Bob Barr

“A seemingly endless surge of immigrants.” That is how the L.A. Times recently described the situation in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, described by one local government official as “the hottest spot in the nation” for border crossings. The surge of illegal immigrants at the border, largely composed of “unaccompanied alien children” (UACs) from Central America, is creating chaos at the border and turning processing stations and military bases into veritable refugee camps as border officials struggle to handle the surge. And, with the number of UACs expected to climb to more than 90,000 by then end of September, U.S. authorities are quickly losing ground.

However, this chaos at the border is just the beginning of the disastrous consequences stemming from Obama’s whimsical immigration “policies;” a mixture of ignoring current immigration laws, manufacturing new policies based on his “Executive authority,” and blaming Republicans for creating gridlock in Congress forcing him into taking these actions (or lack thereof). And, given that this Administration has yet to approach the negotiating table in good faith with real solutions, it is addressing the crisis in an equally haphazard way, endangering America’s national and economic security in the process.

Were Obama a competent leader, surrounded by competent subordinates, some immediate actions might have included taking all illegals currently in U.S. custody at the border, and shipping them back to Mexico, the country from whose territory they crossed into the United States. Such swift action would have sent an immediate message to others thinking about coming into the U.S. illegally that our borders are, in fact, not open to lawbreakers. Instead, our Homeland Security and Heath and Human Services folks are responding with a “public relations campaign” to tell folks in Mexico it is dangerous to trek through the desert, as if those illegally immigrating were doing so because they did not understand the risks already.

Bob Barr

Bob Barr represented Georgia’s 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 -2003 and as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1986-1990.