The Hannity show is at the border in Texas today, but the president couldn't be bothered to do the same. Instead, he's chosen to shoot pool, fundraise for Democrats and blame Republicans for the crisis at our borders.
Yesterday Obama met with Texas Governor Rick Perry, though still refused to visit the border. You can read Governor Perry's full statement regarding that meeting and his suggestions for the president here.
While in Dallas, Obama gave a speech about the problem at our border, which mainly focused on blaming others. That's not surprising. Throughout his entire presidency, Obama and his administration have perfected the art of blame: George W. Bush, ATMs, the weather, Republican obstructionists. Yet Obama himself asked, “Are folks more interested in politics, or are they more interested in solving the problem?” If Obama really stood by that, he would recognize that visiting the border isn't about politics, it's about showing that you have an interest in solving the problem.
Another amusing excuse from this president is that he's not interested in photo-ops, which is a reason why he didn't visit the border. Even CNN pointed out the absurdity of that excuse; this presidency is nothing but one big photo-op. In fact, leading up to his trip in Texas, Obama was engaged in a series of absurd photo-ops in Colorado – drinking beer with the Governor, shaking hands with a guy in a horse mask – yet he can't be bothered to be photographed at our border, witnessing a real problem? Even Democrats are calling this decision and its optics “bizarre” and seemingly “detached.”
There likely wouldn't be a problem if this administration was serious about securing our borders and didn't use unilateral executive action to change laws, which encourage this type of migration. A poll conducted by Investor's Business Daily and TIPP found that 59% of Americans agree that “the recent flow of migrants is the result of the administration’s pro-immigration policies and its lack of focus on securing the border.”
The Washington Free Beacon reports, “The federal program for Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC)—which provides long-term foster care, apparel, and interpreter services for thousands of young illegal immigrants, the majority of which are placed in the United States—has already cost $263 million this year.” The program is on pace to spend $1 billion this year.
Today, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is appearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee to pitch this $3.8 billion request, which will likely be a hard sell. According to Ernest Istook, we could save 99.5% of the money Obama has requested to deal with the border crisis by simply flying illegal immigrants back to their home countries. He estimates that the unofficial reported cost of permanently taking care of the living expenses for illegal immigrants is $250 per person per day, indefinitely. Compare that to the cost of a one-way ticket and the cost savings for the U.S. taxpayers is a no-brainer. What's amazing is that liberals were complaining that it would be a waste of taxpayer dollars to have Obama visit the border, yet they don't seem too upset about the millions, if not billions, necessary to care for the illegals who are at that border.
In the end, this administration doesn't seem all that serious about securing the border. Only about $100 million of the requested billions would go towards border security, according to Governor Perry. If we can't do that first, then how can we expect that the problem won't continue to swell and in a few years time, we wouldn't need even more money to cover the costs of a continuing humanitarian crisis?