How angry should we be with members of the House and Senate who don’t apologize to the American people now that San Francisco’s sanctuary city status is suddenly new news because of a murder? Public decision makers will frame what happened as a problem caused by the failure to pass sweeping immigration reform legislation. They will ignore the fact that efforts to clamp down on big city refusals to enforce federal law have been rejected for years, with predictable consequences.
It has been a raucous summer for the GOP House. John Boehner’s threats to Obama flew, some right at the president, others at his Democratic enablers in the Senate. The White House plan to spend billions to aid foreign intruders went down the drain. The border bill tanked. The Senate left town. Republicans came back. Boehner aimed a taunt at his Senate opponent:
Senator Reid, embarrassed that he cannot strong-arm the Senate into passing the blank check President Obama demanded, is making a deceitful and cynical attempt to derail the House’s common-sense solution.
How angry should we be over the lies about the border that the Obama administration sold to the public? It was easy to swallow the half-truths and outright fabrications that summed up border policy until the administration got caught with its pants down by a bunch of illegal kids. Now Washington has to act because the president has a PR disaster on his hands that is exploding out of control.
What do childhood arrivals eagerly awaiting their DACA rubber stamp have in common with U.S. visa overstays? Homeland Security’s numbers. In a recent federal report the agency admits there are over one million visa overstays it has been unable to match to arrival records.¹ The data problem is a little different with DACA applicants. Most of them are getting what they want when they sign up for Obama deferred action, which raises the question of how the records can show so many illegal immigrants have spotless pasts?