The political maneuvering surrounding the border crisis feels like a high stakes game of Texas Hold’em.  Republicans and Democrats, including the President, are cautiously playing their cards; placing their bets then waiting to see who raises.

Texas Governor Rick Perry declines to meet President Obama on the airport tarmac when he arrives for brief visit.  He holds out for a longer meeting to talk about the immigration problem.

The President makes a trip to Texas, but primarily to raise campaign funds.  He agrees to meet with Perry, but won’t go to the border to witness the humanitarian crisis first hand.

We debate the optics.  MSNBC’s Hardball asks, “Is this Obama’s Katrina?”  Did it look bad that Obama had a photo op playing pool at a Colorado bar, while overwhelmed relief agencies cared for the thousands of border crossers?  If Obama went to the border and met with some of the illegals would the mess then be his?

The game goes on.  Meanwhile every day illegal immigrants from Central America cross the Rio Grande and, according to an Associated Press reporter at the border, “walk up to agents, wave to their remote cameras or simply wait to be picked up on the side of the road.”

We have a serious disconnect here.  Somewhere, not so long ago, politics transitioned from the art of the possible to the craft of getting elected and re-elected.  Problems are not solved, but rather managed politically until the press tires of the subject and something else comes along.

Many of these border crossers are risking their lives to come here.  Yes, some are miscreants or worse and it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, but for those who are desperate and scared, just the idea of America offers them hope. They are real people, not cards in this high-stakes game.

The long and dangerous journey of these folks should be meaningful to any of us who have been told and retold the family stories of how ancestors came here with the clothes on their backs, a few dollars in their pockets, an address of a relative and a dream.

Still, there is something fundamentally wrong with two sets of rules for immigrants—one for people who follow the law and wait their turn and another for those who overwhelm the border and, once released pending a hearing date, disappear among the estimated 11-12 million people who are here illegally.

Even if the President did go to the border the photo op, while satisfying the insatiable news cycle, would be irrelevant.  It would only create the perception of doing something.  “The president demonstrated concern for the illegal immigrant situation today…”

Instead, how about solving the problem?  I don’t have the answer, but that’s why we elect our representatives.  Figure it out and give it to us straight.  We can handle the truth and can appreciate when leaders are trying to fix something that’s broken.  At least give us that much credit.

What we don’t need is gamesmanship for the fleeting upper hand in the constant political cycle.

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  • Maynard

    It's Democrat move, kind sir.

  • DP

    Excellent article Hoppy-you nailed it!!!

    Silas Lynch-I 100% agree with your 1:49 p.m. post!

    Obummer's lame excuse last night about not going to the border due to his not being into photo-ops is laughable! He's had more photo-ops than ALL modern Presidents combined! I don't recall a photo-op during the Benghazi attack (probably in bed getting ready for his Vegas trip). And what was he doing yesterday? Shooting pool and drinking beer (Joe cool), blaming the Republicans (as always) and MOST importantly-fundraising- the ONLY thing he is remotely competent at!

    This POTUS is an absolute disgrace and hopefully our wonderful Country can weather the storm during his remaining time in office!!!

  • George

    This is a typical Democratic move: If we let the illegals and the criminals in this Country, they will surely be voting Democrat along with the welfare and people who are feeding off entitlement programs..........that's the Obama way...ruining coal jobs with everyone signing up for unemployment and welfare..........that's the Obama way, let's keep putting those Dems back in office, that's the West Virginia way".........

  • mntnman

    Nor does saying it make it the truth -- have you personally done the testing or are you just spreading internet rumors. typical.

  • Pete

    Aaron, good job!

  • ViennaGuy

    - Somewhere, not so long ago, politics transitioned from the art of the possible to the craft of getting elected and re-elected. Problems are not solved, but rather managed politically until the press tires of the subject and something else comes along. -

    Well stated, Hoppy!

    Another way to phrase it would be "Nero fiddles while Rome burns."

  • any major dude

    I totally agree with Mr. fed up that the reason "these people" ever came to the US in the first place is for the free college education, to get on food stamps, free housing, etc. It has nothing to do with the fear of being caught in the crossfire between warring drug lords. I say we turn these children around at the border and give 'em a good swift kick back home, where they can spread their diseases with impunity! And, by the way, we would strongly urge you not to move your family to a better neighborhood to protect your children from the violence and drugs in certain areas of town. After all, children have to grow up sometime!

  • Wowbagger

    Welfare! Lady Liberty's message was formulated when legal immigrants came to work, not collect welfare!

  • Silas Lynch

    and common of you..

  • mntnman

    To be certain, Dems blew it by not doing what they wanted when they did have the filibuster proof majority (I think that's what you meant.) Failed leadership. Same story, different party.

    On the other hand, with Ted Kennedy sick for much of that time, he was unable to vote -- thus few filibuster proof votes. Then there are the holds senators get. The Senate is/was designed to give too much power to one individual over the proceedings. And that's bad whichever party is in power. Elections are supposed to have consequences -- but they don't/can't when the minority party (whichever it may be) can stop things or bring things to a crawl.

  • mntnman

    I could respond by saying that republicans in congress started the no respect thing the day he was elected. I could also point out that because they made it clear that he would get absolutely no help in governing, and obstruction all the way, that he did what he had to. But I won't because it simply feeds more and more into the ongoing partisan battle. I don't trust any of them.

    But I guarantee you if politicians who wanted to get things done tried, they could by reaching across the aisle to get things done. To compromise. To make things better. That is how you govern and how you get things done. Or at least its how we used to govern and get things done. The failures of our government over the last 20 years are so big and have been so detrimental, nothing but a sea change will make it right in our lifetimes.

    I have never thought term limits to be good in a democracy. I have definitively changed my mind. 12 years max. If you serve in Congress, House or Senate -- 12 years max. Lets get back to a citizen congress. Even with the problems that would entail, it would likely be better than the mess we have now.

  • mntnman

    Typical.

  • Aaron

    Wouldn't building new ones be preferable and cheapest then discharging minors to foster care? I know Hop Hip stated Jesus is on their side but seriously, they're not just letting kids loose on the American public, are they?

  • Aaron

    How was Republicans obstructing in 09 and 10 when Democrats had a veto proof Congress?

  • Hillboy

    Yes, but there is also a CAFTA and some people think it hasn't benefitted Central American very much. The US has reportedly persuaded some of the Central American countries to accept excess US agricultural products. This has hurt the local agricultural sectors contributing to unemployment, hunger, violence, and emigration.

  • Hillboy

    If you are talking about DACA, it is hard to say for sure what effect that had. For one thing none of these kids would be eligible, although there are apparently a number of false rumors circulating in central America. The other thing is the number of Mexican kids apprehended at the border has stayed almost pretty much constant the past 4 years. Almost all of the increase is due to kids from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. If it was DACA related I would expect a flood of Mexican kids as well

    I don't know anything about your second question other than that it is hard to find enough camps to accommodate the number of kids that have entered.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    Yea, no doubt in my mind to what degree those democrats will go to for those Hispanic votes.
    Clinton learned them to always be calculating just to win - not for good or the American way mind you but to have power. I shudder when I think that my mind was controlled by them a long time ago.
    You just have to experience how things really work.

  • Medman

    Two years ago when Obama gave that speech about "anchor kids" and issued the executive order to bypass current immigration law, he sent a message to everyone South of the border that his Administration would be sympathetic to children immigrants. The crooks and smugglers seized on that opportunity and recruited kids by telling their parents that the US was their only hope of a decent future. Obama created this mess by not knowing the unintended consequence of taking the law into his own hands, but you can bet your last dollar that he will find a way to blame Bush or the Rs for this fiasco.

  • Medman

    aaron,You are exactly on point. In 2008 he promised that immigration reform would be one of his top priorities in his first year in office. He essentially did nothing, even with a Dem Congress that could pass a bill without one R vote. It appears that the unions and his own party stopped any discussion of passing a bill at that time. Guess what?....now they blame the Rs for not coming up with a solution to the problem they created. It is all lies and politics with this President.

  • Shadow

    It could be solved if they would take Amnesty off the table. I know of few that believe that should be part of the solution. Our need is not more children or workers, our need is for the "Best and Brightest".

  • Aaron

    For those saying Republicans are obstructing immigration reform, the President had a veto proof Congress for 2 years. If immigration was truly a priority and not merely a talking point, why did Democrats not pass reform when Republicans could not stop them?

  • Aaron

    He had a veto proof Congress during his first 2 years in office. Why didn't he pass reform when Republicans could not obstruct the issue?

  • Shadow

    Further thought. Now we send dollars and military equipment as a part of Foreign Aid. We really should send Birth Control Pills and help them solve their own real problem. It certainly would cut down on governmental corruption in those countries and be good for business in our pill factories.

  • Aaron

    Is it coincidence that children started coming to the US after the Presidential Proclamation of 2011 that granted citizenship to certain illegal citizens?

    As to these children, as they are required to be processed by law, why are they then being allowed to leave pending a hearing that could take up to a year to hold? Why aren't they being detained in camps to ensure that 1) they are cared for and 2) they can be deported when it is determined they have no legal right to be in the US?

  • Aaron

    You said Jesus was on your side, praise the lord and pass the green beans.

  • Aaron

    I partially agree Mr. Man but I wonder one thing. You say House Republicans do nothing but given the complete lack of respect that this Administration has demonstrated for Congressional laws as is evident with both the Spruce Mine permit and with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, how can they trust that the President will enforce all aspects of any sort of immigration reform instead of picking and choosing which parts of the law he likes?

    In short mtnman, how can they trust President Obama to enforce what they pass?

    As to the last President to address Immigration, GWB tried but 3 separate bills failed to make it out of Congress and while I'm not trying to blame Democrats, they were in control of the House and Senate on 2 of them.

    The last President to sign immigration reform was Ronald Reagan, who signed the Simpson-Mazzoli Act which granted amnesty to millions of illegals.

  • Shadow

    The reason Obama is to blame is that his solution always includes "Amnesty" and that word is a no-no to a majority of Americans.

  • Shadow

    Hoppy, since you don't have an answer, let me give you ONE. Illegals are criminals the minute they step across the border. Send them back to the point of origin, all of them, 12 million or whatever, and let them stand in line like all of the legal immigrants have done. Why do they, as criminals, get special treatment? I think that would be the subject of a follow up column. We have enough criminals of our own, why take more. If you live in a terrible country, stay there and change it..... It is your country, do something about it. I say the same thing to us, we have a terrible administration and we are waiting patiently to change it in November.

  • Hillboy

    Right, there is the chronic long-term issue of immigration reform and the acute short-term issue of unaccompanied child immigrants. The latter I think though could be addressed more quickly as a separate discrete issue---if we had a functional Congress.

  • The bookman

    It is long past time for our government to resolve these long standing issues like immigration that have persisted through administrations of each party, as well as Houses of Congress that have shared majorities on each side of the aisle. No one benefits from the partisanship on this issue.

  • Silas Lynch

    You did. But Perry declined a tarmac meeting until Obama agreed to series of meetings.

  • Silas Lynch

    Isn't it both parties that share in the Iraq war; Isn't it both parties that share in WMD's claim? I know I sure heard enough from both sides tell me Saddam had WMD's..

    Nevertheless, what in the world is so "one sided" in Hoppy's commentary? Nothing. But because he didn't follow the talking points of CBS, NBC, ABC and the Charleston Gazette and completely throw Republicans under the bus while praising Obama's pleading for help, you see it as "one sided" --- Unbelievable.

    Anyone who read this as being "one sided" is indeed an incorrigible partisan themselves.

    How many years did Democrats control both chambers of Congress AND the Whitehouse?

  • The bookman

    I see this problem in the macro sense of immigration, not the micro issue of the children. We must provide a humanitarian hand to the children and stabilize them before returning them to their native country. They can't stay, and we can't infer that they can in any way. But we should make sure to not lose sight of the bigger picture with regard to immigration in this country. This is a hot button issue, but I don't see it as difficult to solve if we deal with the larger problem.

  • mntr bob

    As always, more money will solve the problems.

  • Pete

    Agree with you 100%. Also, can anyone tell us what administration in DC did anything about immigration? If so, when was it and what did they do?

  • mntnman

    This is why I don't always comment or read Hoppy's commentary. It is always so one-sided. I have made it clear that I do not think either side should get any accolades for governing. Neither side has anything but tired, worn ideas. Neither side seems to care about anything but being in charge -- they certainly don't seem interested in governing.

    Having said that, I have to wonder why Hoppy doesn't challenge the Republicans in the House for not doing anything. They haven't addressed immigration. They have a bill (one they don't like) from the Senate. They have done nothing with it. So, what are they doing Hoppy?

    Understanding that Hoppy clearly takes a side, generally the Republicans. Nonetheless, any thoughtful consideration of the problem would challenge both parties for their failures; not just one president. Particularly when one side has at least passed a proposal.

    My view is that the Democrats have governed poorly, while the Republicans have not governed at all. One side has failed to lead, the other side has spent its energy trying to take down the other side, instead of attempting to offer an alternative. Both parties should be ashamed.

    I understand that commentary is opinion. Particularly in politics it is generally one-sided. Nonetheless, it would be better if it considered the entire picture, instead of one side. So, I ask those of you that read here, isn't it both parties responsibility to govern on immigration? Don't both parties share the blame for the failure of no true immigration policy the past 20 years? Are Americans really served anymore by blaming one side or the other? Isn't it time to take them all to task? Work together and pass some legislation for goodness sake. I won't be holding my breathe.

    Just one man's opinion.

  • Walter

    I am simply shocked that our borders are unmanned, unmonitored and otherwise unsecure. But yet we get close to being assaulted and every orifice is checked to board an airplane in this country. Simply unbelievable.

  • Hillboy

    Bookman, in this case it is not a simple matter of enforcing the laws. The 2008 law I mentioned above is contributing to this crisis. People in Central America have figured out that if children try to cross the border with adults they get turned back but if they cross the border alone they get in. This crisis is an unintended consequence of how that law was written. Congress and the president need to address it.

  • Silas Lynch

    Second rate! -- and what college or you an economic professor at?

  • Mitch

    VERY well written article Hoppy. I wouldn't mind seeing you in government.

  • Hillboy

    Silas, I am not a lawyer so I can't tell you under what conditions executive orders can be made, but I don't think the powers are unlimited.

    Maybe I'm missing something but I fail to see why Obama would want to create this situation because there is no way he is going to benefit from it. He will be pilloried if he lets the children in and he will be pilloried if he turns them away at the border.

  • The bookman

    Silas, I disagree. Many Presidents have passed the buck on this issue, and Bush muddied the water by his mixed messages. We have had the opportunity to move on this problem and simply execute our laws and exercise the mandate of securing the border. Immigration reform is not necessary. It's a stall tactic. Secure the border, demand that undocumented illegals report within a window or be deported, and after that window of opportunity, execute our immigration laws and demand compliance. Obama has done nothing to solve the problem, but it is not of his creation.

  • Roger

    and yes I mis typed democrat. Stand down Grammer Police stand down

  • Roger

    Yea but do you know how many future democrate votes are crossing the boarder as we speak?

  • Silas Lynch

    out loud

  • thornton

    Obama believes you can do more!

    "Get off the token stick", he might say.

  • Silas Lynch

    Then where is his famous "pen and phone" ---- There is a reason he hasn't made an "Executive Order" and ended this crises. This is his "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" --- And we all know it.. All of us--- Both sides know it.

  • Silas Lynch

    Obama's proposal is always the same: A ridiculous number of demands the Republicans won't and can't agree to---

  • H.

    The Democratic Party continues to support concepts and ideas that are not in our best interests as a nation. These "illegal aliens" pose a significant threat to our economy, health, safety & well being as a nation.

  • Silas Lynch

    You know what all these people south of us are fleeing? Socialist Governments and the pristine pre-Industrial utopian environments the progressive relish so much for us all.

    I suppose if you get enough of them up here and we will become them!!!

  • Hillboy

    Explain how this crisis was created, blessed, and desired by Obama?

  • Silas Lynch

    Well, I'm sure many of our resident progressives will relish this as a justifiable payback for what the early American settlers did to the indigenous people of North America--- They might not admit it allowed but that secretly would delight in it.

  • Silas Lynch

    No matter how many times you say illegals bringing diseases across the border are "just rumors" doesn't make it so.

  • Silas Lynch

    Baloney!! Obama has a pen and he has a phone and he famously said he "would go it alone and go around congress" Now, how can we expect our political leaders to be "bi partisan" when we won't even be honest among ourselves here on a MetroNews bulletin board as to what and who facilitated this situation? This is a crisis created, blessed and desired by President Obama and his minions of demonic liberals..

  • The bookman

    Liberty,

    I agree with a methodical approach. And I don't call it Amnesty. If you are here illegally, present yourself to immigration authorities without the fear of immediate deportation and begin the legal process. You have 30 days.

    As a nation we must dedicate the resources to completely secure the border and control the access into this country. Sending such a message will stop the surge as Mexico will be required to secure its border, as they don't want over run with immigrants from Guatemala or points south either. But nothing matters until we secure the border.

  • Hillboy

    Hoppy somehow completes his 500-word assignment on the border crisis without once mentioning the word "children." This is a crisis that clearly involves children so how can one discuss it while only referring to the kids as "illegals" or "border crossers?"

    It's worth noting that Congress passed legislation that limits the flexibility of what the Border Patrol is allowed to with unaccompanied child migrants from Central America (under the Homeland Security Act in 2002 and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act in 2008). Unaccompanied children from Mexico can be interviewed and turned away at the border if they fail to convince Border Patrol agents they would be persecuted if returned to Mexico.

    However, unaccompanied child migrants from Central American countries are required by US law to be taken into custody, screened, and transferred to facilities operated under the Office of Refugee Resettlement (within the US DHHR). Border Patrol has much more flexibility in turning back families from Central America in which children are accompanied by adults.

    So, let's not pretend that this crisis has nothing to do with children when children are at the heart of the crisis. And, for those who think that Obama should just send the kids back at the border, keep in mind that he is bound by the laws passed by Congress and signed by his predecessor.

  • 2XLPatriot

    Just wait until some of the diseases these people are carrying starts dessimating American citizens. It is a fact that there are diseases being brought across the border that have all but been erradicated in our country. With the overuse of antibiotics creating superbugs and antibiotic resistant strains and mutations, say hello to the next epidemic/pandemic. A large portion ofthe diseases are not indigenous to the U.S. and therefore, very few have ever been vaccinated. The melting pot is full and it's about to spoil.

  • BR549

    Obama has proposed solutions to the problem, has been asking for immigration reform since the day he took office, has requested money to deal with the current crisis, met with Gov Perry and other Texas leaders to get their input.

    AS ALWAYS, he has tried to meet Republicans more than half way but they cannot find it in themselves to work with him.

  • liberty4all

    I think I agree with you. There must be emphasis on the rule of law and secure borders. The problem is that historically, whenever any president, D or R, speaks of immigration reform and amnesty, the southern border gets flooded with folks wanting to make it into the country before such amnesty is granted so they can take advantage. I believe it is unrealistic, sometimes inhumane (in cases where families are torn apart), and too costly to try and deport the 11-12 million currently here illegally. We must find a solution on how we are going to treat these people and assimilate them into our democracy while also recognizing and rewarding those who have attempted to legally immigrate to this country (no line jumping). However, we should not even discuss amnesty or whatever else you want to call it until we are prepared to deal with and stop the flood of people who are going to try and enter illegally when the very topic is brought up for discussion. A piecemeal approach would work best in this situation versus a "massive overhaul". In my humble opinion government works best when it does a little at a time and not when it tries to make a large, sweeping change at once.

  • The bookman

    Because people consume resources. Do you recognize the difference in the legal path of immigration in the US and the current method of choice along our Southern Border? There is a reason why we call it illegal immigration. The concept of an open border as it pertains to free markets results in the dissemination of wealth and prosperity, not the concentration of it inside a single country. We need to secure our border to maintain control of the flow of this migration into this country. We also need to send a clear message that our policy is that we are a nation of opportunity, but also of the rule of law. Participation in the American Dream must start with following our laws. So if you are found to be undocumented, you will be deported. I believe we should grant a window of opportunity for those who are here to enter the proper path and gain the proper documentation. But first we must close the border and gain control of the situation.

  • mntr bob

    Wasn't Obama in Texas to raise money and stir the base? I thought the President had a pen and a phone. There is plenty of blame to go around, however, GW seemed to take most of the backlash when he was in office and even now that he is gone, so shouldn't we afford the same to President Obama.

  • Nobama

    And what's Obama doing in Texas. Couldn't be raising money because he is a Democrat and they only care about the poor.

  • BR549

    It's seen by the Republicans as a fundraising opportunity, scream that Obama has created this problem, refuse to do anything in congress to help solve it, let the right wing talking heads spread their propaganda and watch the money pour in.

    The same with every other problem facing the country, Republicans will not help solve any issue as long as a democrat is in the White House, they would rather preach fear and doom, plus raise money.

  • Bill

    If the free market and open borders works for capital, why shouldn't it work for labor?

  • KT

    You're commentaries are spot on 99.99% of the time. Today, you absolutely NAILED it!

    "We have a serious disconnect here. Somewhere, not so long ago, politics transitioned from the art of the possible to the craft of getting elected and re-elected. Problems are not solved, but rather managed politically until the press tires of the subject and something else comes along."

    I'm sad you're so right about this. If only the voters would back true leaders and were savvy enough to resist the alluring sound bite.

  • Mike

    This seemingly endless stream of "transnational trespassers" is likely viewed by libs as a target rich environment of yet undocumented democrats.

  • The bookman

    So your position is open border, then......?

  • Bill

    Maybe we should get back to some time tested American values and principles:

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
    "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
    With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

  • WV Bird

    Funny you should say that. I have already offered to foster a child!

  • thornton

    ...i.e. transform the registered voter list.

  • thornton

    They masses will need your address, WV Bird.

  • thornton

    People desperate to stay on the gravy train are indeed fleeing.
    Rather than hitting the macadam out of Dodge though, it would be nice to see some stick and then raise a voice for their country.....independent of angering the Puccio-types of their Party, at a state or federal level.

    I understand that it's hard to talk when you are out of breath from running and dodging away.
    But it's even harder when you have nothing to say.....the electorate is responsible for the later.

  • WV Bird

    Your commentary,once again, seems to blame Obama,as does one of the replies suggesting the president has invited people across the border.
    I suggest obstructionist strategies since January 09 have attempted to prevent any movement by the executive branch of government.
    Noam Chomsky has said "the smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum....”. As long as we continue to debate whose fault it is, we will not solve this issue any more than arguing about who is responsible for provocation in the the middle East, an argument that has been in discussion since the beginning of time.
    That being said, we can all remember from our history books how Irish immigrants swarmed this country during the potato famine or Jews during pogroms and will honestly ask.. What would you be willing to do to give your children a better life if you weren't blessed enough to live where people want to live. Give us your poor, your huddled masses!

  • Clay

    We cannot continue to take these people. They are not our problem, send them back secure our border and stop the flood! We are already taxed by enough welfare rats of our own we don't need other countries.

  • Fubar

    This is no accident or event that this administration didn't see coming. Obama clearly stated in 2009 that he intends to "transform America".

  • rick

    Remember last year when they were criticising this administration for deporting too many people back accross the border. The problem they now is the law passed in 2008 and signed by then Pres. Bush granting lawyers, hearings, and accommodations to children crossing the border. Go look it up.

  • Wirerowe

    NAFTA was only between Mexico , Canada and the Us. Mexico's economy has improved dramatically over the years and is the 10th largest economy in the world mexico's economy is closely integrated with that of the Us and Canada with a lot of their exports and imports coming from these two countries. It is estimated based on hours worked that the Mexicans are the hardest working people in the world. It is my understanding that many of the young people at the borders are from El Salvador and Honduras which have the highest murder rates in the world tied to drug trafficking.

  • Hop'sHip

    No. I did mention Jesus' name with regards to screaming in children's faces and spreading rumors about their disease threat. I never said anything about citizenship. I retracted my Jesus statement because I am the last person who should be representing his would-be position on anything.

  • fed up

    Why are they coming here in the first place? Because President Obama told them to come to America, we will give you and your family citizenship, free college, government assistance, food stamps, free medical care, free housing, legal aid...so on and so on....But at what cost to the taxpayer? I am all for helping children and families, but please let us take care of our own first. We have families in my area that are homeless. We have families that the Dad has lost his job in the coal mines. Look around you, there are here. We do not need another 240,000 (as reported by the New York Times) people to take care of. Our country has enough problems of our own. Send them back to their own country, do not give them a bus ticket to anywhere in the US.

  • Harvey

    I suppose that in the face of inaction by Congress Pres. Obama could issue a series of executive orders in an attempt to deal with this crisis. Oh wait, isn't that what the most recent lawsuit brought by the inactive Congress challenges? It is tragic that this country's inability to deal with immigration realistically now hinges on the aftermath of a second rate small college economics professor defeating a second rate arrogant and detached sitting congressman in Virginia.

  • JTC

    I swear I saw Perry on the tarmac with the President, but it was probably not on Fox so Hoppy missed it, yes the President should go to the border WITH, Perry, Cruz, Gomert and the WHOLE Texas delegation, ala Chris Christie, that would doom both Perry and Cruz for 2016. lol

  • Shinnston Guy

    Hop,

    The politicians are not going to resolve the problem. They are going to wait until the next media "big story," and then ignore it. You already heard members of both parties blaming the whole thing on Obama. Hmmm...I know this won't get me far based on the commenters on this message board, but for a moment could we please remind ourselves that the legislative branch passes the laws in this country. That means that Congress has to make a fundamental change. Oh wait, I forgot that we have become a country of "blamers," in which everything is someone else's fault. In a perfect world we would remember that plaque on the statue of liberty: "Give us your tired, huddled masses...", and then realize our own humanity. These are people coming here to sell drugs, these are children that have crossed a thousand miles and gone for days without food just to escape being killed, raped, or both.

  • BR549

    Another problem brought to us by corporate America. When NAFTA passed, which I was against, the goal was to build the economies of our hemisphere. Mexico and nations south would become the factory for our consumer demand and their economies would go from dirt poor to providing opportunity. The cost of labor would be from $1.50 to $2.50 an hour but that wasn't good or cheap enough for the masters of our business. If they could expand "trade" (what they've sold us for trade is a whole other debate) with China and other Asian countries the labor cost would be less than 50 cents an hour. Thus the economies of Mexico and Central America were abandoned, the dire situation there only worsened and this is just one of the results.

  • Mason County Contrarian

    It wouldn't matter, folks.

    You could leave blank the latest "crisis" or politician's name from any article, insert as the situation dictates, and the results would the same--no problems being solved whatsoever.

    Partisanship on the part of both major parties has destroyed this government.

  • Aaron

    Didn't you and Jesus say we have to "do the right thing" by giving them citizenship and the American dream!!!

  • Hop'sHip

    Ok Hoppy. Now prepare yourself for some "gamesmanship" here, albeit, since it is here, gamesmanship of the one-sided variety.