Byron York: How Bad Does Border Have to be for Democrats to Admit It’s an Emergency?


Byron York, writing for the Washington Examiner asks if there is a magic number at which Democrats would call the border an emergency. The answer is simply no. Their idea is that for them to become a dominant party again, they need to dilute the number of Americans in this country.

At the same time, they pry the borders open to let in an unlimited number of aliens, they take turns running down this country and describe it as pure evil. The Border Patrol and the Immigrant Courts are beyond bursting at the seams and it will only get worse with the coming of a caravan with 20,000 people in it.

From The Washington Examiner

Is there any number of illegal border crossings into the United States that would strike Democrats as an emergency?

As they resisted President Trump’s efforts to stem the flow of illegal migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border, many Democrats made the point that fewer migrants are coming today than years ago, during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush presidencies. The implication was that today’s situation cannot be an emergency, because it used to be worse.

That doesn’t make sense, of course. One could argue that crossings were an unaddressed emergency back then, and that today’s figures, although lower, also qualify as an emergency.

But now, the border numbers are surging back to the bad old days. It appears that Customs and Border Protection apprehended more than 100,000 people in March (the precise figure has not yet been released), a pace that could mean more than 1,000,000 apprehensions this year.

And the numbers do not tell the whole story. In the Clinton-Bush years, the overwhelming number of illegal crossers were single, adult men trying to avoid detection as they sneaked across the border. When caught, they were quickly returned. So when 1.2 million were caught crossing, that did not mean that 1.2 million stayed in the United States.