OUR OPINION: Cramers Right To Be Wary Of Immigration Plan

Donald Trump has ridden the issue of immigration to the top of the Republican presidential field.

And if there’s one word that captures The Donald’s approach—a word that summarizes his ideas about America’s border—it is this: control.

The country has lost control of immigration; and under a Trump administration, that control would be forcefully reacquired, Trump maintains. Up to and including mass deportations of immigrants who are in the country illegally.

That’s the context within which to consider the news that Grand Forks Air Force Base could host unaccompanied minors from Mexico and Central America.

As the Trump phenomenon suggests and as polls confirm, mistrust of the Obama administration’s immigration policy is widespread. So, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., has a point when he questions the administration’s motives in studying whether to house the minors at the base.

Is the proposal an honest effort to house the youngsters safely while processing their cases under the law? Or is it the administration’s way of boosting the youngsters’ odds of staying in the United States, even though most of the young immigrants had entered this country illegally?

“Cramer added that moving children farther from the border is ‘problematic’ because ‘it makes deportation that much more difficult,'” the Herald reported last week.

“‘And the first priority of the program should be to reunite these children with their parents back in Central America or Mexico,’ Cramer said. ‘So I don’t think going to Grand Forks is the right direction.'”

Most valley residents would agree with those statements, we think. The North Dakota congressional delegation—to the extent that they can—should monitor the project if it comes to pass, and make sure the administration lives up to the letter of the law.

By Tom Dennis for Grand Forks Herald
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