When Gov. Pat McCrory speaks, it’s frequently hard to discern whether he’s being disingenuous for political reasons or truly believes what he says but is surprisingly uninformed of reality.
Such is the case with the governor’s latest foray into immigration. McCrory on Tuesday and again on Wednesday sounded the alarm about 1,200 unaccompanied immigrant children who have trickled into North Carolina. McCrory wants these kids’ deportation hearings held, and quickly. He says he is concerned for their safety in North Carolina, worried that the children may be getting placed into environments with drugs, prostitutes or abuse because of a lack of background checks on their guardians.
“We do not know where the over-1,100 children are right now and what the status of their legal guardians are and whether or not these children are protected, and that’s what I care about – the protection of these children,” McCrory said at a press conference Wednesday. “We have to get them with guardians we know are safe themselves.” On Tuesday, he had added that the state doesn’t know if the children lack immunizations and pose health risks to North Carolinians.
Oy, where to start? Perhaps with these four points:are
We agree with Gov. McCrory that America’s immigration system is broken. But until the fractured Congress tackles that, North Carolina should be caring for these children instead of inventing phony reasons to rid ourselves of them.