‘Until better policies are in place, Democrats need to find a way to provide money for adequate shelter…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) In a shocking policy reversal, the New York Times editorial board called on Congress to address the “immigration crisis” at the southern border and give President Trump the $4.5 billion he requested.
“President Trump is right: There is a crisis at the southern border,” the editorial board wrote in a piece titled, “Congress, Give Trump his Border Money.”
The Times did not, however, fully concede the nature of the crisis. Though they argued Congress should give Trump additional funding, they noted that immigration is not a “threat” and should not be treated as such.
“There is no pressing national security threat—no invasion of murderers, drug cartels or terrorists. No matter how often Mr. Trump delivers such warnings, they bear little resemblance to the truth,” they wrote.
The requested money shouldn’t be used for a border wall, The Times said. Instead, it should be used to help “manage the surge” of migrants seeking asylum in the U.S., which has overwhelmed the immigration system.
“None of the money would go toward Mr. Trump’s border wall,” it wrote. “Several hundred million dollars would, however, go toward shoring up border security operations, including increasing the number of detention beds overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. This, for Democrats, is a nonstarter.”
Unable to resist a backhanded swipe at the president, the left-skewing newspaper said the funding was, essentially, a stopgap measure to address those suffering in what the Left has long claimed is a “humanitarian” issue.
“Until better policies are in place, Democrats need to find a way to provide money for adequate shelter,” the board continued.
Record numbers of immigrants are seeking access to the U.S., “fueling a humanitarian crisis of overcrowding, disease, and chaos.”
Whether Democrats will admit it or not, this is an extreme crisis, The Times wrote.
“The Border Patrol is now averaging 1,200 daily arrests, with many migrants arriving exhausted and sick. Last week, a teenage boy from Guatemala died in government custody, the third death of a minor since December. As resources are strained the system buckles, the misery grows,” The Times wrote. “Something needs to be done. Soon.”