The President has decided to bypass Congress in an effort to respond to the immigration crisis at the southern border but not in all the right ways. While the Border Patrol has failed in treating its detainees in a humanitarian manner–as seen here–no action has been taken in response either by the Obama administration or other government officials. Just as bad, a Border Patrol Agent has been able to deny any mistreatment of children without any threat of investigation. The ACLU has filed a complaint and is still waiting for a response.
Obama’s response to the crisis is neither deportation nor an open door to American freedom. Instead he is requesting $3.7 billion to delay deportations while keeping more than 50,000 children in detention. Some of that money is to go toward prosecuting drug smuggling networks–one group largely responsible for the influx of immigrant children. In all of this Obama hopes to deter draconian efforts to kick out and abandon these children to the violent and dangerous places they were running from.
The President has the opportunity, extended by Texas governor Rick Perry, to see the humanitarian crisis for himself but has declined. Yet he is still visiting Texas to raise funds and discuss the humanitarian crisis at a roundtable discussion in Dallas with Perry and other leaders and officials. As a result, both Republicans and Democrats will be disappointed with Obama’s actions.
A humanitarian crisis such as this constitutes a moral and ethical dilemma that calls for higher action beyond petty power politics. This is not simply a matter of homeland security but the valuable lives of suffering children who pose no real threat against the U.S. Let’s hope our government officials make the right decisions to respond to this humanitarian disaster in a humanitarian way. Delaying deportation is a good place to start, but preventing their abuse while in detention would be progress too.