Meanwhile, "the kids" have hit the jackpot -- that jackpot of socialist programs that separates today's "new Americans" from our forefathers. Not so long ago, immigrants came for liberty and opportunity, not tax-supported handouts.
We are witnessing the betrayal of that nation of liberty and opportunity because there are so few in power with the courage to lawfully oppose it -- not just rail about it all as a mere columnist.
Meanwhile, American citizens are footing the bill. Living costs aside, Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the Obama administration -- i.e., We, the Taxpayers -- will be providing attorneys for the legions of "unaccompanied minors." Holder's non-specific language is telling: "We're taking a historic step to ... protect the rights of the most vulnerable members of society," he said. Historic step is right -- Legal Aid for the world. He continued: "How we treat those in need ... goes to the core of who we are as a nation." OK, so who are we, Mr. Attorney General, as a "nation"? The Western Hemisphere?
Once upon a time, the U.S. staged the Berlin Airlift, mounting an astounding 200,000 flights in one year to keep Soviet-blockaded Berlin supplied with fuel and foodstuffs. Today, a more modest Central American Airlift would do to return these runaways to their families. One thing at a time, though. How about calling out the National Guard? It would even be of some comfort if someone in Congress went to the floor and told peoples of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and the rest to stay the hell home.
So long as all of the government remains complicit or silent, this is nothing less than an unopposed invasion -- an unopposed war, in other words, even if waged by the most unconventional means and by the most unlikely and unarmed "soldiers." Worst of all, though, it is a war that is being encouraged, if not led, by our own president while no one with all of the appropriate Constitutional powers vested in him is doing anything to stop him.
For love of country, impeach Obama now.
(Diana West's new book is "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character" from St. Martin's Press. She blogs at dianawest.net, and she can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @diana_west_.)