Both Democrats and most news media are yelling as often as they can that there is no border “crisis,” even though they spent the last year telling everyone there was and even though they had no problem explicitly calling it a “crisis” in 2014, when the situation was the exact same as it is now.
“We now have an actual humanitarian crisis on the borer that only underscores the need to drop the politics and fix our immigration system once and for all,” then-President Barack Obama said in the Rose Garden in 2014. “In recent weeks we’ve seen a surge of unaccompanied children arrive at the border, brought here and to other countries by smugglers and traffickers.”
This is no different than what President Trump said from the Oval Office on Tuesday.
“Last month, 20,000 migrant children were illegally brought into the United States — a dramatic increase,” he said. “These children are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs.”
The only difference is how the media are covering it.
The Washington Post on July 12, 2014, referred to “the current crisis on the Southwest border, where authorities have apprehended tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children since October …” The story’s lead author was Karen Tumulty, now a columnist for the Post, who completely dismissed the idea of any crisis at the border this week.
“We are headed to this extraordinary situation where the president declares a state of emergency, which does not exist, and the law does not really explain what we do if the president manufactures an emergency,” she said Tuesday on MSNBC.
On June 5, 2014, a New York Times article began, “This is what it looks like when an immigration system is overwhelmed by tens of thousands of women and children from Central America.” It further noted that, “The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been ordered to coordinate efforts to contain the crisis.”
The Times editorial board this week, however, said that the crisis is actually “in the Oval Office.”
The border crisis didn’t change between 2014 and now. The only thing that changed was who’s in the White House and how the media are reporting on it.