Harry Reid has a border problem. More accurately, America has a border problem that Reid, as Senate majority leader, will need to help solve in the next three weeks. The Nevada senator’s difficulties stem from his dislike of the bipartisan solution recently offered, disagreement with the approach suggested by President Obama, and disdain for anything passed by the House of Representatives. Other than that, Reid should find the sweltering run-up to the August recess to be great fun.
It’s difficult to overstate the challenges created by the massive influx of asylum seekers — mostly women and unaccompanied children — currently flowing through our southern border. The situation puts the health and safety of thousands at risk, places enormous economic and social pressure on border communities, and portrays America as powerless to control its own borders. In large measure, however, it is a crisis of the administration’s own making.
In June 2012, Obama ordered Homeland Security to stop deporting young illegal immigrants eligible for education benefits under the DREAM Act, a bill introduced in Congress but never passed. With the presidential campaign in full swing, the gambit was designed to solidify the Hispanic vote in his favor. It may or may not have helped win the election, but it sowed the seeds for today’s border meltdown.