Lovers of liberty often point out that government action can have unintended consequences — even when the goal sounds good. To many, the idea of not deporting children who are here through no fault of their own sounds good. So Obama decides he can do it on his own, by simply declaring he won’t deport kids. The unintended consequence? A flood of illegal children at the border:
Megyn Kelly says in this clip that 6500 such children came across the border last year — and estimates are that there will be 90,000 to 150,000 children coming across the border this year. This issue is coming to the forefront because pictures of the children are being leaked — and the administration’s response is to
fix the problem ban cell phones so that no more pictures are taken.
Obama blames this on violence caused by drug cartels. But drug cartel violence is just what the children are told to blame so that they will get asylum. Most of these children are coming from Central America. They’re coming a long way simply to escape cartel violence — and the magnet drawing them is obvious: Obama’s announcement that he will not be deporting kids any more (together with the fact that many of the kids have relatives here, and are hoping to leverage that immigration law loophole into permission to stay).
This kind of unintended consequence is not the type of thing politicians care about. They blame clearly unrelated factors and refuse to draw the obvious conclusions.
You know what provides politicians with clarity? Losing elections.
With Eric Cantor’s shocking defeat — the first primary defeat of a House Majority Leader in history — politicians will, all of a sudden, start connecting dots that they were unable to connect before. You know those politicians who can’t seem to process a connection between a policy of not deporting kids and a flood of illegal kids? They’ll be able to process the connection between the flood of illegal kids and Cantor’s loss.
And those politicians who don’t care about the unintended consequences of kids dropped on street corners in Phoenix, or waves of undocumented kids in Arizona school? There’s one unintended consequence they do care about: the unintended consequence of losing an election that everyone knew — knew! — could not be lost.
If there’s one thing that gets a politician’s attention, it’s the possibility of losing office. That’s the importance of kicking out Cantor. A complacent politician suddenly becomes less complacent when he sees a colleague get his ass unexpectedly handed to him by the voting populace.