Obama's Playbook: Blame Bush and Then Congress


Obama's Playbook: Blame Bush and Then Congress

Debra J. Saunders | Jul 31, 2014

Debra J. Saunders

In June, President Barack Obama sent a letter to Congress asking for help to address the surge of illegal crossings at the Texas-Mexico border. Among other items, Obama asked Congress to grant him the legal authority "to exercise discretion in processing the return and removal of unaccompanied minor children from non-contiguous countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador."


The administration blamed a 2008 anti-human-trafficking law signed by President George W. Bush for preventing officials from promptly deporting minors not eligible for asylum.

House Republicans were happy to oblige. Speaker John Boehner maintained that voters would not accept spending more money on unauthorized migrants without fixing the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008.

So what did Obama do? He left that reform out of the $3.7 billion emergency border package he sent to Congress.

"Suddenly, magically, there was no reform," observed Don Stewart, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. "There was just money."

What happened? Early on, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., an author of the Wilberforce law, maintained that the law includes an "exceptional circumstances" clause, which would allow authorities to modify how they process the more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors who are here now, largely from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Having witnessed the chaos at the border, Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, crossed the aisle to work with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to offer a bill to treat unaccompanied minors from Central America's Northern Triangle the same as children from Mexico. As Cornyn argues, a bill that was supposed to shield children from human traffickers has had the unintended consequence of boosting business for human smugglers to use children as "commodities."

A July Pew Research Center poll found that 53 percent of those polled want Washington to speed up deportations of asylum seekers, whereas 37 percent oppose a change in policy.

But this White House doesn't move to the center. Ditto the Democratic leadership. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., maintains that the 2008 law has had no role in the surge of unaccompanied minors. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi protested to MSNBC, "The baby Jesus was a refugee from violence."

In Majority Leader Harry Reid's Senate, there are no enemies to the left. Once a Democrat opposes an item because it's not liberal enough, moderate Democrats shut up and back off.

Reid spent the week threatening to add last year's big Senate immigration bill to any measure passed by the House, apparently just to poison the well in the House.

Though the Senate forwarded a $2.7 billion emergency bill in a procedural vote Wednesday, it will fail absent a Wilberforce reform. Already, GOP senators and three at-risk Democrats have announced their opposition.

As Congress is scheduled to begin a five-week recess, don't expect Obama or Reid to support the White House's erstwhile request. In Obama and Reid's Washington, there is no crisis that cannot be prolonged for politics.

Entry #756


Avatar MADDOG10 -
And the democrats criticize the House for not getting things done. What?? Read the part of what he left out. This administration is PURE EVIL....!
Avatar sully16 -
I wish we had Trey Gowdy on this, but he's got his hands full with other scandals.
So many scandals so little time.
Avatar emilyg -
I rue the day we got stuck with this administration.
Avatar sully16 -
A bunch of us were sitting around, thinking what would it take for Martial law to be declared, what would be the catalyst that propels blahblah into a dictatorship like authority.
we came up with some interesting stuff, and the fact we don't who has been coming in here and what they are bringing could be on the horizon.
Avatar jarasan -
barry is reprehensible, shameless, and should be sent to Mosul to deal directly with the leadership of Isis and prove to the world he cares about Christianity and human life.
Avatar dallascowboyfan -
Please he had 2 years with a democratic congress and he did not pass any job bill. But yet he wants to blame this congress (face palm).
Avatar sully16 -
Harry Reid stops everything when it gets to him, then they blame everyone else, they are playing with lives for the sole purpose of political power, and that's what you call evil.
Avatar MADDOG10 -
Thanks everyone, That's exactly what I've been saying. This administration is made up of nothing but LIES>>>>>!
Avatar sully16 -
The more I watch Trey Gowdy, the more I wish he would run, got as Trey thing going this week.

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