Yesterday President Trump caved to the emotional attacks of the left and signed an executive order allowing children to stay with parents.
Shame on you, Mr. President.
You just made absolutely sure that the left will start whining about some other wholly imaginary issue until they’re all convinced it’s the moral equivalent of the Holocaust and you cave again. And again. May I suggest, sir, that giving in to the emotional blackmail of the left and their media allies is no way to run a country?
You’ve also just effectively made it that much easier to traffic children for sexual purposes across our border.
For the rest of you, particularly any of you so soft-headed as to be concerned about the “horrors” of the DHS separating families at the border, the truth is a little different than what you were led to believe. The ICE agents weren’t automatically separating families at the borders. Only some of them.
DHS does not have a blanket policy of separating families at the border. However, DHS does have a responsibility to protect all minors in our custody. This means DHS will separate adults and minors under certain circumstances. These circumstances include: 1) when DHS is unable to determine the familial relationship, 2) when DHS determines that a child may be at risk with the parent or legal guardian, or 3) when the parent or legal guardian is referred for criminal prosecution.
Familial Relationship – If there is reason to question the claimed familial relationship between an adult and child, it is not appropriate to detain adults and children together.
Human Trafficking and Smuggling – If there is reason to suspect the purported parent or legal guardian of human trafficking or smuggling, DHS detains the adult in an appropriate, secure detection facility, separate from the minor. DHS continues to see instances and intelligence reports indicating minors are trafficked by unrelated adults, posing as a “family” in an effort to avoid detention.
Safety Risk – If there is reason to suspect the purported parent or legal guardian poses a safety risk to the child (e.g. suspected child abuse), it is not appropriate to maintain the adult and child together.
Criminal Prosecution – If an adult is referred for criminal prosecution, the adult will be transferred to U.S. Marshals Service custody and any children will be classified as an unaccompanied alien child and transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services custody.
In other words, what the leftists have been screaming about in their hyperbole about “children in cages” (btw, there were no children in cages. But you knew that, right?) and “detention camps” are border patrols taking reasonable precautions for the welfare and well-being of children in their care. Now we won’t have that. Happy, leftists? Sure you are, you don’t like children anyway.
Speaking of being careful about what you wish for: the left has been very invested all along in this open borders project. Not just here, either, but in Europe and everywhere they get their greedy little hands on the levers of power.
Me? I’m not for open borders. I’ve had enough experience of acculturation and different countries to know that the West cannot culturally endure an endless onslaught by other cultures, particularly not when it’s not even remotely culturally confident and will therefore cave to demands and fits by people who become “insta-oppressed” the moment they cross our border. (One wonders why they come if we’re so oppressive.)
We can’t stop immigration. We can markedly slow it down by taking enforcement seriously and not caving to the emotional appeals of the left.
The left doesn’t have immigrants’ best interests at heart. I read (and now can’t find to link) a sentimental piece in the NYT about a raid on a meat packing plant and how the town didn’t want their dear illegal neighbors deported. Only the people they quoted for the town were liberal interests who believe their status is enlarged by caring for the illegal immigrants (yes, I’m looking at you, Catholic church in the U.S.). And it was clear – very clear – from the article that the packing plant treated its employees very badly and paid them subpar wages.
I figure that’s part of the reason the left is for illegal immigration. They’ve missed their slaves since we made them give them up, and by gum, they want them back. The other part of this is that they think compliant populations used to authoritarian government will vote them into power forever.
Me? I think they should be careful what they wish for.
The open borders they desire and enforce will create a society they can’t survive in.
First, let’s suppose – unlikely – that nothing catastrophic results from the open borders short term.
What the left will get then is Western countries overridden by Third World immigrants. Not only will these countries be markedly less prosperous and produce less surplus of the kind that keeps the left comfortable in their academic and make-work jobs, but it turns out Third World immigrants are not the darling little poppets of the left’s imagination.
Third Worlders do not, as a matter of course, support the left’s agenda of “oppressed groups of all kinds” or tolerance of non-traditional lifestyles.
Depending on the Western country and the immigrants, the left will get anything from true racism/race war to immigrants who throw gays off roofs.
I’ve lived in a traditional and intolerant regime before. I can do it again. Sure, I write stuff, but other than that I’m pretty much a traditional wife and mother. No skin off my nose. At the very worst, I’ll have to shift what I write to more traditional fiction.
The left? They can’t survive this. Most of them aren’t equipped to live in the real world, let alone to keep their mouths shut and do something useful.
Even in the best case scenario where no immediate result comes from open borders, just a shift in the country’s way of living and beliefs, the left will be most immediately and horribly affected.
Second – let’s take the more likely result of our effective open borders: disaster.
We know there are terrorists coming through our southern border. Well, would-be terrorists, both natives of Latin America (where I understand the crazier strains of Islam are making great strides) and Middle Easterners. The only reason we haven’t got hit yet, really, is that G-d has blessed us with bizarrely incompetent enemies.
But sooner or later, even a blind elephant finds the peanut. So, let’s suppose we get one successful attack. Just one. And let’s suppose it becomes known that the guy came through the southern border.
Oh, sh*t, son. As mad as people are already (I don’t think the Democrats realize the rest of us hadn’t signed up for their “children in cages” emotional ride. I don’t think Trump did either, more’s the pity), put that kind of fire to the tinder, and you’re going to see stuff that makes the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre look like a Sunday school picnic.
This is more of a problem for me. It was bad enough after 9/11 when my neighbors in “progressive” Manitou Springs, Colo., (aka Boulder South) started asking pointedly if I was Arab and scared me enough my kids were sent to school with crosses bigger than their heads hanging around their necks.
Now the boys are grown, and they both are more immediately identifiable on sight as “Latin” (despite the fact their father is mostly Anglo-Irish). Depending on how big the attack is that results from the open borders nonsense, depending on how bad the conflagration is, the backlash will endanger my children and me.
Never mind. That’s okay. We’re all smart and we’ll probably get through.
But we won’t like the country that emerges after that.
And the left will like it even less. No, seriously. Those who haven’t been beaten to death with their “No human being is illegal signs” are going to purely hate a country in which people do assume the cultural superiority of the West and where no one has time for their virtue-signaling games. (Though there will be virtue signaling enough from a more racialist/nationalist side.)
Which is why they should stop pushing emotion-laden nonsense now. And why – Mr. President – our executive should not under any circumstances give in to emotional blackmail.
Because the left won’t like what they’re wishing for. And the rest of us won’t be very fond of it either.
Resist the left’s insanity.
Do it for the children.