Hey DNC, Want To Address The Issues Facing Border Residents? Start At The Source Of The Problem

When it comes to the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is good at issuing press releases. Fixing problems…? Not so much.

In honor of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the border town of Nogales, Arizona, the folks at the DNC rolled up their sleeves and got to work on…a press release!

“Vice President Pence’s visit to Arizona is a great opportunity for him to address the issues that Nogales residents have been facing, like the increasing wait times at ports of entry that severely affect cross-border trade and strain the lives of American citizens,” states the release.

No doubt, the current border crisis, which saw 103,492 people apprehended last month while crossing illegally  from Mexico (many of whom are making bogus claims for political asylum), is resulting in long delays for legitimate travelers at ports entry, impeding commerce, and straining the lives of American citizens.

While we haven’t done any polling, it is a pretty safe bet that the percentage of Americans who want long lines, interrupted commerce, and strain on the lives of border residents is zero (with a margin of error of +/- 0%).

If the DNC is interested in addressing these problems, other than for the purpose of putting out press releases criticizing the vice president, perhaps the Democratic leadership in Congress can roll up their sleeves and work on…actual solutions. You know, things like preventing people from abusing our asylum laws, adding more detention space, increasing the number of asylum adjudicators, legislatively overriding the ruling of a single federal judge who declared children “get out of jail free cards” for illegal border-crossers, or treating unaccompanied minors as trafficking victims even when they clearly are not.

Chaos creates hardship and inconvenience for everyone. If the DNC really wants to end hardship and inconvenience, it needs to break the logjam in Congress and pass legislation that will end the chaos.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    Foreign Bent Open Border Party (OBP) Judges Orders No More Asylum Delays in Mexico: “Come on in to America”

    I say if that’s the case, plant 10,000 armed troops at the border and don’t let any in until the WALL is finished…

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    Those extreme wait times are caused by having to pull agents from the border crossings to deal with the huge masses of illegals in the unprotected border areas. They are complaining about something their open border policies has produced. There also seems to be little interest in making sure that the children who are with people who claim to be their parents are actually their parents. It seems to be whatever gets an illegal across the border, including with a child who is frequently not their own and who the adult has no reason to care about once they are past, or even before arriving at, the border. The kids are a commodity, the cost of doing business. The numbers are so massive that the border patrol has to let them go in a very short time according to court orders.