Charles Krauthammer: The immigration no-brainer: Come illegally, eventually be allowed to stay

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  • prelax Murray, UT
    July 13, 2014 7:46 p.m.

    The US patrols the Rio Grande with boats. But they are now being used to rescue people, as any minors coming here are allowed to stay, even the known gang members.

    The law already allows HHS and the Homeland Security Department to write regulations to deal with "exceptional circumstances" that would allow officials to return the children more quickly to their home countries.

  • Mr. Bean Phoenix, AZ
    July 13, 2014 11:53 a.m.

    "Which begins with completing the fencing along the Mexican frontier."

    How you gonna build a fence down the center of the Rio Grande River which traverses the Texas/Mexican border? You can't build it on the Mexican side, that side belongs to Mexico. And you can't build it on the American side, that would cut off Americans' access to the river and it would cut off access to property along the river enfolded in oxbows of which there are myriads. Look at a close-up map of the river and you'll appreciate the problem.

    The only way to enforce access to the border is to apprehend those illegally crossing, gather them up, bus them back to an established crossing point and point in the direction of the border and say something like 'scram.' And a follow-up way is to enforce E-Verify laws. Also, I would not give citizenship to anyone who came here without permission... Ever... Period!

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    July 12, 2014 9:54 p.m.

    @ Esquire
    Bush had a pathetic deportation record. I blame him and Karl Rove for making amnesty a vote bargaining chip.
    That said, Obama is far worse. FAIR US has a long list of his despicable efforts to avoid enforcing immigration laws. You could look it up. But there are none so blind as those who will not see.
    The current border mess is clearly owned by the Obama administration, but nothing I can say will make you see that.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    July 12, 2014 9:58 a.m.

    For the last eight years, Democrats have taken the public position that Republican proposed bills never ezisted if they don't precisely match what Democrats want. In most societies, that would be called lying.

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    July 11, 2014 6:57 p.m.

    Along with Charles Krauthammer's column, Peggy Noonan's today's opinion in The Wall Street Journal, is a must read if one wants to put this immigration mess in perspective. Never, in the history of out country have we had 50,000 children and young adults crash our borders while an inept administration dithers. President Obama had been warned by Gov. Perry that this was an escalating problem - but he either choose to ignore it, didn't care, or did not have the judgment and leadership to effectively keep it from happening.

  • prelax Murray, UT
    July 11, 2014 4:45 p.m.

    Gallop and Rasmussen had polls that showed Obama's approval of 35% on how he has handled immigration. Other Presidents were lax on enforcement, but we did have some enforcement. Obama has gone far beyond what they did.

    MSNBC, Huffington post, LaRaza, and the AP, have all sided with the Ferengi and sold their souls to the business lobbyists.

    @Esquire, the Hose has passed more immigration laws this year than the Senate, look it up. But Harry Reid has stopped them from coming onto the floor. Bad analogies aside, the Senate bill backed by a majority of Democrats would make illegal immigration worse. The House bills are mostly enforcement, and the are in agreement with what the majority of Americans want. Obama needs to stop complaining, and realize his Senate are obstructionists also. Both sides want different things.

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    July 11, 2014 3:21 p.m.

    So President Bush and the legislation he signed had nothing to do with this?

    According to Chuck, illegal immigration must have started in 2008.

    And folks wonder why the GOP is looked at as a comedic tv show and not a serious political party?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 11, 2014 2:10 p.m.

    From the picture I take it only pretty teen girls are coming across the border illegally, and they just want a chance to show their high school graduation certificates and continue their education in American Schools.

    Most people would have a hard time turning away the people in the picture. But what about handicapped kids, blind kids, Autistic kids from Guatemala, kids who will never be able to graduate from High School here (and therefore be doomed to the jobs Americans won't do)?

    Are we humane enough to keep ALL of them? Even if we KNOW They will be a burden on society for their whole life? I mean we're not hard-hearted... are we?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    July 11, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    @ Say No to BO, the deportation issue has existed long before Obama came to office. It's just not right or fair to hang it all on him. But you still avoid the issue of how to deal with it. That's the GOP way, to scream about it, offer nothing to resolve it, and refuse to act on the proposals of others. What's with that?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    July 11, 2014 9:42 a.m.

    In general, the risk of an illegal alien being deported is just about ZERO.
    The risk of being detected for working here illegally? About zero as well.
    What's the downside? Where's the risk?
    As a result about 12 million (Minimum. Who really knows the real number)illegal aliens are among the foreign-born living in the United States. That's about ONE THIRD of the total.
    There is no deterrent because we lack the political will to enforce the laws and deport them.
    In fact, Obama is sending a clear message: As long as you are not a violent felon, this government will not seek you out and deport you. His approach is beyond de facto amnesty; it is national suicide.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    July 11, 2014 9:21 a.m.

    Happy Valley Heretic

    “Almost like the Borg in their simultaneous incorrect thinking and the surrender of all previous knowledge and actual history for a substituted memory of fallacies and talking points.”

    That’s a pretty good analogy.

    Charles Krauthammer admitted it himself when he said that FOX “News” has created an alternate reality.”

    It’s an alternate reality . . . Not really real . . . “a substituted memory of fallacies and talking points.”

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 11, 2014 9:04 a.m.

    I have to say the conservative pundits always stay on the same page, the wrong page, in the wrong book, in the wrong library, but on the same wrong page, consistently.

    Almost like the Borg in their simultaneous incorrect thinking and the surrender of all previous knowledge and actual history for a substituted memory of fallacies and talking points.

    Charles is wrong again.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    July 11, 2014 8:22 a.m.

    The Senate passed an immigration reform bill. The House has not. The message is clear. The GOP would rather play politics. It is that simple.

    Conservatives, those of you who believe in a free market system, face this fact: There is no way on earth that you can stop the flow of illegal immigration unless you provide economic and security incentives for people to stay home. You cannot seal the border. Even if you could, it would not address the many who come on airplanes. (e.g., 20 to 25% of all Koreans are here illegally. It might be higher for other Asian countries.) Building a bigger fence and adding more military at the border will do little but cost us more. It only makes some of you feel better, but it is racist in nature as you ignore those from non-Latin countries.

    The Republicans are only arguing about this to try to gain political advantage. They have zero interest in doing the right thing or in helping solve the issue. None whatsover, so please stop pretending.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    July 11, 2014 6:38 a.m.

    A serious president would go to Congress tomorrow proposing a change in the law, simply mandating that Central American kids get the same treatment as Mexican kids, i.e., be subject to deportation."

    And what should a serious Congress do? Instead they grandstand in front of TV cameras claiming the president is not enforcing the law then, as Mr. Krauthammer reluctantly points out, the president is enforcing the law that Congress almost unanimously passed in 2008 with the signature of the former president. Why doesn't Congress stop the lying and the grandstanding and propose their own change to the law? And why don't pundits like Mr. Krauthammer stop the same lies and the same grandstanding.

  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2014 5:31 a.m.

    I don't understand why Krauthammer would be in favor of "reform" (euphemism for legalization of illegal aliens). The same reasons why these children must be deported immediately to their home countries are the very same reasons why there must not be "immigration reform" (legalization): rewarding illegality only results in more of the same.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    July 11, 2014 5:27 a.m.

    “More nonsense.” Thank you Charles.

    That’s an excellent summation of almost every Krauthammer article I’ve ever seen.

    Here he is placing the blame for the lack of border security on Obama, after Republicans insisted on Sequestration. And sequestration has reduced border security funding by billions.

    Sequestration, btw, is still in effect.

    “Conservatives” who INSISTED on depriving border security of necessary funding are rallying together once again to blame Obama for their mistakes.

    No surprise there.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    July 10, 2014 11:11 p.m.

    Here's the REAL immigration no-brainer: "Hmm. Stay here and put my kids' lives at risk, or send them North, where they'll at least get a few meals and won't be shot at (I hope)?"