Bob Barr

One might think the websites of various federal agencies tasked with protecting America’s borders would be information resources about how the Obama Administration is handling the now crisis-level situation at the border. Curiously, however, the “newsroom” sections of websites for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Department of Health and Human Services post no information about the Administration’s current policies or plans for dealing with the “surge” of illegal immigrants flooding across our border with Mexico.

The reason for this deafening silence is clear to anyone following the Administration’s confusing and frequently contradictory response: Neither Obama nor Vice President Biden have a firm grasp on the situation. In a press release issued June 5th (and proudly touted on the DHS homepage), Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson exclaimed after a veiled crack at Republicans, “Almost all of us agree that a child who crossed our border illegally with a parent, or in search of a parent or a better life . . . should be treated differently than adult law-breakers.” Two weeks later after the surge accelerated, making the front page of newspapers across the nation, the Administration announced it would start increasing deportations, going against its previous, pro-amnesty messaging. Even this turn-around was wrapped in confusion, when Biden even more recently implied publicly that at least some of the illegals would not be deported.

This Administration points to scapegoats in every direction at every opportunity. The director of White House Domestic Policy Council went so far as to blame “misinformation that is being deliberately planted by criminal organizations” for creating a false perception about amnesty in the U.S. Contrary to all the Administration’s finger-pointing, much of the blame for the current crisis rests squarely within its own ranks.

Years of loose talk about amnesty has precipitated this latest flood of illegal immigrants cascading across our border, and Obama is leaving U.S. citizens to pick up the tab as he scrambles to clean up his mess.

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.