“Hey Mom, I just read that the Department of Homeland Security is about to be shutdown. I just don’t get it. I thought Republicans were all about keeping our borders secure and keeping us safe against terrorists.”
“Yes son, I just saw on the news that Congress is not going to fund Homeland Security. They’re mad with the President for letting some of those illegals stay in our country. Some of em’ even have kids that were born here.”
“But I just don’t get it. If they close down that government department they say the border guard won’t be able to work. And gosh darn it, more of them illegals will come in then. It’s some kind of conspiracy. They’re gonna close it down so they can all come in and take our jobs away.”
Of course, the above imagined conversation is about the hypocrisy that we see in today’s dysfunctional government.
Here we have millions of people who live and work in this country who do not have the proper documents to be here legally. The President of the United States, Barack Obama, after years of inaction on the part of Congress, used an Executive Action to bring some of these people out of the darkness and into the light of day. If they want to stay here legally they will have to apply for the status that will allow them to do so. Many of them have children who were born in America and are thereby citizens.
The Republican knee jerk reaction is to close down the one department of government that does what Republicans want but they want to close it anyway. They conveniently forget that one of their political heroes, Ronald Reagan also took similar action in the later part of the 1980’s, to give many who lived in the shadows a legal status so that we would know who they were. It was called amnesty.
So let me see, now, you have a bunch of politicians who allegedly want to keep America safe from terrorists and who want to keep out those individuals who would cross our border without documents from coming here. But alas, you are intent on not giving the necessary funds to keep that department open whose responsibility is to keep us safe. Talk about hypocrisy, wow, how can you make sense of it?
If Congress had only dealt with the problem we wouldn’t be talking about it now. For years and years Congress has stood mute and has done nothing. This inaction, has occurred under Democratic administrations and under Republican ones as well. President George W. Bush, tried to pass a bill to solve the problem of approximately 11 million people living in the United States without proper papers, to no avail.
The current leadership of the House of Representatives, in particular, has tried to blame the current occupant of the White House for the problems we have with immigrants, as if he caused the problem. We all know he did not create the problem. He is trying to fix the problem that Congress has tried to sweep under the rug and ignore as if it is too hot too handle.
The Senate of the United States has passed a bill that if it were to become law would deal with the 11 million people who are here living in the shadows. It was a bi-partisan bill.
But no, the House still is doing nothing but make the problem worse. They control the purse strings of who gets the money for governmental departments to keep them going. The Department of Homeland Security is the third largest department in government employing 200, 000 people. They work on keeping us safe from terrorism and they have the INS and the Border Patrol under their auspices. Republicans who make up the so-called leadership of the House of Representatives are the ones leading the effort to close the Department of Homeland Security. What they are doing is the height of hypocrisy. It is as if they want to keep us safe by keeping the people whose job it is from doing it. There must be a better way to express their disagreement with the President. Please go back to the drawing board and come up with some other idea. Maybe we should send these hypocrites down to the border, and give them a gun or two and see if they can do the job, that our hard working public servants do so well.