I recently went to the border and what I found was both remarkable and disheartening. Remarkable in that I was able to see firsthand the care and compassion demonstrated by our Border Patrol and Customs officers—the task is enormous. And disheartening because these truths are not being adequately told to the American people and, instead, are being twisted for political gain.
In a December 18 letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Tennessee’s Republican Gov. Bill Lee thanked the Trump Administration for a Sept. 26 executive order that would require consent from state governors before forcing a federal refugee settlement program on the state.
In recent years, both political parties have shifted talking points on immigration and now effectively hold positions dictated by their most extreme members. Any hope for a legislative solution seems impossible. Rulings by various federal courts against the White House only have entrenched the stalemate.