It's one of those days, and not because I don't understand the magnitude of the tragedy that happened over the skies of The Ukraine, but I'm frustrated with all the media coverage that's just not getting this story right.What we know is that Malaysian Flight 17 carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew members was shot down in Eastern Ukraine, about 15 kilometers from the Russian border.Several reports have suggested the Russian government has already seized the crash site.We don't know exactly who shot this plane down or how many people were killed and it's not clear if there were any American citizens on-board.It appears there may be as many as 23 American citizens.What's amazing is our intelligence is so suspect that we can't confirm if the plane's public manifest had Americans on it.There's a lot we don't know about this situation and I'm committed to continuing efforts to get the story right but suffice it to say, we have some serious issues in Eastern Ukraine right now.
The current crisis on our southern border isn't because of violence in Central America, as Democrats and the Obama administration would have you believe.They are coming because they believe our immigration policies will allow them to stay. Fox News' Catherine Herridge has the report from the El Paso Intelligence Center, which works with the Department of Homeland Security.According to the report, "Of the 230 migrants interviewed, 219 cited the primary reason for migrating to the United States was the perception of U.S. immigration laws granting free passes UAC (unaccompanied children) and adult females OTMs (other than Mexicans) traveling with minors."What happens when these children make it to these long-term facilities?A report from Breitbart shows that ads are now appearing in papers such as this one in Murietta, California seeking "loving, compassionate parents to provide a loving home" for these children.Supposedly, those who are willing to take in these children could be paid up to $6,054 per month by the federal government.I thought it was illegal to house an illegal immigrant, but now the federal government allegedly may be encouraging it?
So How Do We Solve The Problem?
The debate ranges on in Washington about what to do about immigration and the crisis at our borders. Democratic lawmakers like Nancy Pelosi actually want to make it easier for immigrants beyond Central America to gain refugee status. A spokesman for Pelosi told the LATimes , "We should change the law to treat Mexican children the same as we now treat children from Central America. But if any changes to the 2008 law are made, they must ensure due process for these children." While Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats will refer to these children as "refugees," she may be surprised to learn how many illegal immigrants from Central America and Mexico actually gained official refugee status with the American government last year: zero. According to a report from CNS News , "In the seven fiscal years from 2007 through 2013, a mere five Guatemalans and 25 Hondurans were granted refugee status in the United States. During that time, zero citizens of El Salvador or Mexico were granted refugee status despite increased violence in those countries in recent years." And only a small percentage were granted asylum, similar to refugee status. We need to secure the border first. We've got a real problem, that has been aided by the presumption that people can just walk across the border and be allowed to stay.