Even when undocumented children were pouring across the border, it took a while for the mainstream media to catch up to the story. Now they’ve decided that covering the ongoing problems at the border is killing their narrative, thus leading many Americans to believe that the situation is under control. This, of course, makes it easier for Obama to sway public opinion on deferred deportations and present every illegal alien like an upstanding member of American society.
But the situation is far from under control, according to new Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The Republican appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday to clear up any misconceptions people might have about a secure border. “We all saw what happened on the Texas border last summer,” Abbott said, “but we need to understand that the problem is not going away.”
Abbott said that since the beginning of the year, “more than 20,000 people have come across the border…and so we have an ongoing problem on the border that Congress must step up and solve.” It should be noted, of course, that even that astronomical number only accounts for those illegals who were apprehended. The real number, including those who avoided detection, could easily be much higher.
Host Bob Schieffer argued that Texas can’t send the more than 800,000 illegal aliens back to Mexico on a series of buses. Abbott conceded the point, but he argued that it was up to the president to live up to his word. “The president himself said as these people were coming across the border that he would repatriate them as soon as possible. So, we need to see whether or not the president himself is going to live up to the commitment that he made.”
President Obama live up to a commitment? We probably shouldn’t put too many eggs in that basket. There’s a better chance of America’s millions of illegals to decide for themselves that they would rather go back home of their own volition.
Nonetheless, Obama’s November executive order is in jeopardy. A Texas judge ruled last week that the administration may not begin implementing the order until a 26-state strong lawsuit against the executive branch has been settled conclusively. Shortly after the ruling, advocates for amnesty spoke out against the stay. The Boston Herald interviewed one such advocate – Ronnie Miller of the Irish International Immigrant Center:
“The timing’s not good. The longer this goes on, it puts young people at a greater disadvantage. This is a good thing for America that these young people are able to work and go to college. This is what America’s all about.”
So there you have your sides. Obama and company want to avoid doing anything that would disadvantage young illegals, and the rest of us want to make sure that U.S. citizens come first. The fact that the latter group is the one being painted as the villains in the press is all you need to know about how screwed up things have gotten.