Since October, some 50,000 unaccompanied children have crossed our southern border creating a situation not seen since the Mariel Boatlift of 1980. In response, President Obama has urged Congress to grant him an emergency supplemental request to address this “humanitarian crisis.” If granted, it would cost the taxpayer $3.7 billion.
But the bigger scandal is that the president’s request is actually a Trojan horse, a crisis that Obama created through his derelict and nonsensical immigration policies he's now using to achieve a clandestine goal he’d never be able to achieve on his own.
Through his political pandering and various administrative actions, Obama has helped lead us to crisis as our Central American neighbors flood the United States with tens of thousands of vulnerable children who think a wide-scale amnesty is imminent.
The ultimate play being plotted by the administration is not addressing these 50,000 children, but the 5 million to 6 million illegal immigrants to whom Obama wants to issue work permits as a first step to amnesty.
On July 25, one of Obama’s point men on immigration, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., let the plan slip. In advance of an immigration meeting at the White House later that morning, Gutierrez said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he believed as many as 5 million more illegal immigrants could be given permits by the administration – without the support of the Congress or the American people.
This is all going according to the Democrats’ design. It was Obama and the Democrats who demagogued the issue of immigration reform throughout his presidency, even during the first 2 years when he had healthy majorities in both houses of Congress. He’d rather try to score political points with Hispanic voters than get meaningful reforms accomplished.
It was Obama who, in an act of pure political cynicism, instituted the deferred action for illegal "Dreamer children" in the months before the 2012 election.
And it was Obama who has asserted that he has a pen and a phone and would engage in future executive actions without congressional approval. These actions, cumulatively, have served to act as a siren call to our Latin American brothers and sisters — if you get your kids here quickly, Obama will sign an executive order to legalize them.
Unfortunately, Republicans are doing little to stand in the way. The House GOP tried to slap together some emergency supplemental bill that can pass its ranks before they go on a month-long summer recess, but Obama insisted he would veto it. Plans being circulated include the needed reform of the 2008 Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act, which prevents illegal crossings of unaccompanied children from Central America being treated and deported just as expeditiously as illegal immigrants crossings from Mexico.
Other legislative efforts, such as bicameral legislation offered by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., would address the big-game issue by stopping Obama’s amnesty-through-executive action efforts. Tragically, it seems that House GOP leadership is not even considering this legislation.
This continued crisis opens our country up to many, many dangerous adult criminals and gang members from Central and South America and even potential terrorists from around the globe who see the porous border as an entry point that is easier than circumventing no-fly lists.
Congressional Republicans must address the crisis at our southern border and the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from Central America; however, let’s not miss the forest for the trees and miss Obama’s big play: executive action for millions. We need a pre-emptive strike against yet another deferred action by King Obama and that begins with vigilance on our part and eyes wide open.Niger Innis is executive director of TheTeaParty.net Thinking of submitting an op-ed to the Washington Examiner? Be sure to read our guidelines on submissions for editorials, available at this link.