The current “humanitarian crisis” on our southern border is just one more symptom of a glaring flaw in our political system. That is, that 1) we have endless politicians who promise to “go to Washington and solve problems," and 2) we believe them, despite their proven inability (and some would say lack of Constitutional authority) to do so. Let us take this immigration problem as our example, and see what real problem-solving looks like.
First of all, the situation arises because Congress previously solved the “problem” of sex trafficking of minors and, in so doing, created the current mess. Therefore the first step is to immediately amend or repeal that flawed law. Then we immediately need to “shut the door” to keep the problem from getting worse. We should order the National Guard to the border to reinforce the Border Patrol until “the fence” can be built, and Congress should authorize any environmental waivers required to make that happen ASAP. Finally, but still immediately, we need to do something with the crush of those recently arrived. We should temporarily assign enough of the hundreds of current immigration judges we already have, and with expedited proceedings could clear this backlog in about three weeks. This might involve 15-20 flights a day to return these “kids” to their home country and their home. I would make sure they had medical treatment and food for the return trip, and I would even consider an up to $10,000 “repatriation fund” to be paid to the government of the home country on condition that they stop sending these kids, and that some of the money goes to the parents to pay off the coyotes they hired. The last piece is getting our existing ICE agents to fan out and find those that have already been dispersed into our communities. If they have in fact been reunited with their parents but their parents are illegal, then the whole family gets a day in court. If they have not been reunited with their parents, then we must deport them back to their parents (remember Elian Gonzalez).
Now the point here is that I came up with this complete, common-sense solution in about 30 minutes. Those with more knowledge and dedication might take all day. But our highly-paid problem-solvers in Congress have already been at it for weeks! If they cannot solve such a simple problem themselves, they ought to at least recognize the simple solution when it is presented to them. It is starting to look like the biggest problem we have to solve is Congress itself.