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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