KLATSKY: Why Did Democrats Stop Caring About Family Separation So Quickly?


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Avery Klatsky is a high school senior from Dallas, Texas. His political interests include foreign policy, economics, free speech, and more.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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About Avery Klatsky

Avery Klatsky is a high school senior from Dallas, Texas. His political interests include foreign policy, economics, free speech, and more.

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