Frank D. Banta professes the Obama Administration does not fairly and equitably apply the rules. Finally, in the fourth paragraph, he mentions the “Illegal Executive Order” ignoring the law.
As with most followers of Fox News, the article is full of “Talking Points” without one example.
The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 passed the House and Senate unanimously and was signed into law by President George W. Bush. That law says the children cannot be sent back. They must instead be held humanely by the Department of Health and Human Services until the courts release them to a “suitable family member” in this country. The child “shall be promptly placed in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child,” the law stipulates. “Placement of child trafficking victims may include placement in an Unaccompanied Refugee Minor program … if a suitable family member is not available to provide care.”
The proponents of amnesty for illegal alien point out the Obama administration has made historic improvements to border security and immigration enforcement, leading to “record” numbers of deportations that surpass the performance of earlier administrations. In December 2012, John Morton, then-director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced that his agency had removed nearly 410,000 illegal aliens that year.
“House Republicans suggested that since they don’t expect to pass a bill I can sign, that I should go ahead and act on my own to solve the problem,” Obama said. After advising Obama to “act on his own,” the House GOP approved a lawsuit accusing Obama of abusing his authority, focused on the administration’s implementation of his signature health care law.
The Republican House left town for their five-week vacation, refusing to produce any legislation the president would sign. In other words – a compromise on highways, immigration reform, jobs, student loans and wages. Obama says all of the policies would help families feel more stable, but Republicans have blocked all. Compromise is not a profanity; compromise is a sacred obligation for a constitutional democracy to ensure the common good.
John W. Merrick