The children

The thousands of children fleeing drug violence and poverty in Central America could qualify for asylum in the United States and should have the right to make that case, Democratic lawmakers said on Thursday.

The United States is grappling with a surge of children arriving illegally, opening military bases to house the detained youths and working with the governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to keep them from leaving home.

Republicans contend that Obama administration policies have created an incentive for additional border crossings. They blame the influx of children on President Barack Obama’s 2012 decision to give temporary relief from deportation to some young people brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

But the Democratic lawmakers said the children are fleeing drug-fueled violence and said the masses at the border should be treated as a humanitarian and refugee crisis.

Let’s tackle that last part first. This “drug-fueled violence” has been going on for decades. Why is it only now seemingly every kid down there wants to flee?

As to the policies creating incentive, heck, I wouldn’t be surprised to find some Democrat big money funding some of this in a shadowy way.

That’s what this administration has done to me: I used to loathe conspiracy theories, now I’m seeing them everywhere.

It ain’t paranoid if it’s happening though.