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Monday, August 18, 2014

Furor About Plan for Illegal Kids

The Obama Administration seemed to think it could quietly house thousands of children, who had illegally crossed our Mexican border, in facilities across the United States, but the politicians badly misread the depth of public opposition. Numerous federal officials were sent out by the Administration to appease locals, but federal agents felt compelled to apologize for what they had done. The apologies rang hollow. In typical government-speak, one official attributed the problem to “communication challenges,” and acted like miscommunication could be overcome with a bunch of talk.

The reaction by Republican Party leadership is almost as pathetic as the swarming of children across our southern border. Euphemistically called unaccompanied children (UACs) rather than illegal aliens, they are overwhelming Homeland Security and turning border patrol agents into nannies with diaper-changing responsibilities. Only one person amid the numerous presidential hopefuls seems to be getting the message. That candidate is, lo and behold, Hillary Clinton, who is outflanking Republicans on this issue, by being the first to call for a return of the tens of thousands of children back to their homes in Central America.

Another harebrained response by the Obama Administration to the massive influx of illegal immigrant kids is to promise to send more money to the Central American nations that are dumping their kids on us. Obama wants to send $161.5 million to the so-called Central American Regional Security Initiative, and nearly $100 million to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, payments that will be additional incentives for them to permit more kids to show up at our southern border. What we should send those countries a big bill for the cost of return bus tickets to send those kids back home to the people who sent them here.

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