Against the backdrop of the humanitarian and law enforcement crisis at the southern border, President Obama’s approval rating for his stewardship of immigration issues has plummeted.
According to a Gallup poll, only 31 percent of American’s approve of the way he has been handling immigration, with 65 percent disapproving. The disapproval rate on immigration has increased 10 points over last summer.
As The Inquisitr has previously reported, Obama’s approval ratings have tanked generally, which may be a reflection of all the domestic scandals rocking the White House. A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that 54 percent of the American public believes the president cannot lead and get the job done, prompting NBC News White House Correspondent Chuck Todd to pronounce the Obama presidency “over.”
In the same poll, 57 percent disapproved of the president’s handling of foreign policy, which isn’t necessarily a surprise given the chaos in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, the controversial Bowe Bergdahl swap, and other international issues such as Iran’s unchecked nuclear ambitions.
Gallup separately found that Obama has an overall disapproval rating of 52 percent.
Even though the Obama administration previously touted the border as “secure,” tens of thousands of illegal aliens from Central America — including many unaccompanied children — have flooded into the U.S. from the Rio Grande area in the last few months, stretching Border Patrol resources to the breaking point.
Drug interdiction has also reportedly declined because Border Patrol agents have been too busy trying to cope with the unprecedented surge of migrants across the border. What about the possibility that international terrorists might try to sneak in during this chaotic situation?
There have also been reports that gang members affiliated with MS-13 and other violent groups are crossing the border in this wave, and officers have no choice but to release them as well.
Another disturbing development, mass illegal immigrant graves found in southern Texas, is just a further example that U.S. immigration systems and policies are being overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of migrants trying to cross the border.
Both the Central American media and human traffickers reportedly have spread the word that any migrant who makes it across the U.S. border will be allowed to stay indefinitely if not permanently. Some observers have blamed President Obama’s decision — without the approval of Congress — to suspend deportations of younger illegals as a motivating factor leading up to this crisis. Reportedly, after VP Joe Biden met with Central American leaders in Guatemala City, the media there has apparently reversed course.
House Speaker John Boehner, among others, has called for the National Guard to be deployed immediately to the border region.
Said Boehner in a letter to the president:
“The policies of your administration have directly resulted in the belief by these immigrants that once they reach U.S. soil, they will be able to stay here indefinitely. There are several steps that we call on you and your administration to take immediately to enforce our laws, stem the tide of migrants, protect the victims, and ensure that these individuals are dealt with in a humane manner that is consistent with American ideals of compassion and family unity. The safety of these migrant children is a matter of paramount importance.”
According to Politico, the Obama administration has a new plan for supposedly speeding up deportations, which includes “opening new detention centers that can accommodate families, expanded use of ankle bracelets to monitor immigrants awaiting hearings and sending more immigration judges to southern Texas that would expedite and streamline the court hearing and removal process.”
Many included in this cohort of illegal immigrants are being callously and arbitrarily scattered by authorities throughout the country.
In general, Border Patrol and ICE agents often release detained undocumented workers on a promise to appear in court, but many never show up.
In our country, the Big Media unfairly tends to blend legal and illegal immigration into one issue. Most Americans support legal immigration for persons who want to come here to work with the proper authorization, thereby increasing the economic pie for everyone. No law-abiding American wants undocumented persons to be exploited in under-the-table schemes. That being said, amnesty or the perception of amnesty is quite another matter. Complicating factors include that increasing numbers of Americans are already collecting taxpayer-supported public assistance, notably an unprecedented spike in those relying on food stamps, and many U.S. citizens and residents are still jobless. “Comprehensive” immigration reform foes have argued that increased levels of illegal immigration place a downward pressure on both hiring and wages and deplete an array of social services in a country that is already billions of dollars in debt.
As has been stated many times, the U.S. is a nation of immigrants, and America is a generous and welcoming country, but it — like the United Kingdom — also appears unfortunately to be a welfare magnet, with some newcomers trying to game the system.
Moreover, any arbitrary cutoff date for amnesty or the equivalent that is included in an immigration reform law that might eventually pass in Washington will have loopholes — plus, there is the strong likelihood of document fraud in establishing prior residence here. As a practical matter, overwhelmed or uncurious government bureaucrats will probably just rubber-stamp many of the applicants for permanent residence, if not citizenship.
How would you rate the Obama administration’s handling of immigration and border security?
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