Pesky Immigration Facts

Ryan Hite, Jordan Henry, John and Andy Schlafly
08-24-2018

Time magazine added to the “dog-pile on the President” media blitz in June with their ridiculous cover image of President Trump standing stubbornly over a little girl detained at our border. Yanela Hernandez [PHONETIC] was supposed to become the poster child for family separation.

But facts are plainly sinking the left’s anti-Trump script. The girl was actually separated from her father -- not by Trump -- but by her own mother, who took the child on a dangerous 3-week, 1,600-mile journey from Honduras without telling her husband.

Nearly 20 years ago, a 5-year-old Cuban boy named Elián González was brought by his mother on a dangerous journey to Florida. Elián was placed with relatives in the United States after his mother drowned, but, as demanded by liberals, President Clinton ordered him seized him at gunpoint and returned to communist Cuba.

Illegal immigration separates families, not the Trump administration. Yanela Hernandez wouldn’t have been taken away from her family in Honduras if we had sensible border control. Her father, Denis Hernandez, condemned the mother, telling a reporter for the Daily Mail, “It was irresponsible of her to take the baby with her, because we don’t know what could happen.”

“I thank God I have a good job here,” Mr. Hernandez said from his home in Puerto Cortes [PWAERTO CORTEZ], Honduras, which is safe enough to be a tourist destination. “I would never risk my life making that journey.”

This case perfectly illustrates someone who should be sent back immediately without a judicial hearing. The Hernandez family has no basis for claiming asylum or refugee status. Of course, when Trump suggested that solution, the New York Times declared it escalating his “attacks on the judicial system.”

This criticism of Trump is fairly ironic in light of the Supreme Court ruling in his favor on the so-called travel ban. Far from attacking the judicial system, Trump fully complied with all its procedures and prevailed as the Court upheld his executive action. Let’s hope lower federal courts take a cue from the Supreme Court in deferring to presidential authority in these matters.

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