Comment: Roots Of Conundrum
The Republican House and Democratic Senate will introduce competing bills today to address President Obama's request for $4 billion to handle child refugees from Central America. Despite the rhetoric, there is not much separating leaders of both parties on this issue. Both are largely agreed to come down heavy on child refugees and send them back to their homelands to be brutalized and abused. The real problem for Democrats Pelosi and Reed and Republicans Boehner and McConnell is that they have to ignore those on the right who want to be even tougher and the few on the left who refuse to treat the children this badly, and its tough finding enough votes in the middle. The Obama Administration, in the meanwhile, is largely aligning itself with Republicans and against Congressional Democrats in expediting children back to the horrific conditions they are seeking refuge from.

How has this sorry state of affairs come about? Sometimes clues can be found in little things. A story in Roll Call today has this doozy: "Republicans argue that changing the law so children from other countries can self-deport would speed up the extradition process for the tens of thousands of migrant children at the border." It is not that it defies logic that children would "self-deport". The issue, rather, is how Congressional Quarterly/Roll Call came to publish such inanity. The author of the article is one Bridget Bowman - listed on CQ/RollCall's masthead as an Intern. She is clearly either an avowed anti-immgrant (and CQ is joining the Tea Party), or CQ/RollCall should refrain from permitting interns to post stories without adequate training. Perhaps an Immigration Daily reader will let CQ/RollCall know (here's the contact page). If the press does not do its constitutionally protected job of reporting facts and permitting open expressions of opinion in its pages (instead of grinding partisan axes silently, as in the above example), it is not a surprise that our system doesn't function too well at the moment.

If Mr. Obama wishes to grasp control of the narrative, perhaps he could invite Texas Governor Perry to visit the Central American countries from which these children seek refuge, and ask what would Mr. Perry do were he a denizen there - of course, Mr. Obama has done no such thing, since he largely agrees with Mr. Perry that pounding on children is fun. Mr. Obama's real priorities are now slowly and painfully coming into focus - he seems determined to secure for himself the uncontested title of "Deporter-in-Chief" as his enduring legacy. While the usually professional beltway press havers, the real issues are getting lost - the fact is that in a globalizing world, movements of people are only in a limited sense controlled by any country's government. Desperate individuals pushed by horrific circumstances will take enormous risks in the hope of finding refuge. In the World War II era, a boat full of Jewish children was turned back from New York harbor, those children were later murdered by German Nazis in concentration camps. Some on the Republican right can't wait to have another chance to repeat history, and Democratic leaders appear ready to lend a helping hand to these Republican crazies. Those who care about immigrants should realize that their friends on the Hill are few and far between.

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