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'Pity' Leads Texas Rancher to Set Up Water Station at Border
Looks like Hillary Clinton might be sounding a little nativist herself, too...

Quote:SAN DIEGO – We already knew the immigration issue was a tough one for Republicans. They have a hard time opposing legal status for the undocumented without sounding anti-Hispanic. They insist their leaders take loyalty oaths to oppose an "amnesty," alienating them from the mainstream. They have to balance supporting a business community that wants more immigration with coddling a nativist wing that wants less.

Yet, recent events along the U.S.-Mexico border show that immigration also trips up Democrats. Consider the trouble it's causing Hillary Clinton. As the presumptive 2016 presidential candidate learned recently, navigating these choppy waters is not child's play.

In the last nine months, about 47,000 unaccompanied children and teenagers have come across the border. According to U.S. immigration officials, they're arriving at the rate of 1,000 per day. About three-fourths are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Most got through Mexico by stowing away on top of freight trains that go north. Some of them didn't survive the trip.

Many Americans think that the border kids are being pushed north by their parents. But many of the children are being "pulled" by parents who already live here. They were sent by grandparents, aunts, uncles. Here in the United States, families are being reunited.

Yet Clinton glibly said during a recent CNN town hall that these young people "should be sent back" because "we have to send a clear message: Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn't mean the child gets to stay."

So does this mean we're going to enter these homes where families have been reunited, and rip the child out of the arms of his parents?

U.S. Latinos got the message. Clinton – who started her career with the Children's Defense Fund and who likes to think of herself as a lifelong advocate for children – won't defend or advocate for these children.

With her tough-sounding "send them back" mantra, Clinton forgot the same thing that so many Republicans often forget: Any solution to the immigration problem that fits neatly on a bumper sticker is not a good approach.

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