A Failure To Communicate: "Family Separation"

Guatemalan immigrant Amariliz Ortiz joins families impacted by the immigration raids during a rally calling on the Obama Administration to protect Central American women and children seeking refuge in the United States. (AP Photo / Nick Ut)

The Democrats and their media allies and operatives clearly believe they have a winning issue with the “family separations” narrative. One they can use to not only damage Trump, but to permanently get rid of immigration law enforcement and border security altogether as they seek to import new voters for their agenda.

And they are right.

Because the Trump Administration, not least of all the President himself, is failing to properly frame the issue and highlight the most disturbing parts of the current situation for the American people. Quite apart from that are the annoying disingenuous arguments the Democrats and their media allies deploy regularly without being called out on it.

Witness this infuriating exchange between Democrat activist Chuck Todd and Donald Trump.

First of all, let’s begin with “family separations”; a non-trivial number of children have been discovered to be unrelated to the adults they’ve travelling with.

A pilot rapid DNA testing program recently found as much as 30% of immigrant adults who were suspected of arriving at the southern border with children who weren’t theirs revealed the adults were indeed not related to the children.

Prior to her departure from the Administration, Kristen Nielsen revealed that the cartels and coyote networks were operating “child recycling” rings – where kids are given to paying adults who use them as entry tokens at the border, then send them back over the border to accompany yet another set of adults.

What’s stopping Trump from talking about this? What’s stopping Trump or his White House from attacking the media for deliberately sidelining and ignoring this issue?

What’s stopping Trump from challenging Democrats like Chuck Todd to come up with a better idea of how to weed out trafficked children without separating them from adults purporting to be their parents?

When Todd starts stammering about him not being the President, the President should insist that since he is so perfectly willing to criticize and repeat other people’s criticisms, he should be able to come up with an idea that neatly solves the problem. When he demurs again, point out that his fellow Democrats in Congress are the same – they also have no solutions.

That’s when the President should remind Todd that the Obama Administration did the exact same thing. As sure as clockwork, Todd will – as he did here – respond with the two disingenuous arguments progressives always spew when confronted with this fact;
1. Obama is not the President anymore.
2. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

The answer to the first item is to point out what a hack partisan answer that is. Quite apart from an attempt to give a pass to Obama, this neatly avoids having to come to grips with the fact that the previous Administration coming to the exact same answer to the exact same problem obviously means that there is no easy solution here.

A more disciplined and prepared Trump would then segue from there into debunking the second argument – there are no “good” or “right” answers.

We need to make sure people coming to the border with children are coming with their children, so we can identify and then rescue those that were abducted, trafficked and those being abused. And even if the kids are their children, housing them with other unvetted adults poses another danger.

The last solution, allowing anyone who comes to the border with a child into the country without question, which is really what the Democrats and members of the media want, but are too cowardly to say, is unacceptable and makes a mockery of the nation’s immigration laws and border security.

Worse, it will mean incentivizing more children being abducted and trafficked all across Central and South America to be used as entry tokens into the United States. And many – especially girls – are not just trafficked but horrifically sexually abused along the way.

The truth is that neither the Democrats in Congress nor their agents in the media care even a little bit about “family separation” or the welfare of the children being brought along on dangerous cross country treks to be exploited and serve as entry tickets at the border. If they did, they would have taken notice and made some noise when President Obama was in the Oval Office.

But they didn’t, and the President should make it clear that they’re in no position to claim outrage now.

He should be more forceful in pointing out that they are actively refusing to fund things like beds and other necessities because they believe it is politically profitable for them if the crisis continues and they know they can count on Todd and his fellow Democrat operatives in the Press to cover for them.

The reality is that the Democrats today want open borders, but know that they can’t openly say it
(yet), so they’re effectively masking it by supporting all the individual elements of open borders while protesting otherwise. It is the equivalent of saying you want “2 + 2” but not “4”.

Democrats now disingenuously insist that every person at the border is an “asylum seeker” and should promptly be allowed into the country, and at the same time oppose deportations under and all circumstances (including the deportation of convicted murderers, gang members, rapists, etc.) as “breaking up families.”

These are things that need to be said, even over the objections of Democrat activists masquerading as impartial journalists like Chuck Todd sitting across from the President.

It may be impolitic and rude to call out a partisan bad faith interlocutor like Chuck Todd to his face, but when even Trump can’t plainly communicate what needs to be said and heard by the American people, there’s no winning.