Conservative (though often independent) columnist George Will stunned many when he told Fox News host Chris Wallace: “The idea that we can’t assimilate these 8-year-old criminals with their teddy bears is preposterous”, adding that the US should handle the problem because it is capable of doing so.
This is indicative of how difficult and emotional the border situation has become and how successful it is to use children for political purposes. It is becoming more and more apparent that Obama is using this influx of children to force his dream of amnesty. This use of children may be less dangerous than Hamas’ use of children as shields, but it is the same basic and disgusting principle.
While George Will is correct in saying the US can handle the estimated 60,000 children that have already crossed the border, the truly “preposterous” thing is that until the border is secured, that number will just increase to the point where the US can’t handle it. There has already been a 117% increase in children crossing in the past year.
It is also “preposterous” that Obama has no intention of securing the border and is now preparing to issue an executive order granting the amnesty he cannot get Congress to approve. Just the reporting of this possibility is sure to entice more to cross illegally. Whether this comes from blind adherence to an agenda or pure political manipulation, the flood at the border will increase as a result.
Seeing those children at the border tugs at everyone’s heart strings, not just George Will’s, but there are more than “8-year-olds” crossing the border. There are cartel members, gang members, and possible international terrorists taking advantage of Obama’s immigration folly. While border agents focus on taking care of children, the border is an open door to all, and that is incredibly dangerous.
Emotions need to be put aside and the border needs to be properly secured before this can be dealt with properly. It is truly “preposterous” that Obama chooses to ignore the consequences of his actions. George Will knows this, but emotions got the better of him.
David J. Hentosh