President Trump’s extended hand to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, in the form of concessions meant to reopen the government, has come back a bloody stub. If it wasn’t clear already, there is little doubt now that the primary concern of “the loyal opposition” is neither ending the government shutdown nor solving the crisis at the nation’s border. The Democrats want only to undermine the Trump presidency with an open-borders drive to take up a globalist weapon, a universal right to migrate.
The impasse is in its fifth week over Mr. Trump’s request for $5.7 billion to fund border barrier construction and other security upgrades, and the Democrats insist on no negotiations at all. The president on Saturday offered a list of sweeteners that Democrats would normally salivate over, a three-year extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that gives temporary legal status to children brought into the United States by their illegal-alien parents, a similar renewal of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program that harbors refugees fleeing armed conflict in their homelands, and a reauthorization of the Central American Minor program, which enables children to bypass the dangerous trek northward and apply for asylum in their home nations.
Not done, Mr. Trump offered to boost spending on scanning technology to detect illicit drugs at points of entry, recruit additional agents to reinforce apprehensions, and appoint more immigration judges to whittle down hundreds of thousands of backlogged cases. With caravans of immigrants moving north from Honduras, the need for robust border security has never been more apparent.
For his effort, Mr. Trump received a withering rebuke from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: “It was the president who single-handedly took away DACA and TPS protections in the first place.” Offering some protections in exchange for the wall, he said, “is not a compromise but more hostage taking.” Mr. Schumer left it to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to try to break the impasse with floor votes Thursday to open the government either with money for a border barrier or without it. Democrats reckon little need to negotiate an end to the government shutdown. For the “progressive” movement that has swallowed the Democratic Party, there is a much larger goal, and the border crisis brings it closer to hand.
The United Nations has watched the widespread phenomenon of refugees crossing national boundaries to escape violence, including millions fleeing Syria’s civil war, and decided that uncontrolled migration is a human right. The U.N. enshrined freedom of movement in its Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration signed by representatives of 152 nations last month in Morocco. Among its 23 objectives are such high-minded goals as to “Minimize the adverse drivers and structural factors that compel people to leave their country of origin,” and to “Ensure that all migrants have proof of legal identity and adequate documentation.”
Reading between the lines of such an airy statement is essential when such human-rights abusers as Iran, China, Cuba and Venezuela are eager to endorse it. The pact is an end run around the right of nations to control their own boundaries. Easy for them to say, because nobody is foolish enough to want to get into Iran, China, Cuba and Venezuela. The pact has been rejected by Israel, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and, fortunately, the United States.
The U.S. Mission to the U.N. rightly characterizes the pact as an attempt “to advance global governance at the expense of the sovereign right of States to manage their immigration systems in accordance with their national laws, policies and interests.”
This is an apt description of the consequences the American homeland faces with the refusal of congressional Democrats to work with Mr. Trump in reinforcing security on the nation’s border with Mexico. Common sense has fled from the Democrats with their refusal to appropriate funds for a border barrier, and from sanctuary cities and states that shelter criminals from the law. Legislators determined to defeat the president’s efforts to secure the border are making common cause — intentionally or not — with the globalist campaign to shackle U.S. immigration law to a creeping U.N. effort to erode national sovereignty.
No people in recorded history have been more generously responsive to the suffering of refugees than the Americans, but uncontrolled immigration will destroy the civil order migrants seek. The Democratic refusal to co-operate on strengthening national security hastens the day when chaos on the border is the permanent norm.
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