Democrats, not the GOP, giving Obama headaches over border crisis

posted at 10:41 am on July 17, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Since the crisis on the southern border began to generate a significant amount of attention from the political press, the media has been as focused on President Barack Obama and his approach to the present situation as they have been on Republicans. In spite of the dubious nature of this claim, the president has benefited from his effort to cast the present crisis as an outgrowth of the failure of House Republicans to pass a comprehensive immigration reform plan.

The media’s instinct to somehow cast congressional Republicans as key figures in the current crisis culminated on Tuesday in the release of a Washington Post/ABC News poll which inexplicably asked voters for their opinions on how the Republicans in Congress were handling the border crisis. Republicans, powerless as they are to do anything about an acute crisis and who have suffered in the polls against the president since his election in 2008, unsurprisingly received lower marks from the public than did the president. With that, the blame for the present situation and the onus to address it shifted perceptibly away from the president.

But Beltway reporters are still doing their jobs, and those who do their work in the Capitol and the White House rather than the television studio know that the president is more vexed by the members of his own party rather than Republicans.

“The ebb of migrations into the country came as a growing number of congressional Democrats are opposed to weakening legal protections for young children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America, making it less likely that Congress can agree on a deal to address the crisis before lawmakers leave Washington for a five-week summer recess,” The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe and Juliet Eilperin reported on Thursday.

They noted that the White House’s only proposed solution to the present crisis is the prerequisite demand that Congress pass a $3.7 billion package aimed at speeding up asylum and deportation hearings for illegal immigrants crossing the southern border.

“But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus — a key bloc on immigration issues — came together Wednesday to oppose the idea,” the report continued. “The growing opposition among Democrats will make it more difficult for the GOP-led House and the Democratic-run Senate to reach an accord before Congress leaves Aug. 1 for its annual summer break.”

Democrats are also leery of amending a 2008 law aimed at curbing child trafficking, which many suspect has intensified the current influx of young migrants.

“Is the only immigration bill we’re going to have one that hurts children?” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday.

The president is meeting with still more demands from members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, further constraining Obama’s ability to act.

According to Real Clear Politics reporter Alexis Simendinger, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) noted that his Caucus’ members are willing to support the expedited deportation of the current wave of immigrants crossing the border so long as each case receives current levels of due process. Hispanic Caucus members also pressured Obama to not break up families with undocumented members who have lived in the country for some time. Obama reportedly agreed to the request.

President Obama reassured members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Wednesday that he will flex his executive muscle later this year to be “as great and big and bold as he can be” to reduce deportations of undocumented immigrant families who have lived and worked in the United States for years, one Democratic lawmaker said at the conclusion of the meeting.

“We had an emotional meeting, but emotional in the sense that we were connected,” Gutierrez said to reporters following his meeting with the president. “We asked him to be our champion, we asked him to be a hero to our community, and he responded to us as a champion and as a hero, in my opinion.”

Obama has successfully walked the tightrope of pleasing all the members of his party in Congress, but the crisis on the border continues and nothing has been done just yet. It is unlikely that all of the president’s promises will be met if Congress adjourns for the August recess with the crisis on the border worsening.

While the president has spent most of time reframing the current crisis as part of a larger political struggle between him and Republicans in Congress, it is apparent that the members of the president’s party who are giving him the most headaches.


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This is nonsense, we have it on good authority that the border is secure.

listens2glenn on July 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

No whining, dems. Impeach him or watch him burn your party to the ground to satisfy his ego.

CurtZHP on July 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

The Senate is lost. The Dims best hope. The GOPe screws up, yet again.

Bmore on July 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM

“Is the only immigration bill we’re going to have one that hurts children ?” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday

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Is the only immigration bill YOU can come up with, one that hurts the United States ?

listens2glenn on July 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM

But Beltway reporters are still doing their jobs

Lolz!!! Sure.

Bmore on July 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

While the president has spent most of time reframing the current crisis as part of a larger political struggle between him and Republicans in Congress, it is apparent that the members of the president’s party who are giving him the most headaches.

Okay…………………..

VegasRick on July 17, 2014 at 10:51 AM

“We asked him to be our champion, we asked him to be a hero to our community, and he responded to us as a champion and as a hero, in my opinion.”

0 waving and smiling from the Vineyard no doubt.

Bmore on July 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

katy the mean old lady on July 17, 2014 at 10:51 AM

There’s already a post on that. Keep up.

faraway on July 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

But Beltway reporters are still doing their jobs, and those who do their work in the Capitol and the White House rather than the television studio know that the president is more vexed by the members of his own party rather than Republicans.

Noah Rothman on July 17, 2014 at 10:41 AM

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Members of his own party are vexed by him … coincidence ?
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listens2glenn on July 17, 2014 at 10:53 AM

But Beltway reporters are still doing their jobs

Unintended comedy is sometime the best.

Bitter Clinger on July 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Obama is just HOPING that nothing get passed before the six week recess. It give him and his beholden agencies more time to keep up doing what they are doing.

Walter L. Newton on July 17, 2014 at 10:55 AM

While the president has spent most of time reframing the current crisis as part of a larger political struggle between him and Republicans in Congress, it is apparent that the members of the president’s party who are giving him the most headaches.

The only reason members of the President’s party are giving him headaches is because they fear that the President will not go far enough, decisively enough, to enact an open border / massive amnesty on the basis of ‘executive authority’.

They see this, along with their opposition to Voter ID, as a process to ensure their perpetual electoral viability under the guise of ‘fixing’ a broken, unfair, unjust, racist, and misogynistic nation.

Athos on July 17, 2014 at 10:55 AM

What time is tee time?

Tater Salad on July 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

There’s already a post on that. Keep up.

faraway on July 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

I guess I’m not as obsessive as you. So sorry.

katy the mean old lady on July 17, 2014 at 10:58 AM

So the pipes have burst… Water is flooding in your home causing untold damage and the president and Dem response is to spend 3.7 billion on towels cause water is good ….NOT turn off the water!!!!!

Caseoftheblues on July 17, 2014 at 10:58 AM

It’s probably too late for the Demos.

It’s looking more and more as if the Choom Gang has poisoned the well.

This mess seems to be bringing the country together as few things ever have.

Only the Lefties refuse to see it.

formwiz on July 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM

There’s already a post on that. Keep up.

faraway on July 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

I must be blind, I can’t see it……

Barred on July 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Remember how the Dems like to portray us as “pulling the ladder of success up behind us” because we’re so selfish? Look what Gutierrez had to say about “the children.”

“We do want the children to get expedited, and we gave [Obama] many suggestions within the confines of the law so that those children can get inside a courtroom,” Gutierrez said. “They’re going to be deported. The vast majority do not have an asylum case. We know that. Let’s just be clear,” he added

Just leave “yours” alone, right Luis?

ncinca on July 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM

“Is the only immigration bill we’re going to have one that hurts children?” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday.

No, you’re confusing that one with the one the “five white men” just recently overruled.

Drained Brain on July 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM

This mess seems to be bringing the country together as few things ever have.

Only the Lefties refuse to see it.

formwiz on July 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Hate to say it but I will never forgive the azzholes that voted for him the second time.

VegasRick on July 17, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Schadenfreude, pure, were the Rs not so undeserving to win.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Note: Gutierrez quote is from the RCP link above.

ncinca on July 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM

“Is the only immigration bill we’re going to have one that hurts children ?” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

so says the queen of abortion..

hillsoftx on July 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM

There’s already a post on that. Keep up.

faraway on July 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

So what? I cross-post HA links, often. What is your point?

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM

“Is the only immigration bill we’re going to have one that hurts children ?” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

You witch, you are directly responsible for:

Slave-labor
Child abuse, including sexual
Child killing
Child cadavers being mauled by wild animals
Diseases
Child trade
Not following your sworn oath, you biatch

Hell, the hottest layer, is not hot enough for you and all the amnesty shills. Burn, witches and traitors.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM

So what? I cross-post HA links, often. What is your point?

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Pointy stick in rectum?

katy the mean old lady on July 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM

This mess seems to be bringing the country together as few things ever have.

Only the Lefties (in gov’t) refuse to see it.

formwiz on July 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM

The blacks, legal Latinos, middle class, lower class, blue/white labor out of work, and especially the taxpayers are raging about this.

Nov. will be hell for many.

Cantorize all who’re for amnesty, with zero exceptions.

You’re being raped by your masters, for their own stuffed pockets, at the expense of legal Americans’ jobs and lots of suffering.

The US is NOT the illegal dumping ground and welfare for the world’s so-called poor and miserable. The land is dead broke and the gov’t thugs are entirely out of control.

Pitchfork them, politically, with no exceptions, from both sides.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Interesting excerpt from a piece by Jason Riley in the WSJ a couple days ago. Apparently stoopid GWB effectively handled a similar situation in 2005 –

Border Lessons From Bush

….The U.S. faced a similar challenge in the mid-2000s, when border patrol was caught unawares by a surge of Brazilian illegals. The Bush administration determined that word had gotten back to Brazil that people apprehended at the border would be released and able to stay, so the Department of Homeland Security initiated an operation dubbed “Texas Hold ‘Em.”

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff explained the results during a Senate hearing in 2005. “We prioritized the existing space, dedicated bed space and began detaining and removing all of the illegal Brazilians we apprehended,” said Mr. Chertoff. “The word spread surprisingly swiftly; within its first thirty days, the operation had already begun to deter illegal border crossings by Brazilians. In fact, the number of Brazilians apprehended dropped by 50%. After 60 days, the rate of Brazilian illegal immigration through this sector was down 90%, and it is still significantly depressed all across the border. In short, we learned that a concentrated effort of removal can actually discourage illegal entries by non-Mexicans on the southwest border.”

If the Obama administration is serious about fixing the problem instead of using the issue to score political points, it will send the same message to Guatemala that the previous administration sent to Brazil. The sending countries are responding to incentives, so let’s put the right incentives in place.

Syzygy on July 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM

So, immigration policy will be dictated by the “Hispanic caucus.” Every day produces more evidence of the liberals’ successful destruction of our once-great country.

GaltBlvnAtty on July 17, 2014 at 11:22 AM

This border situation will not end the way the D-rats and DIABLOs envision it.

Participate, if you can, and make this go around to all you know.

Save and refresh. It changes quite a bit.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:22 AM

One thing that is crystal clear from this crisis is that the Democrats have no desire to secure the border. They WANT an open border. Consequently, any deal that is based on a promise to secure the border later should be a non-starter. Border security is the first and highest priority of any immigration reform.

Little Napoleon on July 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM

“Is the only immigration bill we’re going to have one that hurts children ?” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

so says the queen of abortion..

hillsoftx on July 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Damn, I heard that slap all the way up in the high country. Good one!

partsnlabor on July 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose Feds Housing Illegal Immigrants In Their State…

Via Rasmussen:

[A]dvocates for the illegal immigrants argue that they are flooding into the country to escape violent situations in their home countries, but just 31% of U.S. voters think they are coming here now for their own safety. Most voters (52%) believe they are coming here for economic reasons. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who last week criticized efforts to deport these illegal immigrants, is now reportedly the latest governor to tell the White House not to house any of them in his state. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters disapprove of housing these illegal immigrants in their state. Only half as many (29%) approve, while 14% are undecided.

Voters are more uncertain, however, when it comes to the $3.7 billion in new spending that President Obama has asked for from Congress to deal with these new illegal immigrants. Twenty-six percent (26%) think Congress should approve the president’s request even if it does not provide for quicker deportation of these illegals, but 40% oppose approval if money for sped-up deportation is not included. One-in-three voters (34%) are not sure.

Resist We Much on July 17, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Most Voters Want to Send Latest Illegal Immigrants Home ASAP

Most voters don’t want any of the young illegal immigrants who’ve recently arrived here housed in their state and say any legislation passed by Congress to deal with the problem should focus on sending them home as soon as possible.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the primary focus of any new immigration legislation passed by Congress should be to send the young illegal immigrants back home as quickly as possible. Just 27% say it should focus instead on making it easier for these illegal immigrants to remain in the United States. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.

Resist We Much on July 17, 2014 at 11:47 AM

The blacks, legal Latinos, middle class, lower class, blue/white labor out of work, and especially the taxpayers are raging about this.

Nov. will be hell for many.

Cantorize all who’re for amnesty, with zero exceptions.

You’re being raped by your masters, for their own stuffed pockets, at the expense of legal Americans’ jobs and lots of suffering.

The US is NOT the illegal dumping ground and welfare for the world’s so-called poor and miserable. The land is dead broke and the gov’t thugs are entirely out of control.

Pitchfork them, politically, with no exceptions, from both sides.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:16 AM

You certainly don’t pull any punches, do you?

I like that. I like that a lot.

Deckard BR on July 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Children at the Border: and the Heartless Republicans who hate them
is the title of Obama’s latest, and greatest, political street-theater production. It will run for three years and its purpose is to “frame” Republicans as heartless so that no Republican can be elected president in ’16.

This story will last for years, every MSM anchor will feature a Democrats calling Republicans “heartless”, then the anchor will smile and nod approvingly. That is Obama’s plan in all its artistic simplicity. Street theater, with controlled reviews, can control public opinion. This obviously hurts some elected Democrats, but those are simply collateral damage to the big plan. Give every local news anchor a daily opportunity to quote somebody calling Republicans “heartless”, then smile and nod.

We now know the central Democrat campaign theme from here to ’16: Heartless Republicans.

ShadrachSmith on July 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

In spite of the dubious nature of this claim, the president has benefited from his effort to cast the present crisis as an outgrowth of the failure of House Republicans to pass a comprehensive immigration reform plan.

Reichstag Fire… Obama lights the fuse. Republicans get the blame.

Red Creek on July 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Democrats, not the GOP, giving Obama headaches over border crisis.

The Democ-rats are starting to realize that the border invasion is starting to get unpopular even among their own constituents but the cowardly GOP would prefer surrendering and sacrificing honor and dignity and even their country rather than being labeled “racists”.

Webster’s Dictionary: Poltroon-an utter coward.
Hence GOP: Grovelling Obnoxious Poltroons of which RINOS are the lowest of the low. Internationally the entire world makes a fool of Obama, but, here, the GOP loses every engagement. That’s because, every time the GOP even raises its voice a little, the Democ-rats use the R Word and the GOP is frozen with fear into puppet-like compliance.

MaiDee on July 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM

“The ebb of migrations into the country came as a growing number of congressional Democrats are opposed to weakening legal protections for young children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America, making it less likely that Congress can agree on a deal to address the crisis before lawmakers leave Washington for a five-week summer recess,” The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe and Juliet Eilperin reported on Thursday.

The WaPo reporters need to read their Funk&Wagnall’s. The word “ebb” means when the tide goes out, and ocean levels go down. Shouldn’t the current increase in migration of children across the border be better described as a “flood”?

Steve Z on July 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

It’s always good to see katy posting about rectums again.

John the Libertarian on July 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM

No whining, dems. Impeach him or watch him burn your party to the ground to satisfy his ego.

CurtZHP on July 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Couldn’t have said it better. The Dems own this one.

HiJack on July 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

But Beltway reporters are still doing their jobs, and those who do their work in the Capitol and the White House

…and for that!…they should NEVER…be forgiven!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Solution: Deport all liberals.

GarandFan on July 17, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Democrats, not the GOP, giving Obama headaches over border crisis

GOP-GROVELLING OBAMA PETS.

At first GOPs appears to be a fierce,snarling wolves but call them “racists” and they instantly morph into obedient, tail-wagging lap dogs who will obey your every command.

“McCain fetch my slippers”.
“Boehner get the paper.”
“Rubio sit up and be.”

Arf. Arf.

MaiDee on July 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Democrats, not the GOP, giving Obama headaches over border crisis

GOP-GROVELLING OBAMA PETS.

At first GOPs appears to be a fierce,snarling wolves but call them “racists” and they instantly morph into obedient, tail-wagging lap dogs who will obey your every command.

“McCain fetch my slippers”.
“Boehner get the paper.”
“Rubio sit up and beg.”

Arf. Arf.

MaiDee on July 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

The catholic abortionist apparently thinks they become children the second they exit the womb. Abort them before birth, protect them after.

These people are evil.

DWoDiego on July 17, 2014 at 1:08 PM

So, how long have we been told by the likes of Rove and the rest of the GOPe about how they have to do amnesty for the “good of the party”. Yet now, we know beyond any doubt at all that entire premise is 180 degrees false.

Why is the GOP “leadership” listening to and trying to act on the “advice” of leftist DimocRats?

Meople on July 17, 2014 at 1:16 PM

The presidents actions on this matter make him a menace to public health and general welfare. Does anybody not proclaim this??

jake49 on July 17, 2014 at 1:28 PM

But Beltway reporters are still doing their jobs, and those who do their work in the Capitol and the White House rather than the television studio know that the president is more vexed by the members of his own party rather than Republicans.

What a touching display of political ignorance. Vexed? He’s completely in synch with them. If he could wave his magic want today, he would grant amnesty to every denizen south of the Rio Grande.

Pelosi and Reid have to double down on amnesty and open borders because they have a mid-term coming up, and can only hold on if the base comes out in force. Obama is a lame duck, so he can expedite a couple of deportations to make it look like he’s caving to Republican pressure to get tough on the border. Once that happens, the likes of Paul Ryan and McCain will join Harry Reid in pronouncing the border secure, and they will pass a comprehensive immigration bill.

This couldn’t be more obvious if Joe Biden spelled it out in an interview with Soledad O’Brien on Al Jazeera.

Joseph K on July 17, 2014 at 1:30 PM

The media’s instinct to somehow cast congressional Republicans as key figures in the current crisis culminated on Tuesday in the release of a Washington Post/ABC News poll which inexplicably asked voters for their opinions on how the Republicans in Congress were handling the border crisis. Republicans, powerless as they are to do anything about an acute crisis and who have suffered in the polls against the president since his election in 2008, unsurprisingly received lower marks from the public than did the president. With that, the blame for the present situation and the onus to address it shifted perceptibly away from the president.

The nation can survive Obama, but not the fools who lick his boots 24/7/365. Liberals have successfully dumbed down the country enough so that basic thinking is not possible. We’re so screwed.

307wolverine on July 17, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Deport them all. Every. Single. One.

azpatriotsdotcom on July 17, 2014 at 6:29 PM