It’s become standard operating procedure for the left these days. When something goes wrong, blame Bush and slam Republicans. While appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday, that’s exactly what Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., did in response to a question about how to fix the current border crisis.
“I am really getting fed up with some of the critics of this administration, particularly from House Republicans,” he told Bob Schieffer. House leaders, he added, had over a year to consider the so-called “Gang of Eight” immigration bill passed by the Senate, but have refused to do so.
“Now they’re arguing we need more enforcement at the borders and a lot of other things,” Durbin complained. “When are they going to accept their responsibility to govern, to call up this bipartisan bill for consideration?”
Just a little over a week ago, Durbin said that if Republicans don’t do what Obama wants on immigration, the president will simply “borrow” some of Congress’ Constitutional authority to unilaterally rule on immigration.
Durbin, The Hill said, laid out a multi-pronged approach to stop the flood of illegal immigrants coming from Central America. Part of that approach includes outreach in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to “make it clear that sending these children north is a desperate and deadly decision, and that they’ve got to stop as quickly as possible.”
He also suggested penalties against smugglers trying to get migrant children across the border.
“The fact that they would lure these children into this deadly journey is just unspeakable,” he added. “It is an awful crime.”
Finally, Durbin said, the country must treat the children humanely as they’re processed back to their home countries.
“I think this administration understands what needs to be done,” he said.
Durbin also told Schieffer that it was the Homeland Security Act signed by George W. Bush that says “we treat these children humanely.”
But many say the Obama administration is behind the current flood of illegal immigrants. At the very least, critics argue, the administration knew well in advance there would be a flood of immigrants and began to make preparations for it. As we reported in June, the government requested vendors to “escort” thousands of illegal juveniles in January.
Making the situation worse, the administration admitted it has released an untold number of illegal immigrants in the country, but it refuses to say how many it has turned loose on American citizens.
Video of Durbin’s comments can be seen above.