The new NBC poll has an interesting question on the border crisis, the gist of which is, should we protect these unaccompanied minors or would that just be too expensive:
So by 51-43 respondents think we can't afford to take this problem on. Hmm. That might explain the White House about-face on accelerated deportations. From the Times:
After declaring the surge of Central American migrants crossing the border a humanitarian crisis, the Obama administration has shifted sharply to a strategy of deterrence, moving families to isolated facilities and placing them on a fast track for deportation to send a blunt message back home that those caught entering illegally will not be permitted to stay.
It is interesting to watch the Times stagger home to reality on the question of whether Administration policy helped fuel this crisis:
Until recently, most families were released to remain in the United States while their deportation cases moved slowly through the courts. But that policy fueled rumors reaching Central America that if parents arrived with young children, they would be given permits to stay. To stop such talk, officials said, they are moving swiftly to expand family detention.
Times reporters grasped this quite a while back, as did other media outlets; Times editors have been dead-enders, clinging to the original Team Obama talking point that it was all about the violence in Central America even after the Administration had abandoned it.