Monday, February 11, 2019 1:00 am
Trump can have money; here are the terms
The following is a five-point plan to solve the current border security problem plaguing Congress and the White House.
1. Resurrect the most recent border security bill that passed the House and Senate but failed to secure President Donald Trump's signature. Increase the physical barrier portion of this legislation to $5.7 billion in exchange for the passage of the bipartisan DREAM Act and Trump's agreement to points 2 through 5.
2. The president will close his Twitter account and direct his staff to reinstate weekly White House briefings that are open to all news outlets, including CNN's Jim Acosta.
3. The president will utilize Camp David as his place of respite instead of Mar-a-Lago or Trump Tower in New York.
4. The president will read or have read to him all briefing materials that cross his desk in preparation for his required attendance and attentiveness at daily and weekly meetings, such as national security briefings.
5. The president will immediately and permanently stop publicly bad mouthing the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Reserve.
There are many more points that could be added to this transactional compromise, but acceptance and adherence by the president to these five points is worth the requested $5.7 billion.
Wall would stem flow of future Democrats
What two things do Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Shumer, Rahm Emanuel, Jerry Brown and the dancing mayor from New Jersey have in common?
1. None of them are in favor of building a wall along our southern border with Mexico. They all favor sanctuary cities.
2. To my knowledge, none of them has lost a loved one to an illegal immigrant.
I bet these people would change their tune if they had a child or grandchild who ended up like Kate Steinle (who was killed by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco in 2015).
Pelosi was recently quoted as saying building the wall would be “immoral.” She has no problem allowing all of them in; after all, none of them will be living in her gated community.
The real reason the Democrats aren't in favor of the wall is because it would shut off the flow of future Democratic voters.
Treatment of kids at border inhumane
As former foster parents and proud adoptive parents, we understand how the U.S. foster care system operates. The rights of the biological parents come first with reuniting families being a primary goal. This is true even if that means some children have to stay in the system for multiple years, building strong relationships with a foster family while their parents resolve the issues that prevented them from caring for their children.
At the border with Mexico, however, the federal government seems to be taking a very different approach. They separated children from parents and placed the children with “sponsor homes,” oftentimes in states far away from the border. Record-keeping was confusing at best and non-existent at worst. Now they are having trouble reuniting families.
According to a leader in the Department of Health and Human Services, their work to reunite children separated from their families would “require extraordinary effort,” so the children should remain with their “sponsor homes.” He went on to say that reuniting them with their family would “destabilize the permanency of their existing home environment and could be traumatic to the children.” While experiencing another transition would be difficult for the children, keeping them away from their parents for no reason other than it would be hard on federal employees is unethical and inhumane.
TERRI J. and JAMES D. SWIM