The media’s frenzied double standard against Trump doesn’t help anyone.
(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
By: Candice Malcolm
There is a media frenzy unfolding south of the border over the issue of separating migrant families who illegally cross into the U.S. from Mexico.
Despite the hysteria coming from both American and Canadian mainstream media outlets, the policy was not an initiative of the Trump administration.
The U.S. has a long-standing policy of arresting and detaining migrants who cross illegally into their country. Those who enter illegally are detained and held until their asylum case can be heard in front of an immigration judge.
This is exactly what Canada did in 2010 and 2012 when large ships carrying Sri Lankan migrants arrived unannounced off the B.C. coast.
There was similar panic among the left in Canada.
But, as it turns out, the ships were carrying a number of wanted terrorists and war criminals. Had Canada simply released these migrants and asked them to return for their asylum court date, the criminals and gangsters may have chosen to disappear and go on the lam.
When large groups of migrants arrive at once, in an effort clearly co-ordinated by human smugglers, countries must take precautions.
As a counter example, during the migrant crisis that exploded throughout Europe in 2014 and 2015, immigration security was ignored and sacrificed. Islamic State militants took advantage of Western naivety and infiltrated the flow of migrants with their own agents.
They even boasted about it in interviews with Western media.
There are now an estimated 5,000 ISIS fighters in Europe, with a larger network of extremist supporters and sympathizers. They have operational cells in every major European city, and they weren’t shy to wage their war on unsuspecting European civilians.
A cell of ISIS terrorists, men who were trained in Syria and travelled to France amidst the flow of refugees, carried out the deadly attacks in Paris in November 2015 that killed 130 innocent people.
In the U.S., there are fears that MS-13 gang members will similarly manipulate the American immigration system and sneak in amongst the asylum seekers. As such, Trump announced a “zero-tolerance” policy and sent more border agents to arrest those crossing illegally.
As far as the policy of separating children from their parents, it predates Trump by about 20 years.
In 1997, under President Bill Clinton, the U.S. government agreed not to keep unaccompanied children who had entered the U.S. illegally in custody for more than 20 days. According to Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire, an appeals court later ruled that the 20-day law would also apply to children who cross with their parents.
So, while parents are waiting for their case to be heard in front of an immigration judge, their children get moved to something like a boarding school.
The U.S. media toured one of these facilities over the weekend, which led to a total meltdown and hyperbolic accusations that Trump is a fascist, that America has become Nazi Germany, and, the NDP’s favourite talking point, that the U.S. is no longer a safe country.
Brandon Darby, a reporter with Breitbart Texas, meanwhile, posted 39 photos of children being held in far worse conditions under the Obama administration.
Funny how there was no hysterical media backlash back then.
Facts matter, and the media’s frenzied double standard against Trump doesn’t help anyone.
Finally, on Wednesday, Trump issued an executive order to nullify the 1997 law and allow families to stay together. So much for the media narrative.