“This is a humanitarian crisis.”
We are considering “alternatives for detention.”
“We’ve identified this as a humanitarian situation.”
“Money is needed to “get to the root causes of violence and instability.”
“The request [for $3.7 billion] indicates our seriousness on this issue.”
We are pursing a “all of government” approach.”
“Our concern is protecting the children.”
As has been widely reported, less than 90 hours over 4th of July weekend 82 people were shot — 14 to death in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel took three questions yesterday and answered all of them in talking points. Whether the Mayor has requested assistance from the Governor of Illinois or the federal government is unknown.
President Obama has been fond of saying that certain issues in African American communities “can’t be solved by the government.” The phrase, which is also a Tea Party talking point, is becoming the answer du jour of younger Black electeds.
My Brother’s Keeper is “not some big new government program” President Obama told onlookers in the East Room in February.
Yet when it comes to immigration policy none of this language is heard.Suddenly the government, along with a $3.7 billion “emergency supplemental” is the answer. But it’s interesting to note that the phrase, “it can’t be solved by the government” is never applied to any policy around immigration. President Obama isn’t telling central American leaders Salvador Cerén and Otto Molina to get their acts together so their citizens won’t keep leaving en masse.The immigrants crossing the border are fleeing violence and are in need of assistance, resources, legal counsel — and there is a push for funding. Meanwhile in Chicago we see and ongoing summer after to summer epidemic of violence. But no declarations of emergency.