The Border Crisis is Tearing up the Country
Just got home from a trip to the East to attend a wedding and family reunion. I had a chance to talk to people who are not very political or chat at airports during flight delays.
My "unscientific" result is that this border crisis is tearing up the country. It is the leading story in local newscasts or a front page item in newspapers.
I spent a lot of time with Cubans and other Latin Americans, and this border chaos is not playing well for President Obama. I get the feeling that President Obama is getting blamed,in light of his unwillingness to enforce the law while going around Congress concerning the young people in 2012.
It certainly confirmed what I read from Michael Barone that this crisis is souring a lot of Hispanics about President Obama.
Hispanics, especially those of us who came here legally, are angry that laws are not enforced and that taxpayers will have to bail out another failed federal policy. The immigration issue is no longer about "legalizing" the nice young woman who works on your roof but rather about chaos and a lack of presidential leadership.
The numbers are staggering as reported by Debra Saunders:
"In 2011, some 4,000 unaccompanied children were caught after crossing into the United States. In 2012, the number rose to more than 13,000 children.
Last year, that number hit 38,759; and already this year, the toll exceeds 52,000, with most minors coming from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador."
Add to this that these kids are now being sent around the country, without the consent of local government or citizens, and you have an issue tearing up the country.
Here in Texas, people are smart enough to know that communities cannot handle an avalanche of new immigrants, especially kids who will require lots of government subsidies.
Again, this issue is not helping President Obama and I don't see a happy ending.