July 19, 2014
Sarah Palin says we should impeach Barack Obama over the recent border crisis, in a Breitbart.org column (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/08/Exclusive-Sarah-Palin-Time-to-Impeach-President-Obama). A pop-up ad for the site reads “You deserve the truth.” I couldn’t agree more.
In her op-ed, Palin claims that the crisis is about hurting the American worker. Actually, it’s about kids crossing into the United States. Locals where I’m visiting in North Georgia tell me it is about Mexicans crossing, but actually the crisis is about kids from Central America (in particular, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras).
Palin claims that the president isn’t following the law. Actually, the president is following the law, which is causing a strain. You see, Obama’s following the “William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008,” (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/hr7311) which means that kids coming in deserve a fair hearing, to make sure they aren’t victims of human trafficking.
Here’s a bit of trivia: William Wilberforce is that Christian guy who was instrumental in getting Great Britain to outlaw the slave trade.
Here’s another bit of trivia: the bill was sponsored by three Republicans and three Democrats. Those Republicans are Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Chris Smith of New Jersey.
Here’s yet another bit of trivia. That law was signed on December 23, 2008. I’ll bet you think Barack Obama was the one who signed it, because he was elected in 2008. But you don’t get to sign bills until you officially become president. That event occurred in January of 2009. So who was president back then?
So what’s Obama not doing about the problem? Actually, he met with Republicans like Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and sent an emergency request to Congress for $3.7 billion to upgrade the immigration courts called for in the 2008 law to handle the surge in Central American kids coming over.
I’ll bet you think that’s a drop in the bucket. I’ll bet you think House Republicans were so outraged Obama would ask for so little. Well, here’s what Kentucky Republican Congressman Hal Rogers, House Appropriations Chair had to say about Obama’s request for funds.
“It’s too much money,” Rogers told reporters in an Associated Press story (http://news.yahoo.com/us-house-chairman-3-7-billion-request-too-161126423.html). “We don’t need it.” I guess that means there really isn’t a crisis.
Moreover, in the same story, Republicans demanded legal changes that would treat the Central American children the same way Mexican children are treated, and give the Border Patrol the right to turn them away at the border…and the Obama Administration agreed with them!
Perry, a presidential candidate, told ABC’s “This Week” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/06/rick-perry-border_n_5561436.html) that “I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept or you have some ulterior motive.”
So what do we say about those who call for Obama’s impeachment because he (a) followed Bush’s border law, (b) agreed with GOP changes to the law, and (c) sent a funding request to House Republicans to create the courts to eliminate the backlog which led to the crisis, which was turned down by the GOP? I guess the choices are ineptitude or ulterior motive.