A growing surge of migrants illegally crossing into the U.S. through Mexico have overwhelmed border patrol, who are understaffed and ill-equipped to handle the influx of immigrants. With insufficient facilities to house the migrants, border agents have been forced to temporarily hold many of them in outdoor holding areas — a development that has Democrats like Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) fuming.
Apparently itching to take the blame off her own party for the overwhelming number of migrants overloading our immigration system, Omar has cited “white nationalism” as the source of what she is calling an “abhorrent and inhumane” practice.
Finding a scapegoat
A Washington Post reporter tweeted on Thursday a photo of a chain-link fence that enclosed a group of migrants awaiting processing near the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. It didn’t take long for Omar to share her thoughts on it.
This is abhorrent and inhumane.
It’s without a doubt a reflection of what white nationalism is doing to our country. As a country, we have to acknowledge that this is how people are being treated here and decide that we are better and we must do better. https://t.co/5YNAJFNZo7
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 28, 2019
While the pictures shared by the reporter are quite disconcerting at first glance, a little context — which Omar left out — provides a bit more understanding of the situation that is playing out right now at the border — and “white nationalism” has nothing to do with it.
“Two weeks ago I briefed the media and testified in Congress that our immigration system was at the breaking point. That breaking point has arrived this week at the border,” Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said at a news conference on Wednesday.
“On Monday and Tuesday, CBP started the day with over 12,000 migrants in our custody,” McAleenan said. “As of this morning, that number was 13,400. A high number for us is 4,000. A crisis level is 6,000. Thirteen thousand is unprecedented.”
Indeed, the immigration influx is putting a strain on CBP facilities, which don’t have enough beds to house the massive number of migrants attempting to enter the U.S. each day.
Because of this, CBP has been forced to hold many migrants in temporary holding areas for what McAleenan said is typically less than 24 hours.
Making real change
While Democrats now doubt lauded Omar’s choice to stand against CBP, her remarks didn’t sit well with Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Texas Republican who knows first-hand the impact the crisis at the border has had on America’s southwest.
In a tweet on Friday, Crenshaw called on Omar to help end the crisis at the border with common sense reforms like “more detention facilities.”
How about more detention facilities and an end to asylum processing policies that encourage migrants to leverage children to cross the border?
Or just make up nonsense about “white nationalism”. Seems like totally coherent policy. https://t.co/tKSCDjjqhL
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) March 29, 2019
Couldn’t have said it better myself.