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Pro-Lifers Act as Congress Gripes, Stagnates

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., gets in an SUV after touring the inside of the Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, Mon. July 1, 2019. (Cedar Attanasio/AP)

Michael Dorstewitz By Wednesday, 03 July 2019 12:11 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Pro-life activists have been trying to ease the escalating border crisis for months, while Congress has largely ignored it. Maybe it’s time for them to switch roles.

After visiting U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities this week, Democratic lawmakers are finally screaming that there’s a crisis at the border.

Republicans have been saying this for nearly a year with no effect.

While Congress bickered for months about approving funds to ease the overcrowding, pro-life groups, led in part by Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director-turned pro-life activist, were actually doing something about it.

"I encourage us as a movement to not just be against abortion. Let’s be a movement that is for more than we are against," Johnson said in a Facebook post. "Let’s be a movement that reaches out to those who need our physical and emotional assistance . . . whether those people are walking into an abortion clinic, at the border, or are homeless."

Johnson was the subject of the major motion picture "Unplanned."

In less than a week they raised nearly $50,000 in cash and supplies through a campaign called "Bottles to the Border."

The effort began as a collaboration of Johnson’s pro-life ministry for former abortion workers called And Then There Were None (ATTWN), along with New Wave Feminists (NWF), another pro-life group.

The campaign has since mushroomed to 50 pro-life organizations, and will continue to run through July 13. It’s now directed by NWF founder Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa.

"Here I felt like we did so much," she told Blaze Media in a telephone interview, "but these supplies will be gone in a week because there's just so much need down there."

However, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who’s squawking the loudest, wasn’t concerned enough about the crisis to even vote for a bipartisan $4.6 billion humanitarian border funding bill last week.

She and other Democratic lawmakers began by claiming the border crisis was imaginary. Then it became a manufactured crisis, which morphed into "caged children," followed by concentration camps, death camps, and finally today, women drinking out of toilets.

She made that last accusation without actually having toured the facilities. Although invited, she declined. Maybe there weren’t any TV cameras inside.

However, a group of Hispanic pastors, led by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who has advised Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and George W. Bush on immigration reform, viewed the facilities on the heels of the Democrats.

"I read the reports, saw the news clips. I just wanted to see what was actually happening in order to better enable our efforts to find a fair and a just solution to our broken immigration system," Rodriguez told Fox News. "To my surprise, I saw something drastically different from the stories I’ve been hearing in our national discourse. Even as a veteran of immigration advocacy in the U.S., I was shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border."

Brandon Darby, director of Breitbart’s Border and Cartel Chronicles, tweeted a thread of photos depicting overcrowded conditions at migrant detention facilities matching descriptions from lawmakers like Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. But they were all from 2014.

"Why weren’t they mad then?"  Darby asked. "Strange."

If lawmakers like Castro and Ocasio-Cortez truly want to ease the overcrowding, they can begin by changing the laws that attract the migrants — especially asylum laws.

Anyone seeking asylum today has to do so in the United States.

Congress could provide that asylum-seekers apply at a U.S. embassy or consulate in their country of origin, or the first country the enter after leaving their own.

Federal law also favors asylum-seekers with children.

Although it may make sense from a humanitarian standpoint, it also results in the sale, renting, and kidnapping of children, putting them in unnecessary risk.

Also, migrants who refuse to enter the country through legal ports of entry should summarily be sent back.

But Democrats would rather complain and cry foul than actually do something constructive.

Pro-lifers are occasionally challenged on social media with questions like, "What do you do to help the disadvantaged?"

Such questions are asked with expectations that they’ll be met with silence.

That happened in May, and the question prompted 13,000 replies.

And the call of the border emergency was similarly answered by pro-lifers — without being asked and while lawmakers squabbled.

Congress should learn from activists.

Back in the day, people like Ocasio-Cortez were referred to as "all show, no go," that is, having lots of bluster but with nothing to back it up. People like Johnson and Herndon-De La Rosa tackle the problem without the noisemaking.

Congress could use more of the latter.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.

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While Congress bickered for months about approving funds to ease detentions overcrowding, pro-life groups, led in part by Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director-turned pro-life activist, were actually doing something about it.
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Wednesday, 03 July 2019 12:11 PM
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