Democrats Continue To Undermine Efforts To End Border Crisis



On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee was supposed to discuss a legislative proposal to address the devolving situation at the southern border.  Democrats had other priorities, namely engaging in endless obstruction, obfuscation, and sophomoric finger-pointing.

Ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) set the tone by attempting to characterize the current humanitarian and security crisis as part of an ongoing cycle of mass border incursions.

“In looking at the numbers going back to 1925 to 2018, there have been 15 years where we have had more than 1 million intrusions. We have had over a decade where the country has faced these crossings in the past, so it’s not unusual that it would happen again,” insisted ranking member Dianne Feinstein of California.

This crisis is historically different, countered Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan.

“I want to make clear that this is unlike anything we have ever seen at our border and it is in large part due to the gaps in our immigration laws,” said McAleenan, who added that those gaps are “causing a massive demographic shift in the flow” and “placing children at unique and critical risk.”

What also is different is complete and total refusal of Congress, primarily Democrats, to take a single step toward changing the laws which are incentivizing thousands of migrants to risk their – and their children’s – lives to get to the U.S. border.

“It’s been over 18 months since the administration asked for the legislative fixes that would have prevented the current crisis and 40 days since we asked for the emergency funding necessary to manage it,” he told the committee. Since the Trump administration sent a request to Congress for emergency funds in May, more than 60,000 children have entered into DHS custody.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and his fellow Democrats seemingly are alright with the prospect of another 60,000 children in detention or another record-setting 144,000 illegal alien apprehensions (the total in May) as long as they get the mass amnesty so desired.

“Now whether a supplemental gets done is up to the administration. If they continue to block bipartisan legislation, nothing happens. … We want long term solutions,” threatened Leahy.

The long-term solutions Democrats seek do not include any that would address the “pull factors” behind the current crisis and there is great concern they will add an amnesty poison bill to a bill that would help.

The two critical changes are included in the Secure and Protect Act, the proposal offered by Judiciary Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-S.C.). Specifically, change the Flores Settlement Agreement to allow longer detention of illegal aliens and reform U.S. asylum laws. Simply implementing those changes, said McAleenan, could result in 90 percent reduction in the migrant flow.

Throughout the hearing, Democrats directed their scorn and criticism at the Trump administration, not at the coyotes and traffickers who rent migrant children to adults so they can claim them as their own at the border, including a 51-year old who rented an 8-month old for $80.

Committee Democrats challenged the legitimacy of a three-day pilot DNA program that uncovered 17 cases of fraud among 109 families. They also expressed doubt when the DHS secretary testified that in five weeks more than 240 cases of fraud were identified during 660 illegal alien interviews.

About Author

avatar

Jennifer joined FAIR as Web Content Writer in 2017 and brings to the role extensive communications and media background. She began her career as a policy research analyst on multiple national and state political campaigns before entering journalism. In addition to spending over a decade writing for several broadcast and print news outlets, Jennifer directed communications strategy for a member of Congress and a military nonprofit.

14 Comments

  1. avatar
    COLIN E KERDACHI on

    AMERICANS CAN’T BE THAT STUPID! IT’S OBVIOUS THE DEMOCRATS WANT MORE AND MORE ILLEGALS TO COME HERE ILLEGALLY! WHAT THEY ARE BANKING ON IS THAT ALL THESE ILLEGALS WILL EVENTUALLY BE GIVEN ASYLUM AND WILL THEREFORE VOTE DEMOCRAT!
    THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT ALL THE DISEASES COMING INTO THE COUNTRY, WHAT ABOUT THE ADMITTED ISIS GUYS COMING OVER HERE, TOO! DONT THEY CARE WHO GETS BLOWN UP! NO! JUST WANT VOTERS!

    • avatar
      Scott STALEY on

      If the people in this nation are stupid enough to vote in a democrat next election I believe we will morph into a nation without borders and in a short time the USA will no longer exist. The perfect storm of stupidity has been brewing for years when kids go into the liberal education system and become endoctrinated to the liberal ways to become more dummies drinking the kool aid.

  2. avatar

    is it really the democrat’s.. I remember we use to think that the republican party and the democrats are one and the same.. I ask is it really the dems because it was the Senate that voted in Free health care for all illegals.. So, is it really the Dems only ? Maybe we are all taken for a ride.. why isn’t hillary and all her cronies in a military court for treason ? We do have a two tiered system.. And we can never allow the DOJ to investigate themselves. Dems say nobody is above the law.. and I suppose hillary did nothing wrong , right ? I mean .. Bob Mueller Say’s .. what a joke.. I tell you one thing.. America will have Ebola take hold in the USA.. and we will have new diseases because of this illegal migration .. It has to Stop.. maybe it’s too late.. I think this country is doomed.

    • avatar

      The politicians continue to hold the illegal aliens above our laws, above our citizens… they could stop this invasion quickly if they would but they do NOT care!!! President Trump is fighting to stop the invasion of illegal aliens flooding our country, but he can’t fight the fight alone… and the politicians continue to go against him…as they ignore the citizens and twist the knife in our backs deeper and deeper… the democRATS care about ONE thing and that is destroying President Trump and his family any way they can… Politicians have ABSOLUTELY destroyed the value and the meaning of being a citizen when they continue to hand these illegal aliens more and more of OUR rights and benefits.. The world knows… come to America for free free free benefits… and if people this this is not true, they are kidding themselves… as a lot of the illegal aliens why they come here and it’s for the free benefits and OUR rights they are after… I heard an illegal alien tell a reporter one time, “If you don’t want us here, stop giving us the freebies” OUR politicians encourage more and more to come… we need to STOP ALL the free handouts to ALL illegal aliens and STOP ALL anchor babies… They are ILLEGAL ALIENS and have NO right to be here and we should NOT be spending ONE dime to take care of illegal aliens… STOP ALL free handouts and there would be no incentive to come…
      HEAVEN HELP OUR COUNTRY!!! BEFORE WE HAVE NO COUNTRY!!!! THE CITIZENS ARE LOSING!!!! SAVE AMERICA AND VOTE TRUMP 2020

      • avatar
        Scott STALEY on

        AMen brother, its sad that someone who has absolutely no right to be here in any way is treated better than people who have been here for generations. People need to grow brains fast before its too late

  3. avatar

    No way on amnesty for illegals here. Their would be riots. We are tired of Democrats telling us what we have to do. Look at California don’t want that here. Enough is enough.

    • avatar

      Yes , look at California. And I can tell you first hand because I live in California in one of the worst parts. I had no idea what I was getting into when I came home five years ago. I had been living in Dallas TX. for the last 35 years. I wanted to come home to Salinas to settle down and retire. But just 2 years into it , everything turned upside down. All I can say is , Anyone that does not believe that we need to control immigration has not experienced the effects first hand.
      On top of all the other problems, do you know that Organized Dog Fights are held here every night , 7 days a week , right in the City limits! If you are an animal lover and you could hear this activity live the way I do , It would turn your nerves into shreds. All of these immigrants also bring their customs with them when they come. To them, Dog fights are just traditional.

  4. avatar

    When do law abiding citizens say “enough” and ban together to march on Washington and physically remove congressmen from Washington? When are the courts actually going to do their jobs and support US laws? Do the people have to physically remove federal judges from office? How much more are we expected to take? This division is killing us.

    • avatar
      COLIN E KERDACHI on

      LET’S DO IT! WE NEED A LEADER! WE NEED TO GET RID OF ALL THOSE REPUBLICANS THAT VOTED AGAINST EVERYTHING TRUMP WAS TRYING TO DO! THE WALL IS THE BIG THING, I HOPE TRUMP, IN HIS NEXT TERM, USES E-VERIFY! NO SS NO JOB, EISENHOWER DID IT AND 3,000,000 ILLEGALS SELF-DEPORTED!

    • avatar

      Law abiding citizens generally have jobs and families, and cannot get the time nor money to march on Washington, unlike the lefties who seem to have plenty of spare time and money to spend “demonstrating”

  5. avatar

    The Democratic strategy boils down to this: We are going to hold border security and the safety of the American people hostage to our agenda to get amnesty for every illegal here. We don’t care how many criminals and drug smugglers are coming across. Or how many people with communicable diseases that the border patrol has no time to check. Or how many of these people will end up on welfare at massive rates. Give us what we want or we won’t do anything.

    Is there anything untrue about that? Isn’t that their exact strategy?

    • avatar
      Scott STALEY on

      Sounds spot on to me, these politicians doing this should be immediately tried for TREASON AND HUNG ON THE NEAREST COURTHOSE LAWN.

  6. avatar

    Throughout the hearing, Democrats directed their scorn and criticism at the Trump administration, not at the coyotes and traffickers who rent migrant children to adults so they can claim them as their own at the border, including a 51-year old who rented an 8-month old for $80.