Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., rose to new heights of outrage Thursday, accusing America of committing “atrocities” on the southern border after yet another migrant child died in U.S. custody.
Omar shared the story of a 10-year-old girl with a history of congenital heart defects who made the dangerous journey from El Salvador to the United States. A spokesman for the Department of Health and Human services said the girl arrived in a “medically fragile” state and died in U.S. custody after complications from surgery.
Omar blamed America for her death and the deaths of other migrant children in U.S. custody.
How many more children must die before we address the atrocities our country is committing at our southern border? https://t.co/0W5TQ6Of8V
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 23, 2019
This narrative of blaming America first for the border crisis is a popular line of attack on the Trump administration from the Left. Another House Democrat, Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., recently accused the administration of intentionally killing migrant children, saying during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing that these deaths were “more than a question of resources.”
“Congress has been more than willing to provide resources and to work with you to address the security and humanitarian concerns,” Underwood said. “But at this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families, I feel like, and the evidence is really clear, that this is intentional. It’s intentional. It’s a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, and it’s cruel and inhumane.”
After Underwood’s comments were criticized by Republicans, she was backed up by yet another leftist, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who went even further and accused the United States of trafficking children.
Yesterday, GOP moved to silence Lauren Underwood’s words bc she had the audacity to say the obvious: that stealing children away from their parents, trafficking, & caging them w/o end is intended to do harm.
They tried to silence her; make her back down.
Be proud 👏🏽 https://t.co/3KRRCxGPap
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 23, 2019
The rhetoric coming from these Democrats is divorced from any semblance of fact or reality. Just a few months ago, when President Trump asked Congress to secure the border and prevent tragedies like this, Democrats and their media allies were denying that any sort of crisis existed at all. House Democrats have repeatedly refused to give the Trump administration the funding necessary to secure the border and process the unprecedented flow of migrants attracted to the U.S. by weak border laws and the promise of amnesty. Now the Left is opportunistically using the deaths of children to attack Trump for not doing enough to solve a crisis Congress refuses to address.
The accusation that the United States government is committing “atrocities” like human trafficking is outrageous on its face. If you bother to read the story Omar shared, you’ll find that the poor child was given medical care in the United States that she was otherwise unable to obtain traveling across Central America. The reality is that the American government tried to save that girl’s life. It’s the transnational cartels that are trafficking human beings and importing drugs and horrific acts of violence into the United States, harming both migrants and Americans.
President Trump is trying to save migrant lives and American lives by securing the border, and Democrats are wasting time in Congress investigating bogus obstruction of justice claims and ignoring real issues. Americans ought to turn the question on Omar and the other Democrats. How many migrant children must die before the Democratic majority appropriates funds that Border Patrol, DHS, and President Trump say they need to secure the border? How many Americans must die at the hands of illegal immigrant criminals before Democrats address our border crisis?
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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