I was saddened to read about the deaths by drowning of Oscar Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria as they attempted to gain illegal entry into the USA. The tragedy shows very clearly the need to prevent such illegal crossings, and thereby avoid more such tragedies in future.
However, the forces opposed to law and order lost no time in obfuscating the issue. In particular, Senator Schumer (D - NY) put on his usual display of nauseating hypocrisy and misleading half-truths.
"How could president Trump look at this picture and not understand these are human beings, fleeing violence and persecution, willing to risk a perilous - sometimes fatal - journey in search of a better life," he said.
Senator Schumer left out three critical words. He failed to add "at our expense" to his sentence.
That's about the size of it. Mr. Ramirez was not forced to emigrate due to circumstances beyond his control. As far as we know, he was an economic migrant, seeking a better life, not trying to escape "violence or persecution". In other words, he expected the USA to give him what he wanted, whether or not he qualified for it under US law and regulations. What's more, he expected the US government to allow him to get it.
Sorry, Senator Schumer. I'm not buying your crocodile tears. America does not owe everyone a living, or the opportunity to earn a living. That's reserved for those who are legally here. It's terribly sad - particularly for young Valeria - that some people die while trying to obtain that illegally . . . but that's not the USA's fault, nor is it President Trump's fault. It's their fault.