Once again, it seems Obama has gotten himself into a mess he can’t get out of.
Remember, if you will, that it’s probably Obama’s pushing for the Dream Act and his 2012 Executive Order that’s drawn most of these kids here. Now even states run almost exclusively by Democrats are telling him, “no, you can’t send those kids here.”
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has been caught in an almost perfect 180 on this topic by, of all places, CNN:
“He privately said ‘please don’t send these kids to Western Maryland,'” a Democratic source told CNN. The heated discussion between O’Malley and White House domestic policy adviser Cecilia Munoz occurred during a phone call late Friday evening, sources familiar with the conversation added.
A potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, O’Malley surprised some in his party when he sharply criticized a White House proposal to give new legal authorities to the Department of Homeland Security to expedite the deportation of the unaccompanied minors and their families.
“We are not a country that should turn children away and send them back to certain death,” O’Malley said last week at a National Governors Association meeting in Nashville.
Instead, the governor urged the administration to show compassion toward the children, describing some of the facilities where the young detainees are being kept as “kennels.”
“Through all of the great world religions we are told that hospitality to strangers is an essential human dignity,” O’Malley said.
Hours after making those remarks, O’Malley expressed concerns to Munoz about a proposal under consideration by the Department of Health and Human Services to convert a former Army Reserve Center in Westminster, Maryland to house the children.
Of course, in public, he’s got his staff spinning it furiously, but I don’t see any reason for a Democratic source in the Obama administration to want to torpedo O’Malley. It’s not like Obama and Bill and Hill Clinton get along so famously that he wants her to be his hand-picked successor.
In nearby Connecticut, state officials are giving the Obamacrats the same message, though without the flip-flop:
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut officials have rejected a federal request to temporarily house up to 2,000 immigrant children from Central America at a mostly-vacant facility built for developmentally disabled adults.
Patrick M. O’Brien, assistant director of the state’s Bureau of Assets Management, emailed back Monday, rejecting the request. He said the building was not suitable because of deteriorating conditions, complex state procedures for using surplus property, and the fact that some people are still housed at Southbury.
Okay, let’s use a little logic on O’Brien’s flimsy reasons. If it’s “not suitable” because of bad conditions, why are some people still living there? That blows two of his three excuses right out of the water. As for “complex state procedures,” let’s remember that CT is a Democratic stronghold without a single Republican in their state executive leadership or Congressional delegation, and with a state legislature overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. If the “complex state procedures” are really that bad, it’s the Democrats who made them that way.
Meanwhile, on the west coast, a surprising opponent has arisen to a plan to house the kids in L.A. Believe it or not, the homeless are the ones complaining in La-La-Land!
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has convened with nonprofit groups to shelter undocumented immigrant children in L.A. while they await court hearings on whether they can remain in the United States.
“Before you get partisan, before you tell me where you are on immigration, these are children. As a father, who are we as Americans if we do not step forward first?” Garcetti asked, noting, “I see this as not just a moral issue but as a practical one.”
Homeless activist Ted Hayes, who has lived in L.A. for three decades, opposes the idea, insisting there are American kids on city streets who need help first.
“It’s kind of a slap in the face to U.S. citizens,” Hayes said. “It’s embarrassing. It’s hurtful. Because it’s like a father saying that he loves children outside of the family more than he loves his own.”
“We feel for them,” Hayes continued. “We feel their pain. But we are feeling pain of our own children first.”
I never thought I’d agree with a “homeless activist,” but on this one I gotta say Hayes has the right of it for the most part.
Mr. Obama, if you or your staff happen to read this, here’s a hint… when Democrats start refusing to help the federal government, that’s a sign of a problem on a massive scale. And if you don’t take steps to stop this flood, you’re going to go down in history as the President that gave America away.