Since President Donald Trump declared an emergency over the crisis at the Southern border, Democrats have called this manufactured and phony. They point to all sorts of things such as the number of illegal crossings and the relative amount of illegal drugs flowing through the border to say there is not a crisis. But I couldn’t help but think that the term is rather selectively used.
In reading the Las Vegas Journal Review I noticed that trend in two stories on consecutive pages. The first article on the front page is titled, “Dems pass rebuke of emergency.” Written by Gary Martin, the first paragraph describes how they seek to rescind his national emergency and how Democrats called the emergency a “false premise.”
On the next page (literally) I read an article called, “House committee issues subpoenas.” The issue revolves around the behavior of Trump administration officials over family separations at the southern border. The juicy quote comes in the third paragraph when they quote somebody that is driving the news story. Elisha Cummings said, “I believe this is a true national emergency.”
What you have is literally back-to-back news stories where Democrats vote to deny Trump calling the border situation an emergency. But in the same day and on the next page they talk to reporters, take one issue from the border, unaccompanied minors, and call it an emergency.
The key difference, of course, is that even though the child separation policy was started by President Obama, and a crisis before Trump became president, it is a convenient moral club with which to beat Trump and call Republicans racist. Yet the overall crime, lawlessness, human trafficking, and illegal immigration seems less important. So politicians will continue to play games on the border crisis and use words rather selectively for their own partisan gain.