Friday, September 26, 2014

More Kids Are Coming

Gary L. Bauer


The Weekly Standard reports that the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector has put out a bid for 40,000 emergency Mylar blankets. Those are the shiny, tin-foil-looking blankets that are very good at trapping heat.

It seems the Border Patrol is in a bit of a hurry. The bid is only open for three days and the winner must produce the first 20,000 blankets in 30 days. What's the rush? More unaccompanied minors from Central America are headed for the border. Evidently, 40,000 of them.

Don't believe the spin that the crisis on the border is over because the flow of children is down. Nothing meaningful has been done to secure the border. The drop in border crossings is temporary and it's largely due to the weather.

It is too risky to cross the desert in the hot summer months. As soon as the weather turns cooler, the rush is on. Border Patrol officials know this, and that is why the emergency request for blankets was issued.

But do not lose sight of the big picture -- and it's not about the kids. The real crisis is the fact that our border is so insecure that tens of thousands of people can cross it. We're lucky that the vast majority are just kids. But it is utterly foolish -- especially in this current global environment -- to trust our national security to mere luck!

Border security IS national security.