Reality Check: Republicans Actually Love the Immigration Crisis at Our Border

boehner-immigrationYou can’t turn the news on nowadays without hearing about the thousands of immigrant children that have traveled here from Central and South America seeking asylum.  Check out any conservative media outlet and all you’ll see is Republican after Republican blaming President Obama for this entire situation.

Blatantly ignoring the fact that law determining how we must deal with immigrants from non-contiguous countries was signed in 2008 by George W. Bush.

But don’t let this “outrage” by Republicans fool you.  Deep down they actually love what’s going on at our border.

It’s given them another reason to blame something on President Obama – that has nothing to do with President Obama.

In fact, President Obama has tried to fix the 2008 law so that we can treat immigrants from non-contiguous countries the same way we do those from Canada and Mexico.  That is, give Border Patrol agents the power to immediately start the deportation process.

Right now immigrants from non-contiguous countries must be taken in and put in front of an immigration judge to determine whether or not they’ll be granted asylum.  Whereas immigrants from Canada and Mexico can be immediately sent back.

Obama’s even asked for a $3.7 billion bill to help fix the problems on the border pertaining to these immigrant children.

The problem is Republicans are refusing to act, using the ridiculous excuse that “they don’t trust the president to handle immigration.”  That’s pretty much been their go-to excuse as to why they haven’t taken up immigration reform.  You’d have to be an idiot to buy that excuse, yet tens of millions of conservative voters apparently do.

So we have a president who’s trying to change the law so that we can instantly deport immigrants from non-contiguous countries, who’s asking for $3.7 billion to help deal with the crisis we’re currently dealing with, yet Republicans aren’t doing a damn thing but complaining that President Obama isn’t trying to do anything.

It’s laughable.

But they sure as heck aren’t going to support these measures by President Obama.  Why would they?  One of their key talking points to get their base riled up has been bashing the president on immigration.  Hell, Sarah Palin just called for his impeachment because of this issue.

If they support his plan to help fix some of these issues, then what?  Who really thinks Republicans are going to help the president eliminate one of their best made up talking points that they use against him?

Though it’s not just their continued attacks on President Obama they want to maintain.  They want to exploit these children to get their voters in a mad frenzy heading into this year’s midterm elections as well.  With racism prevalent within many conservative voters, pushing the idea that thousands of immigrant children are flooding our borders due to “radical liberal policies making our nation less safe” is exactly what they want to use to help increase their voter turnout.

Or in the case of Rick Perry, he’s using it for photo-ops he can use during his 2016 presidential campaign.

But when it comes right down to it, Republicans are loving the situation at the border and they have absolutely no intention of working with President Obama to fix it.

Because by doing so they’d be helping the president and eliminating one of their best pieces of propaganda against Obama.

Which are two things they sure as heck aren’t planning on doing.

And by not helping the president actually fix this issue, instead choosing to play partisan politics like always, they are the ones who are actually encouraging it.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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