June 19, 2018

Watching DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen fight off the lion’s den of reporters who are suddenly outraged over the treatment of families attempting to enter illegally at the border (due to seeing photos) hit a nerve with people who’ve been covering this situation for years (and photographing it) as the media yawned. 


Check out this stunning Twitter thread of photos from 2014 posted by Brandon Darby that few of the crusading defenders of illegal immigrant families seemed to give a hang about when Obama was President.


Ed Driscoll at Instapundit really dug into the double standard archives to pull up this stunningly hawkish quote:  “America is a country where the rule of law rules. This picture illustrates what happens to those who defy the rule of law and how far our government and people will go to preserve it. Come all ye who understand that.”


Is that the “xenophobic” Donald Trump cruelly celebrating the separation of parents and children?  No, it’s New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman defending the photo of a federal agent acting on order of the Clinton Administration in pointing a rifle at the family of Elian Gonzalez as they yanked him from the arms of his family and shipped him back to Cuba.


And if you see a widely-circulated photo of a small child crying behind what appears to be a portable dog pen, that was actually a fake photo set up and taken by immigration protesters at a rally in Dallas.


The current situation is heartrending, but it’s a lot more complicated than “mean Trump hates immigrant families.”  It’s a problem that’s been going on for well over a decade. People using emotion as an argument ignore the facts that the parents chose to break the law and it’s sometimes impossible to determine whether a minor with an illegal alien is an actual relative or a victim of human trafficking.  Any real solution would involve Congress taking action or increased security turning back all illegal entry at the border. 


Until the critics have the stomach to do something that would actually make a difference, their sudden outrage and tears over the sad situation at this late, politically-convenient date ring hollow.


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  • Cynthia Avery

    06/19/2018 06:39 PM

    Thank you for continuing to tell the truth about the immigration situation. I have the greatest respect for you.

  • Kathy Todd

    06/19/2018 05:26 PM

    I am saddened and horrified at the thought of a child being taken away from loving parents. However, we are a nation of laws and breaking the laws has separated families since the first jail was built. We also do not know the whole story or the truth about what is actually going on. I think Congress needs to find a solution and pass laws that are fair and enforceable - and enforce them. Where is King Solomon when we need him?

  • Jim Perry

    06/19/2018 04:36 PM

    Hello Gov. Huckabee,

    I entered the USA from Canada with my parents in the mid-1950s. My father served in His Majesty's navy through WWII on destroyer escort to protect Allied troops heading the Europe. We had a clear intent to become naturalized US citizens after the 7 years it took back then, and we did. Our brief swearing in ceremony at a government office is still a clear memory over 50 years later, and am glad my parents had courage and determination to do this and make the USA our country. In other words, our family was invested in the USA for the rest of our lives, with no expectation of using any sort of free social services, etc., making quick cash and then promptly leaving. My parents encouraged my younger brother and I to work to get an education and become an asset to this great nation. After a lengthy technical professional career in the corporate world, I decided to semi-retire and went to work for our local (near Atlanta) public school system in ESOL and Special Ed. for 15 years and am now recently retired. Having worked on development projects in Latin America and Asia, I wanted to give back some of my knowledge to newcomers and special needs families, especially since I spoke Spanish. That experience showed me a broad spectrum of the immigrant population arriving from several countries, and I can say that many immigrants are here by following the rules and becoming positive contributors to our country. However, there was also all of the negative stuff, which seemed to follow the families that entered the USA illegally. Letting large numbers of people into a country without basic documentation and sponsorship puts these immigrants at very high risk to be exploited, taken advantage of, etc. During much of my time in ESOL, I felt more like a social worker than classroom support staff. Decent immigration laws work for everybody concerned, especially for the immigrant. I really (and unrealistically) wish most of the mass media would stop grandstanding the current border situation and become part of positive solutions to help everyone: current citizens, government employees and immigrants. They could start by having newly naturalized citizens tell the story of their journey to US citizenship and what it means to them. During 8th grade Georgia Studies classes, the General Ed. teacher would routinely call on me to tell my story, often to students that we were born here and might not know the road to citizenship. All the best to you and your family! - from a former Canadian turned "Southernized" US citizen.

  • Duane White

    06/19/2018 11:48 AM

    I would like to say thank you to Ed Driscoll for actually reporting the truth.