Reuters posted an article called “Frustrated U.S. lawmakers urge tough action on child migration” which caused me several WTF moments. By the end of it, I had a different adjective in mind besides “frustrated.” Here are some low-lights:
1. Michigan Republican Representative Candice Miller suggested cutting off aid and repealing free trade agreements with Mexico and the Central American countries involved. “We need to whack them, our neighbors, to understand that they are just not going to keep taking our money and we are just going to be sitting here like this – we’re not the ATM machine,” she said.
Whack? really? is that the word you wanted to use Candice?
2. Alabama Republican Mike Rogers scoffed after Johnson said he had discussed the issue with Guatemalan authorities. “I think what you need to do is ask the Guatemalan government where they want these kids dropped off when the buses bring them back down there,” Rogers said.
It’s sad when the Homeland Security Secretary is the big softie in the room. Jeh Johnson (not a typo!) argued:
“We are talking about large numbers of children, without their parents, who have arrived at our border – hungry, thirsty, exhausted, scared and vulnerable. How we treat the children, in particular, is a reflection of our laws and our values.”