By now many Americans have heard about the issue concerning the thousands of undocumented children that have arrived at our borders. It’s a situation that’s emphasized just how important it is that we address our broken immigration system.
And as expected Republicans have tried to exploit the situation to levy attacks against President Obama. Because what would a story such as this be like without Republicans spending 90 percent of their time blaming it entirely on President Obama?
They claim Obama’s attempt to pass immigration reform is the reason why thousands of undocumented children have flooded toward our border. Then when these undocumented immigrants (mostly children and women) were bused into the United States for processing, Republicans couldn’t wait to get in front of a camera to claim that the president was responsible for all of this.
And they’re partially right. A president was responsible for this. In fact, it was the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act that helped redefine how we handled undocumented immigrants from countries other than Mexico and Canada. Under this act the law requires that undocumented children from other countries be handed over to the Department of Health and Human Services to be cared for. They’re also given legal counsel and advocates to explain how to seek asylum or other ways to stay in this country.
So when children from Central or South America come here, this act requires that we care for them.
But I’m not saying Republicans are wrong for blaming a president for passing such an act that possibly encourages immigrants from non-contiguous countries to come here.
They’re just blaming the wrong one. See, this act was signed in 2008 by President George W. Bush.
In fact, it’s President Obama who’s trying to get the law changed so that Border Patrol agents can treat immigrants from Central America the same way we do Mexico and Canada. That is, they can catch and directly send them back to their home countries, speeding up the deportation process.
Shocking, I know. Republicans blaming President Obama for something that was caused by the Bush administration. That never happens, right? Well, at least not since the last time a Republican tried to blame President Obama for our troops being out of Iraq.
In fact, while Republicans often claim President Obama has encouraged illegal immigration, he’s actually deported more undocumented immigrants than any president in United States history.
He might go down as the first president to ever be bashed by Republicans for being too soft on illegal immigration and criticized by his own party for being too harsh on it.
But no matter which side of the argument you take, there’s one indisputable fact: The act which crafted the law that determines how we process undocumented immigrants from non-contiguous countries was signed by George W. Bush, not President Obama.
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