Democrats must think voters have short memories, particularly when it comes to their role in the spiraling immigration crisis at the southern border.
Dozens of high-ranking Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and presidential hopefuls have told the American people repeatedly for the past six months it’s all just a “manufactured crisis” created by the president to get his silly wall along the border and fulfill a campaign promise.
They flat-out denied an immigration crisis exists, despite the tragic accounts of migrant women being raped en route to U.S. border by cartels. Democrats turned a blind eye to the migrant children being used as pawns by coyotes and exploited in sex trafficking operations. Not to mention the overcrowded detention centers where thousands of migrants are being held in subpar conditions.
If that’s not problematic enough, Democrat lawmakers also overlooked the deadly drugs like fentanyl pouring into our country, the members of violent gangs including MS-13 and the dangerous weapons making their way into the United States.
In March this year, presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tweeted: “A fake crisis at the border is fear-mongering of the worst kind — and we’re not falling for it. I voted to terminate the president’s ridiculous ‘national emergency.'”
Schumer said it’s “a crisis that does not exist” while Pelosi trumpeted that it’s “a fake crisis at the border.” In lockstep, scores of other top Democrats and Trump haters in media echoed those same talking points to no avail — on cable news channels and other left-leaning outlets.
Meanwhile, in May alone this year, over 144,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended at the border — a crisis by any definition.
But instead of recognizing the gargantuan humanitarian and immigration crisis long ago and working with the president to uphold U.S. Customs and Immigration Laws — or reforming the laws and loopholes exacerbating the crisis — Democrats have been more fixated on scoring political points with their far-left base than passing comprehensive immigration reform.
It’s all about winning elections, no matter the collateral damage or plight of migrants trapped in the system.
Flash-forward to today. Left-wing lawmakers including New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are lambasting the migrant detention centers at the border, comparing them to Nazi concentration camps. They are taking to social media and TV about the inhumane treatment of migrant children being held there, highlighting illegals sleeping on the floor or lacking basic necessities.
Of course House Democrats take no responsibility for any of it, despite having blocked every good-faith effort the administration has made to fix the crisis. This week, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise tweeted: “The hypocrisy from House Dems is unbelievable. They like to grandstand about the humanitarian crisis at our border. Yet they’ve blocked @realDonaldTrump’s request for money to actually solve it 17 TIMES. They need to quit obstructing & work with us to get funding signed into law.”
Liberal lawmakers also forced a partial government shutdown earlier this year — the longest in history — by refusing to grant the president the funding needed to build the wall and enact other sensible measures to alleviate the crisis. And now we see liberal activist workers at Wayfair, a Boston-based furniture supplier, conduct a #WayfairWalkout this week because hundreds of its employees object to it selling beds and furniture to contractors that support border detention facilities.
The result? These poor migrant children will be sleeping on the floor instead of in proper beds that the Trump administration tried to obtain to help them.
So there you have it. Democrats have insisted over the past year there’s no immigration crisis — and now they’re forced to join us in reality and acknowledge there truly is one.
Naturally, they don’t take any responsibility for the immigration mess or the controversial detention centers. Instead Democrats play the blame game while hoping voters don’t notice they resisted and obstructed virtually every common-sense measure the president has tried to implement to resolve the problem and prevent migrants from dying en route to the U.S.
It’s no wonder a recent Gallup poll revealed 75% of Americans hold a low opinion of Congress.
Who can blame them?
Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.