It feels like months, but it was only a few weeks ago when top Democrats were leading the charge to end family separation at the US-Mexico border. Hashtags like “#AbolishICE” and “#FamiliesBelongTogether” erupted across Twitter and Facebook.
.@SecNielsen must resign. This is not an immigration issue, it is a humanitarian issue. Children are being used by the Trump Admin to create leverage, with a goal of passing Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. I struggle to think of anything more barbaric. #FamiliesBelongTogether
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 18, 2018
There’s only one problem: Democrats have already given up and moved on to their next object of outrage.
Republicans, on the other hand, didn’t quit. In late June, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the Protect Kids and Parents Act. Cruz’s bill would’ve required that immigrant families seeking asylum be detained together when apprehended at the border, and authorized the government to spend money to create facilities to hold children and families.
It also would have doubled the number of immigration judges to 375 and sped up the review process for asylum seekers to two weeks. Cruz’s bill was co-sponsored by 21 Republicans and zero Democrats.
That’s right. Zero Democrats. For all their outrage, no Democrats were actually willing to sponsor an obvious solution, since it came from the Republican party.
In addition to Cruz’s bill, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) did propose the Keep Families Together Act. The problem with Feinstein’s bill is that it acted as a “catch and release” policy, and made no mention of detainment or deportation. All Senate Democrats signed on as co-sponsors for her bill.
In total, there have been seven drafted or proposed bills to the Senate to end the separation of families — five by Republicans, and two by Democrats.
The other Democrat-proposed bill, the HELP Separated Children Act, wouldn’t even have ended the separation of children from their families — it only allowed children to visit their parents who are detained.
Despite these proposals, President Trump was viciously attacked over this policy, as Democrats across the country blamed him for the separation of children from their parents.
I have stated frequently that child separation is wrong and un-American. We must stop it ASAP. Trump alone started the policy, and he could stop it without consulting anyone. It is fraudulent for @RepLeeZeldin or Trump to blame Democrats for Trump’s actions. Fix is #BLUEWAVE https://t.co/9YiEygECZi
— Perry Gershon (@perrygershon) June 20, 2018
Thank you to the thousands of people turning out today to protest Trump's cruel policy of separating families. The United States of America must never be about tearing apart families or locking up children in cages. #FamiliesBelongTogether
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 30, 2018
Nevermind the fact that the child separation policy was created by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. You know, the most liberal court in America. Nevermind the fact that the policy was created when Barack Obama was president, not Donald Trump, even if Trump did step it up when he instituted a zero-tolerance policy.
But, as of late, the left has been preoccupied with other issues — whether that be #resisting a highly-qualified Supreme Court nominee or attacking CEOs of companies that employ thousands of people across the nation.
I hope the CEOs of Amazon, Disney, McDonald's, Walmart and American Airlines have the guts to sit on a panel with their own employees at our town hall Monday night. Watch live on July 16 at 7 pm EST on my Facebook page. https://t.co/3a3ApIrZh1 pic.twitter.com/9slDLT2GYk
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 10, 2018
Democrats tend to do this with every policy Republicans enact. For example, when President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, Democrats were up in arms, and when Republicans passed tax cuts, Nancy Pelosi wrote them off as merely just “crumbs,” even though millions of people got thousands of dollars in bonuses and raises. Or when Net Neutrality was repealed… and Democrats actually complained that people were going to die. Even when Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, Democrats continued to make the claim that people will literally die.
The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come and will morph our Supreme Court into a political arm of the right-wing Republican Party.
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) July 10, 2018
It seems that Democrats turn their anger-meter up to an 11 on the Richter scale when Republicans attempt to pursue their basic policy platform. The left looks for excuses to bash their political opponents for being “inhumane,” even when Republicans themselves propose bills to keep families together.
The radical Left doesn’t actually want to end the separation of families — instead, they want to push for open borders and no regulations on immigration. Until they actually focus on principle and ideas to solve problems, they will continue kicking and screaming when things don’t go their way.