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We interrupt the talk of the president “manufacturing” a crisis at the border with this hair-raising report about the crisis at the border.

Alarming new numbers about border apprehensions from U.S. Customs and Border Protection should puncture the lazy conventional wisdom about the border being under control, except in the lurid imagination of President Donald Trump.

More than 76,000 migrants were apprehended crossing the southern border last month, the highest February in more than 10 years and the highest month of the Trump administration. The number of apprehensions tops any month during the 2014 border surge under President Barack Obama, which no one had a problem calling a crisis at the time.

Every indication is that the situation is going to get worse. We could be about to experience a migrant surge worthy of Angela Merkel at her most openhanded, even though, in immigration terms, Viktor Orban — the Hungarian prime minister who favors tough border enforcement — is president.

Yes, there were more overall apprehensions in the 2000s. But it was a different population, made up overwhelmingly of adult males from Mexico who might be apprehended trying to cross multiple times and were reliably returned home when they were caught. Now, we are apprehending people but not returning them.

Migrants are coming in greater numbers from Central American countries instead of Mexico, and are primarily families and children. In an astonishing shift, in 2012, 10 percent of apprehended migrants were families and children; in recent months, it’s been 61 percent.

The rules for dealing with migrants from noncontiguous countries and with family units make it all but impossible to swiftly return or detain them, not to mention that our physical facilities were built with single adults in mind.

There is no mechanism to return these migrants home, to hold them after they cross the border, or to remove them once they are in the interior. And word has gotten out. There’s a reason that the subset of migrants that we can’t stop from getting into the country is growing so rapidly.

Needless to say, a spiraling border crisis is maddening for a president committed to controlling the border, which is why we’ve seen such frenetic activity from Trump.

He’s tried to prosecute all adults crossing the border illegally, and had to abandon it in the (understandable) firestorm over the resulting family separations.

He’s tried to jawbone Mexico into helping, with some success, although migrants are still traveling through Mexico in large numbers.

He’s tried to tighten up asylum policy but been blocked in the courts. He’s tried to get Congress to fix the rules for dealing with migrants, to no avail. And, of course, he’s tried to build a wall.

Trump’s rhetoric may be over the top, but the impulse to get a handle on this is absolutely correct.

First, there’s the question of basic sovereignty. If we are going to welcome a large number of migrants from three or four foreign countries, we should make that decision as a conscious policy, rather than slip-sliding into it unawares.

Then there’s the matter of assimilation and legality. Poorly educated immigrants, like the ones coming from Central America, have the hardest time assimilating, and they will lack legal status on top of it.

Finally, there’s the humanitarian question. Migrant families show up needing medical attention that we aren’t well-prepared to provide. We’d be much better positioned to tend to the migrants under our care if the numbers weren’t overwhelming.

But we are at a stalemate.

The New York Times editorialized the other day that Trump declared “that there’s a crisis at the border, contrary to all evidence.” Then, the paper ran a news story headlined, “Border at ‘Breaking Point’ as More than 76,000 Migrants Cross in a Month.”

Both of those pieces can’t be right. There’s manufacturing a crisis, then there’s ignoring one for fear of conceding anything to Trump.

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capedcrusader

Thank you again oldhomey. You beat me to the knockout punch once again. DMoney, the guy that thought he knew what the "wailing wall" was built for thinks they all work apparently. Never for their intended purpose though. Even Republicans never seem to learn from past mistakes. They just keep repeating them because their too stubborn to admit their wrong about anything. The Trump wall should be officially named that because most people with any foresight knows it will fail eventually even if in their feeble minds the Republicans rejoice it's a success. There is a reason that walls are torn down and it's because they don't work. Even bridges fall down but at least they do work for their intended purpose. The Great Wall of China (if you want to call it that) is only around to this day because it's a tourist attraction. Of course, that's probably why Trump wants a wall in the first place.

capedcrusader

DMoney thought the "Obama's wall" was working too. Not a good comparison to Trumps...
Don't believe everything you read... https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1079497288605683712

DMoney

I can't think of a wall that doesn't work. Can you? That's why people build them.

oldhomey

Well that wall in Berlin didn't work very well, did it, D? Can you think of any walled city in the world that still feels secure behind their walls? How about all those European castles that used to sit behind walls? Did the walls around the Alamo work? The Maginot Line was a gigantic, heavily armed and armored wall France built at its borders in the 1930s to keep the Germans out. You should be familiar with it, having literally or figuratively read 5,000 histories of World War II. How did that one work out? If you need more examples, tell me, and I will try to give you some more examples.

capedcrusader

Jesus was a Socialist.

DMoney

Jesus didn't coerse his followers either. Also, he practiced what he preached, unlike modern day socialists.

oldhomey

If I read the scriptures correctly, D, Jesus certainly is trying coerce you into practicing what he preaches, on penalty of being denied entry into Heaven's eternity. And what he is preaching is taking care of all people, not just your immediate family, to share the bounty of Earth more equitably. Be careful, young man. Your messages on these boards indicate you are going down a wayward path.

DMoney

But he didn't actually coerce. He didn't actually force or threaten. He set an example and acted as a guide and informer. He represented charity and encouragement--not mandate and penalty.

I'm not concerned with my path, but thanks.

capedcrusader

Possibly going down the same path as Chip...

oldhomey

Well, I am glad you have made peace with yourself, D, as you followed the fork in the road away from Christ's example and guidance, abjuring charity and encouragement while embracing mandate and penalty.

martian2

Jesus did not threaten people, but he was a threat to many people. He hated personal greed, and warned the rich, the powerful, the ruling classes that there are consequences to their self centered life. Things that capitalism promotes. One could easily call that coercing. One could say he was more of a socialist, but to put man made political labels on the Almighty doesn't do justice for all he/she stands for. Give to the poor, heal the sick, help the destitute, welcome for foreigner, love one another etc. easy to read, very hard to live it. Never be complacent in your journey, strive to do better.

capedcrusader

martian2 - I think Czeczok needs the definition of socialist explained to him. Perhaps DMoney should look closer too.

DMoney

Again....he didn't actually coerce. One can encourage, warn, discourage, promote, threaten as they wish. He didn't force a certain action, and this is the first key. When government forces it's citizens to pay or be fined, it's actively coercing, which I'm quite sure is not what Jesus would condone.

DMoney

I've never embraced government mandate and penalty once in my adult life. Where do you come up with garbage like that?

oldhomey

Oh? You don't pay federal, state and local taxes mandated by government, D? You don't stop for stop signs or drive between the white lines on the road as mandated by the police? You've never paid for a parking ticket or a speeding ticket?

capedcrusader

It is was it is...

johnnybragatti

Too funny , Trump the very worst so-called Pres. our country has EVER had. The absolute downside of electing a criminal, fat mob boss, along with the crime family is not a really good idea.
But with a "State Run Fake News Media"....whadya expect?
There will no wall, to the zerokok...get over it !!!!

Rick Czeczok

Ah, still smoking I see. The wall is being built as you write your idiotic, no sense opinion. Get out of your mothers basement and get a real life. This guys claim to fame and legacy is that he was a DJ, I think for PBS Saturday polka fest.

johnnybragatti

Had the PM. gig at KRLA, hung w/B.Wilson and The Doors,Jimi,
just a tad bit more than Mr. Zerokok. That is precisely why I live in the basement of a 32nd floor penthouse?
Can I call ya'll Zee-Coc? Please !

Rick Czeczok

Oh look, all the little socialist bobble heads agreeing and patting each other on the back. So cute. They must like the drugs and cartels coming into our country, the rapist, murderers are OK to there arn't that many, right. Not to mention the cost to the taxpayer, for them to be on welfare for who knows how long. I think we should ask these guys that want all of this, to chip in more money for this non crisis, no they just talk a big story when it comes to action, socialist like letting the government take care of everything. Why, because they can't take care of even themselves. Such a sad bunch you fakes are.

oldhomey

Yes, Obama was confronted with even bigger numbers of immigrants showing up at the border than Trump. The past month is a larger month of arrivals than any in Obama's time in office, but the numbers were very high when Obama came into office, remained high for a time, but went way down by the time Trump arrived in office.

And yes, it was so bad at the border that Obama declared it a crisis situation. And at first tried to "get tough", but soon saw the problem was not a criminal one but a humanitarian one, and responded to the humanitarian needs. He sent back more people than any other president, but the sum total of his efforts saw the numbers coming to the border come down. Trump is making every mistake Obama made, but instead of learning from them, he is doubling down on them, and it seems the numbers at the border are going up. Try this on for size:

"The Obama administration housed migrant children in temporary camps on military bases. And it pushed for long-term detention of migrant families while their asylum cases played out in immigration court, though federal courts blocked that policy.

"But then, those tactics shifted. Under Obama, the federal government eventually spent billions of dollars in response to the migrant surge. For instance,the administration greatly expanded the network of shelters contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services that house unaccompanied children. These shelters house the children until they can be placed with a parent or other relative already living in the U.S.

"According to Michelle Brané, the Obama administration deserves credit for learning from its mistakes.

"'The Trump administration has done basically the opposite,' Brané said. 'They took exactly what failed, and expanded on it.'

"While the Obama administration would sometimes separate migrant families in detention, especially in cases in which the parent was deemed unsuitable, Brané pointed out the the Trump administration regularly separated families before abandoning the policy last year. Under Trump, nearly 3,000 children were separated from their parents under a "zero tolerance" policy against illegal border crossings."

new2Lax

You seemed surprised, what Obama tried to do didn't work. Almost everything he tried failed, couldn't keep your health plan, couldn't keep your doctor, didn't receive the 5000 dollar savings per family, actually cost families 5000 dollars, GDP struggled to make 1%, did little for the black community, weaponized the IRS, FBI and the DOJ, that's why the leadership is gone, can't forget the shovel ready jobs that didn't exist. One thing he did admit is the crisis on the border does exist but leave it to Trump, you can be sure of getting it done. No problem.

martian2

and yet new2, the longest economic recovery in history during Obama's terms. Insured millions more Americans, and yes i kept my doctor. Didn't know you cared sooo much for the black community. Too bad you didn't show it when innocent black men were being shot for no reason by cops. The border crisis is being handled by Trump you claim, pray tell how is Trump solving this crisis that is getting worse. I will put Obama's record up against Trump's any day.

oldhomey

new2, you get caught out on all the lies you traffic in from your right-wing internet sources, and, like Trump, even when you know they are lies, you just double down on them, like you can insist the world is flat and it will turn out flat. Everything you said in your 5:26pm post is utter garbage except for the "keep your doctor" statement, something Obama regretted and apologized for. How many times has Trump, who has issued thousands of more lies than Obama, ever apologized for one? Never.

DMoney

Either way, it's a crisis. A crisis is a crisis. The people with the authority need to fix it fast, effectively and legally. I don't care how I just care about the data showing mass improvement within next two years.

oldhomey

What Obama did improved the situation. The "data" is there. What Trump is doing is repeating Obama's mistakes on border policy and, instead of abandoning them, as Obama did, is doubling down on them. A crisis is something people have to act on, and D doesn't care what they do, even if they make worse. Just so they do something. Makes sense to D. Not to me.

johnnybragatti

Lowry , a dude with a face lacking laceration, still playing the AC/DC, "switchitter" factor
and not an answer in sight.
I wonder if he has an opinion on ........any thing?

martian2

Lowry criticizes Trump with one sentence then praises him in the next sentence. And back and forth he goes over and over. If Trump would listen to bipartisanship and actually care about the border, instead of firing up his base with more racism and hatred, we could solve this problem at the border. But Trump is more about grandstanding than getting something done. He has to make everything about himself. Lowry offers no solutions because it has no easy solution, it has to be handled from multiple angles, and it gets complicated. Something Trump is too lazy to deal with. A sea to sea wall will not stop this migration, but Trump doesn't care about solutions, only how it makes him look.

oldhomey

An absolute Amen from me, martian.

Rick Czeczok

Gosh that sure brings a tear to my eye. Two sick socialists, agreeing with each other. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

oldhomey

I AM sick, Ricky, and if you don't stop so cruelly laughing at me, I will come over to your house and sneeze in your face! I'd like to see you laugh like that with a sore throat!

martian2

it was tragic this past week to see the devastation in Alabama and all those people killed. That was a terrible crisis for those folks. That type of weather is highly unusual this time of year. I do wonder where are all those mega churches and what are they doing after the devastation to help those in need. Did you know there are over 36 mega churcdhes in the state of Alabama. But it was an Indian casino who stepped up an offered to pay for all the funerals of the victims. I guess those tax free places of worship were too busy getting their lord and savior Trump to autograph their bibles. In fact the Creek Indians did pay for all the funerals, helping relieve the financial burdens on the survivors. Looks like some churches have a crisis of faith. Sometimes religions are their own worst enemy. Did you know there are over 36 mega churches in the State of Alabama. But it was an Indian casino who offered to pay for all of the tornado victim's funerals. I guess those tax free places of worship were just too busy getting their lord and savior Trump to autograph their bibles. Actions speak a whole lot louder than words. Lots of churches need to walk the walk, and stop the talk. In fact the Creek Indians did pay for all 23 funerals. https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2019/03/08/alabama-tornado-poarch-creek-tribe-pay-23-funerals-beauregard-lee-county/3102718002/

martian2

wow that post did not turn out like it was suppose to. Must of hit the wrong key.

Rick Czeczok

Your usual Blah, blah, blah. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.......

A Veteran

Comrade martain Hey look Comrade finally admitting to a mistake!!!!!!!!!

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