It’s Trump’s fault that the border is a mess and no new DHS secretary will change that – Washington Examiner
President Trump is never going to find whatever magic fix he’s searching for in a new secretary of Homeland Security.
Kirstjen Nielsen, who resigned from the department Sunday after months of reports that the president was dissatisfied with her work, isn’t responsible for the chaos at the border. More than two years into his presidency, the blame is solely on Trump.
It’s Trump who promised to build a wall. It’s Trump who railed against the gang members, drug traffickers, and rapists taking advantage of lax border security to enter the country. It’s Trump who won a national election, against all odds, in large part for declaring that he could bring order to our jungle of an immigration system.
And it’s Trump who has squandered all of his political capital, plus two years of his party fully in control of Congress, on a lazy tax cut and an ill-fated attempt to repeal Obamacare. (And guess what he’s doing now? Still trying to repeal Obamacare!)
Average Americans are happy to have another $900 at the end of the year, thanks to the tax cut, but what difference does it make when their schools are being overrun by MS-13 gang members? What difference does it make when all of their country’s government resources aren’t going to making their lives better, but to the Guatemalans, Salvadorans, and Hondurans pouring across the border and now getting free healthcare and child services?
It’s true that nearly every action Trump has taken on immigration has been hamstrung by absurd court orders and a Democratic Party that supports a policy of open borders and zero deportations. But the excuse doesn’t work when you realize that Trump, rather than devoting every fiber of his being to halting the invasion he’s been warning about since 2015, instead chose to hand the keys of his presidency to Paul Ryan.
Fixing the border requires a wall, yes, but more pressing is the asylum law that’s turning our country into a waste dump for Central America’s problems. The only way to change that is through Congress, but Trump can only talk about “the wall,” “the wall,” “the wall.” It’s like banging your head against one.
He missed his little window (two years) to get it done when he and Republicans had a hold on Congress. Now it’s probably too late. It’s not Nielsen’s fault, and her successor won’t make any difference that she didn’t.