Sometimes it’s hard to connect the dots and to spot the glaring contradictions in public comments by elected officials. New member Irv Lefberg noticed how dramatically different were the responses of two elected officials as they addressed the controversy over migrant children attempting to enter the U.S. Would it surprise you to know that one is a Republican, and the other a Democrat (though representing a pretty conservative area)?
Mayor of Escondido, Sam Abed: “Our goal is say, ‘President Obama, you created this. You did not secure our borders. And you have so many kids there. And you want to put in local communities.’ I don’t think it’s fair for our communities.” — KUSI News, June 27.
“We don’t want it in Escondido. I think it is a federal issue. President Obama and the Obama administration has failed to resolve the immigration issue and created an environment that put the children at risk.” — UT San Diego, July 13.
Dallas, Texas, County Executive, Judge Clay Jenkins: “I support increased security at the border, but increased security at the border doesn’t take care of the security of the children that are here now. Dallas County will partner directly with the federal government. We will identify facilities and we will work to open those facilities to them… so that we can provide compassionate care and complete wrap services, that’s education, medicine, psychological, etc. to the children who are scared and alone on our border.” — NBC Channel 5, NBCDFW.com, July 2014.