NYT chides Trump: You’ve made it so scary for illegals to come to U.S. that they’re staying home

NYT chides Trump: You’ve made it so scary for illegals to come to U.S. that they’re staying home

It’s an indication of how utterly distorted the Left’s worldview has become.

An article appearing in today’s New York Times has emblazoned across its top a photograph of a forlorn-looking man, sitting on the edge of a bed, his eyes downcast. Standing across the room from him is a young girl who looks sympathetically at the man — her father — as if to say, “It’s OK, Papa, maybe next year.”

The photo, commissioned by the Times, might have been meant to accompany a story about a child being denied a life-saving operation or something equally heart-rending. But it wasn’t. Here are the first few paragraphs of the article it does accompany:

Will this presidential election be the most important in American history?

His bags were packed, and the smuggler was ready. If all went well, Eswin Josué Fuentes figured he and his 10-year-old daughter would slip into the United States within days.

Then, the night before he planned to leave, he had a phone conversation with a Honduran friend living illegally in New York. Under President Trump, the friend warned, the United States was no longer a place for undocumented migrants.

Shaken, Mr. Fuentes abruptly ditched his plans in May and decided to stay here in Honduras, despite its unrelenting violence and poverty. He even passed up the $12,000 in smuggler fees that his sister in the United States had lined up for the journey.

“I got scared of what’s happening there,” Mr. Fuentes said.

While some of Mr. Trump’s most ambitious plans to tighten the border are still a long way off, particularly his campaign pledge to build a massive wall, his hard-line approach to immigration already seems to have led to sharp declines in the flow of migrants from Central America bound for the United States.

From February through May, the number of undocumented immigrants stopped or caught along the southwest border of the United States fell 60 percent from the same period last year, according to United States Customs and Border Protection — evidence that far fewer migrants are heading north, officials on both sides of the border say.

The clear message is that protecting our borders is somehow heartless — that Donald Trump’s so-far successful plan for staunching the flow of illegals into the nation is an act of aggression.

How did we reach this point? As recently as July 4 of 2016 — almost a year ago to the day — as reliably liberal a news outlet as PBS lamented that Barack Obama — champion of the Left — had failed in his efforts to reform immigration and curb the hordes of people sneaking across the border:

When his presidency ends in January, Obama will leave behind an outdated and overwhelmed system, with some 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally.

The missed goal is part of a legacy that included a sometimes contradictory mix of policies — some aimed at bringing immigrants “out of the shadows,” others at removing them from the U.S.

How did we as a nation go from viewing illegal entry into the nation as a problem to seeing it as a quasi-humanitarian initiative to be encouraged?

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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