Mona Charen
"The heartlessness and nativist pandering that have broken America's immigration system must give way to providing proper food, clothing, shelter and medical care to the Central American children streaming into the country," so pronounced the editors of the New York Daily News. Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. echoed the theme in his "Bordering on Heartless" column, noting that Glenn Beck has "come under fierce attack" for his proposal to bring food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to the children stuck at the border. "It's one more sign," Dionne writes, "of how the crisis at the border has brought out the very worst in our political system and a degree of plain nastiness that we should not be proud of as a nation."

Charges of Republican or conservative heartlessness about the children flooding the border have been common. Some journalists seemingly cannot type the word Republican without the modifier "heartless." But where is the evidence of this supposed callousness, and why is it any greater among Republicans than Democrats?

The flag-waving protesters who confronted buses of children in Murrieta, California, were unseemly. Whatever the merits of arguments over illegal immigration, children are clearly helpless pawns in the drama and should not be subjected to protests about actions over which they have no control.

But other than the protesters in Murrieta -- and no one has polled them to discover their political views, though it's likely that they're conservatives -- by what standard are Republicans held to be heartless while Democrats are not?

Is it by arguing the new migrants who entered the country illegally be denied legal status? Jeh Johnson, the Obama administration's secretary of Homeland Security, said just that. "Those who cross borders today illegally, including children, are not eligible for an earned path to citizenship."

Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
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