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Editorials: Trump backs down, but GOP continues to block real immigration solutions

Be sure to check out the editorials from the Winston-Salem Journal and Greensboro News & Record today on the immigration crisis and Trump’s decision to back down from his family separation policy.

After pointing out the absurdity of Trump’s attempt to blame the crisis on the administration of Bill Clinton, the Journal says this:

Trump’s whole brand has been to tear apart the structures put in place by his predecessors, from health-care coverage to environmental and civil-rights protections. It strains credulity to think that members of his administration suddenly stumbled over a law written in 1996 that Trump despised but found necessary to enforce.

As he announced his executive order Wednesday, Trump complained at length about Democrats, who he falsely insists want “open borders” so that just anybody, including people from the Middle East, can enter the country at will. Then he said Congress would need Democratic support to pass a final immigration bill.

Is it a wise negotiating tactic to criticize people when you need their help?

A true solution to our illegal immigration problem has been elusive because it’s a complex subject and because it has served the strategies of politicians on both sides of the aisle to keep the problem alive. Courageous, honest dealers are required to solve the puzzle. Sen. Ted Cruz’s recent proposal, calling for more border judges, has merit. Judges are in a better position to decide who truly needs asylum than armchair pundits who see every foreigner as a terrorist threat.

The most important aspect at this point is the children who have been ripped from their families, victims of a policy that Dr. Colleen Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, calls “government-sanctioned child abuse.” Despite Trump’s promise, pressure from the American people must continue to be applied until this heartless policy is permanently destroyed and these children have been reunited with their families.

The News & Record put it this way after noting the hypocrisy of GOP lawmakers who say they’re against family separation bu then say they’r for “reform”:

Yes, reform is needed desperately, but there is one small and so far impenetrable problem: No one wants to confront Trump and put the onus for accepting reasonable and bipartisan legislation — which is said to exist — back on him for approval. The president numerous times has changed course and backtracked on apparent deals with Congress. No one has mounted a challenge to his dissonance.

Would it be that for once our elected leaders would have the courage equal to those immigrants they so want to regulate: Can’t they put everything on the line to try to make the world a better place? Or, President Trump, can that not be done either?

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