Bob Barr
One might hope that with a full-blown catastrophe looming on our nation’s southern border, Democrats might have considered discarding their standard talking points memo -- blaming the crisis on former President Bush and the Republicans in the House -- and respond with a realistic plan worthy of America’s national leaders. Alas, we are not so fortunate. Dead children literally are washing up on the shores of the Rio Grande -- a result of chasing the dream of amnesty spun by the likes of Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi. And the closest our brave commander-in-chief has ventured to the border with Mexico is 220 miles; and then only for a fundraiser in Austin.

Democrats claim Republicans in the House of Representatives are to blame for the chaos on our southern border, because they failed to adopt a “bipartisan” solution sent to them compliments of Harry Reid and his merry band of liberals in the Senate. Republicans rightfully note that Democrats never showed up to the negotiating table in good faith; always intending to present an unreasonable plan in order to “frame” the GOP with inaction and unleash Obama to act as he pleases.

Yet, one major player in this human tragedy at the border has largely been lost in the dusty billows of this partisan scuffle: Mexico.

Yes, Democrats intentionally created gridlock in Congress as a dangerous game of election-year brinkmanship; and yes, Republicans thus far have failed to move forward in the House with specific, targeted measures to protect the border and bring our 1980s-era legal immigration laws into alignment with 21st Century needs of American businesses.

However, allowing Mexico to continue its blatant stoking of America’s immigration crisis, presents itself a clear and present danger to our nation’s security and economic well being.

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.