the 150,000 unaccompanied alien minors anticipated this year turns into 200,000 or 250,000, does anyone really think a 2016 thrashing at the Supreme Court would result in all those kids getting sent home? What Obama is doing on the border cannot be reversed by any court, and if they step in to slow him down in a couple of years, it will already be too late to make a difference.
Obama’s “plea” to the governments and people of Central America on Friday was really just a bit of theater to reinforce the Administration’s favorite new talking point, which is that the new wave of illegal aliens are wrong or foolish to come here – they were supposedly deluded by “misinformation” from smugglers, local media, and government officials. That’s supposed to get Obama off the hook for provoking the crisis. It’s not his fault that hundreds of thousands of people failed to read the fine print in his executive orders!
But it bears repeating that the truth is painfully obvious, and entirely contrary to this silly talking point. The message being sent to illegals did not come from Obama looking into a camera, holding up a map of the Rio Grande, and inviting them all to visit Texas. The message is sent by what our political class says about illegal immigration, and the reality of what happens to those who make it across the border. Interviews with the new arrivals underline that many of them have friends of relatives already living in the United States, who are giving them not “misinformation,” but a quite accurate picture of where the immigration reform debate has been heading.
Those contemplating a run for the border can hear Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) saying that while Republicans decide whether or not to provide the alien-friendly immigration “reforms” he wants, “I believe the President of the United States has already in statute, in the law, the ability to heal and put in a safe harbor millions of undocumented immigrants while the Congress of the United States finally decides it’s going to take action.” He added that he expects Republicans to keep saying “no, no, no” on an immigration deal… but he also expects Obama to be “broad, expansive, and generous in the use of his prosecutorial discretion.” Message to aliens: no deportations.
The only hitch in this strategy thus far has been the unanticipated volume of the new arrivals. They weren’t supposed to come quite this rapidly; it spooked the American electorate, especially once photos of the grim reality in Nancy Pelosi’s Hubs of Opportunity started leaking out. President Obama felt obliged to announce on Friday that he’s moving additional resources to the border – something that he would have done a long time ago, if he was sincerely concerned about the crisis itself, rather than its political fallout. This story has been percolating through conservative media for months, and the mainstream press picked it up weeks ago. The President would have known about the gathering crisis before those refugee camps started filling up – we have intelligence services that would detect massive migrant waves moving across the hemisphere. But only now does Obama decide to beef up the Border Patrol?
Polls show Americans not only responding negatively to the humanitarian crisis on the border, but also a growing desire to restrict legal immigration further, although they still seem supportive of visa programs for skilled workers. Some of the reluctance for high levels of legal immigration is probably a response to the endless economic doldrums of the Obama years, the sense that the American economy isn’t creating enough jobs to sustain the people who are already here. In fact, a remarkable report from the Center for Immigration Studies, released last week, found that virtually all net jobs created from 2000 to 2014 went to immigrants – in other words, job creation is barely keeping pace with immigration, while the native-born workforce shrinks.
Hitting the brakes on immigration in the face of such concerns is a reasonable response, not xenophobia. But of course, it will be denounced as xenophobia by the dominant political and media culture of the United States… and that message will be heard beyond our borders far more clearly than a presidential press conference or two. The message that what the American people want from immigration reform matters very little to the Ruling Class has been sent loud and clear, too.