One of the things that I hate about politics is that it is so easy to bitch bout a problem, but politicians are rarely held accountable for coming up with a solution.
Then, when politicians rush to come up with a solution, it is bad.
So right now the Democrats are caterwauling about how ICE is the gestapo and Trump is Hitler and separating families and detaining children is a Nazi tactic.
So I am going to propose a very realistic scenario and I want to know what the policy will be under any proposed changes.
Here we have Juan. Juan is an illegal immigrant from rural Mexico.
Juan got drunk and drove, without a license or insurance. We know that while drunk driving in Mexico is illegal, there is a strong cultural trend towards it and the Mexican government has had to put a lot of effort into curing it in major cities. The fact is, illegal immigrants from Mexico have one of the highest rates of DUI. It is a problem plaguing America’s roads.
Juan hits a car while drunk. He’s arrested, convicted, and then deported.
Juan comes back.
This is not a far fetched scenario, this is very similar to what happened with the illegal immigrant who killed Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson. He was deported multiple times for DUI.
Illegal reentry to the United States after deportation is a felony.
Back to Juan, who is trying to re-enter the United States. Juan now has his 5 year old daughter or niece with him.
I hear “the Nazis separated families!” But Juan here is going to be arrested for felony reentry after criminal deportation. He’s going to go to jail. He may even have other outstanding warrants for his arrest.
As soon as Border Patrol puts Juan in handcuffs what happens?
The way I see it, there are only three real options:
1) They are separated when Juan is arrested and put in jail.
This violates the “no separation” I keep hearing.
2) Juan and the child are detained together until Juan goes to prison.
This violates the “only Nazis detain children” that I keep hearing.
3) Juan is released with his child.
This violates none of the caterwauling but means that any criminal can enter the US with a “get out of jail free” card in the form of a child they claim to be the parent or guardian of.
It seems to me that the Left wants option number three, which is the least acceptable of them all. If that is not what they really want, than they need to come up with a realistic forth option.
What I have a real problem with is that nobody in the media has proposed this scenario to a single member of the legislature and demanded an answer.