Finally! Real Ideas on the Border Crisis Coming Through Congress

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It’s been a long time since we’ve seen reasonable talk about the border come out of the government. A House Republican group led by Rep. Kay Granger of Texas has released a report outlining 12 guiding principles in dealing with the border crisis. In doing so, they have essentially sent a message to the Obama administration: These are the things that need to get done, and they don’t have anything to do with wasting nearly 4 billion dollars.

The principles include sending the National Guard to the border – a step that Texas Governor Rick Perry has already beaten them to – putting the ol’ hurry-up on deporting unaccompanied minors, and developing an immediate strategy for gaining operational control of that no-mans-land at the border. The group was created by House Speaker John Boehner, and it acts as a stiff rebuke to critics who complain that the GOP has no fresh ideas on how to solve the crisis.

Of course, the proposal is going to meet with critics on the left who don’t believe it is humane to send the nearly 60,000 children who have crossed illegally back across the border. What these critics fail to see is that the Republicans have been very clear in their desire to treat these children with respect, care, and great humanity.

Perhaps the greatest humanity, however, is to send a clear and uncompromising message that the U.S. border is not open. Obama’s soft, unfocused policy is the very thing that has encouraged so many immigrants to try their luck. Along the way, they succumb to disease, violence, exposure, and a great many other trials. They are escaping harsh countries and devastating situations at home; you would have to be something other than human not to understand why they would do it. Indeed, though, you would have to be utterly braindead not to understand why we can’t allow them through.

There’s no question that immediate deportation and increased security at the border is going to cost some money, but House Republicans can find a cheaper way of doing it than the outrageous 3.7 billion dollars Obama requested for the problem. It’s always unfortunate when the government has to spend our tax dollars on a new problem, but this is a crisis that’s going to cost our country much more in the long run if we don’t do something about it now.