The shocking incident of October 5, 2017 could be traced back one month earlier to September 5.
On that Tuesday morning, there was an extra bounce in the step of the Attorney General as he took to the podium. He barely suppressed a smile as he began his announcement. The glee was apparent.
I am here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama Administration is being rescinded.
Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions has a history. He is not particularly against illegal immigration. He advocates severe cut-backs on all immigration, legal or not.
But the October incident, and the announcement that came before it, were not about all immigration. The DACA program was about those whose parents brought them to this country as small children. They are, in all meaningful respects, American. On average, they were 6 years old when they arrived. They know no other language. They know no other country. And General Sessions was announcing the government’s intention to ship them to lands in which they will be strangers.
The Attorney General conflated opposition to this move with opposition to any borders at all, a position held by pretty close to … well … nobody.
To have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, we cannot admit everyone who would like to come here. It’s just that simple. That would be an open border policy and the American people have rightly rejected it.
The October incident that came a month later, and the Sessions announcement itself, were not about open borders or admitting everyone who would like to come here.
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