North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis went on Fox News over the weekend to put a warm and fuzzy spin on the crisis at the border. Click here to watch the Senator talk about all the happy, smiling faces he and Vice President Pence saw during a tour on Friday and how, while one of the facilities is “overcrowded,” it’s nothing that a little extra appropriation from Congress won’t take care of.
To which all a body can say in response is: Really Senator? Did you really think the people running these facilities were going to show a high-powered delegation from Washington anything else?
And, more to the point, is that going to be the extent of your ‘investigation’? If it is, you’re clearly missing the truth of what’s really going on in the name of American taxpayers.
Take, for instance, this horrific story by reporters Noel King and Bob Moore that was broadcast this morning on NPR in which a three-year old child with serious heart condition — A THREE-YEAR OLD CHILD — was asked by a U.S. Border Patrol agent to determine which of her parents would be allowed to stay in the U.S. with her and who should be sent back to Mexico.
The child, in a piece of poignant and stomach-turning irony that reminds us of William Styron’s famous novel, is named Sophie. How Senator Tillis or any other functioning human being with a heart and mind could ever listen to this story and think that there isn’t something desperately, desperately wrong with U.S. immigration policy is simply unimaginable.