Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Democrats Dilemma: Fix the Problem or Haz a Sad

It’s come to this:

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria has emerged as one of the first liberal journalists to admit that the U.S. system of asylum is “out of control” and is being “gamed.”  He discussed the growing crisis on his program, “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” and in a recent column in the Washington Post saying it “pains me to say that he [Trump] is right.”

He acknowledges that the number of asylum seekers has skyrocketed in the last five years [3 of which were during the Reign of Obama] which has led to a “staggering backlog in immigration courts.”

Zakaria calls the current asylum rules “vague” and says “they are too lax.”

Even Fareed Zakaria can figure out what Congress apparently cannot.

Still, House Speaker Pelosi who has called the border situation “child abuse” and “an atrocity that violates every value we have.” She then cynically proceeded to pass a $4.5 million package of emergency humanitarian relief saying “our legislation is a vote against the cruel attitude toward children of this administration.” She then proceeded to explain that the bill was a funding bill and not an immigration reform measure. Dan Crenshaw’s tweet in response to 2016 Presidential loser Hillary Clinton could just as easily be directed at Pelosi.

But back to Zach:

Perhaps Zakaria’s most honest admission was that “asylum is meant to be granted to a small number of people in extreme circumstances — not as a substitute for the process of immigration itself. Yet the two have gotten mixed up.”

You know, that concept is so clearly the case, so easy to understand you’d think the smartest people in this country – journalists and elite Democrat politicians – would have figured it out years ago. And fixed it, like Zakaria suggests:

The criteria for asylum need to be rewritten and substantially tightened. The number of courts and officials dealing with asylum must be massively expanded. (According to former immigration official David Martin, today’s crisis has its roots in the budgetary cuts of the mid-Obama years, which starved the government of resources to process asylum applicants quickly.) People should not be able to use asylum claims as a way to work in the United States. There needs to be much greater cooperation with the home countries of these applicants rather than insults, threats and aid freezes. No one fix will do it, but we need the kind of sensible bipartisan legislation that has resolved past immigration crises.

You know, like President Trump has been trying to do since the day he came down that escalator in 2015.

But that’s okay Dems, if you really, really don’t want to make America Great Again you can continue to stage your theatrical hissy fits at empty yards.

Because that’s real productive too.