The immigration crisis has reached a fever pitch as the mainstream media and leading Democrats attempt to lay the unmitigated disaster from past administrations at President Trump’s feet.
President Trump’s decision to enforce the law as was written and passed into existence by the Bush administration and left in place by Obama has become the new rallying cry for anti-Trump outrage.
As the calls from lawmakers and celebrities have grown, so has the willingness from Republicans to once and for all fix the immigration system.
On Monday, Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX, introduced legislation that would go a long way towards fixing the broken system. His plan includes doubling the number of immigration judges to 750 to process the growing backlog of asylum cases, which would in turn shorten the length of time asylum seekers spend in detention.
Cruz’s bill also allows for ICE and the Border Patrol to shelter families together during the detention process. Senator Mitch McConnell, R-KY also put forth a bill that would keep families together.
However, as Republicans are rushing to fix the problem, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schemer, D-N.Y., took a step backwards, instead deferring to President Trump. “There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense,” Schumer said. “Legislation is not the way to go here when it’s so easy for the president to sign it.”
This is an odd act of deference as Democrats have long hated the notion that President Trump can wave his pen and use executive orders as he sees fit.
With the option to make real and lasting change to a broken system staring them in the face, Schumer admitted that this newly formed outrage is meant to keep the focus on Trump instead. “Again, the president can change it with his pen,” Schumer added.
Schumer’s reasoning for not working with Congress to fix a problem that Congress created is that he is worried about what “unacceptable additions” Republicans would add to the bill.
With the wall-to-wall media coverage over this growing crisis and the Democrat’s sudden interest in a long-running problem, Schumer and every member of Congress should be working towards changing the law instead of demanding that Trump not enforce a law that previous administrations enacted.