What sense does it make to send aliens to places where authorities won’t help track them down?
Immigration was Donald Trump’s signature issue in 2016, yet the situation on the southern border has worsened on his watch. In February, illegal border crossings reached their highest level in a decade and show no signs of slowing. The White House blames Democrats, but that argument only gets you so far.
Yes, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are more interested in thwarting the president than in fixing our immigration system. But for most of Mr. Trump’s presidency, Republican majorities controlled Congress. The president’s finger-pointing has grown tiresome, and if he can’t get a handle on the border, he’ll have a hard time explaining to voters next year why he should be re-elected after failing to deliver on his biggest campaign promise.
No one doubts Mr. Trump’s commitment to border security. He has shut down the government, declared a national emergency, and issued stern warnings to the home countries of Central American migrants. He has separated families and threatened to close the border with Mexico. The White House is currently in the process of overhauling the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security. The next head of DHS will be its third in as many years.