It took a while, but some small rays of light are beginning to poke their way through the left’s avalanche of dark deception when it comes to the illegal immigration debate. It has been three long weeks of almost impenetrable mainstream-media propaganda, but the truth is starting to surface for gasps and sputtering, choked breaths. If there is one thing that we believe about a free society, it is that the truth will always find a way to shine. It may be obscured by the clouds of nonsense pumped out by our partisan media and the Democratic Party, but it cannot and will not be extinguished.
The real truth begins to emerge when even the usual allies and members of the leftist deception machine can no longer sustain the charade. Such is what we saw happen when former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson appeared on Fox News with Chris Wallace this weekend to discuss the immigration “crisis” at the border. In the interview, handled quite admirably by Wallace, Johnson was forced to admit that this thing everyone’s freaking out about? Trump’s monstrous family separation deal? Oh, yeah, the Obama administration did that, too.
“Let’s look at how the Obama administration and you as secretary of Homeland Security handled this back in 2014 when there was also a spike in children, most of them unaccompanied coming across the border,” Wallace said. “You started jailing entire families. In some cases, not a lot, but in some, you separated children from their parents. In these pictures that we are putting up, from 2014, show pictures of unaccompanied minors in jail situations. As you look back on that, did you handle it so well?
“Well, Chris, without a doubt the images and the reality from 2014 just like 2018 are not pretty,” Johnson acknowledged. “And so, we expanded family detention. We had then 34,000 beds for family detention, only 95 of 34,000 equipped to deal with families. So, we extended it. I freely admit it was controversial. We believed it was necessary at the time. We can’t have catch and release and in my three years we deported, or repatriated or returned over a million people.”
The interview went on from there, but that’s really the important part. Everything else that Johnson said on the program can be extrapolated from that one paragraph. Because the truth of the matter is this: This whole debate breaks down into three camps. There is the Trump Camp, which believes that we need to enforce the law strictly and do whatever we can to limit, if not entirely eliminate illegal immigration. Then there is the activist camp, which essentially believes that we should be an open-borders society that just lets everyone come in as they please. Finally, there is the Democratic Party, which doesn’t claim to want open borders but has absolutely no sensible solution to the problem of illegal immigration.
They are, as Trump has said numerous times, merely obstructionists too afraid to actually address the problem as it exists.
Actually addressing the problem requires real solutions, and those solutions won’t always lead to pretty pictures. But if we’re serious about trying to save our country, we have no other choice.