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.
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.
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
Another bill passed years ago has come back to haunt Capitol Hill. Eager to demonstrate its anti-terrorism stance after the September 11 attacks, Congress passed 2005’s Real ID Act as part of H.R. 1268, a messy spending juggernaut that paid for everything from global anti-terrorism efforts to tsunami relief to military death benefits.
Is Janet Napolitano a bad boss, or is the strain of trying to reconcile law enforcement and the demands of idiotic social policy straining employee happiness at Homeland Security? The Government Accountability Office reports that ICE and the TSA are depressing Homeland Security worker morale scores.
Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh can thank the announcement on Paul Ryan for diverting some of the attention from remarks he made last week that are turning into an ugly debate over political correctness, Islamophobia, and whether the GOP harbors an anti-Muslim bias.
Securing our homeland is a tough job. Not only do we have to monitor the ports, skies, and borders, the 9/11 terrorist attacks proved we also need to worry about who we let in our door and what they do while they are here.