Posted by | July 7, 2014 23:15 | Filed under: Contributors Opinion Politics Tommy Christopher Top Stories

Under intense pressure from the mainstream media and conservatives, the Obama administration refused to put a thumb on the scale against the unaccompanied minors who have flooded across the border, until they did. One of the big pieces of “news” to come out of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s Meet the Press interview was his alleged evasiveness over whether most of the children being screamed at by racists will be sent packing.

In an absurd exchange with David Gregory, Johnson patiently explained that the law requires children from Central America to be given their day in immigration court, and the administration is looking for ways to expedite that process, to which Gregory responded, “Well, I’m sorry, I have to– I mean it sounds like a very careful response.”

Yes, what kind of person would want to give a careful response to a question about legal proceedings affecting the lives and safety of tens of thousands of children?

Gregory then decided to demand that Secretary Johnson become either Miss Clio or King of the Immigration Judges, or both:

Are they going to be deported or not? I mean this is the bottom line. I know there’s a process they have to go through. Will most of these children that we have seen in this desperate situation stay in America or will they be returned to their homes in Central America?”

The nuance in Jeh Johnson’s response isn’t that difficult to grasp. “There is a deportation proceeding pending against everyone who comes into this country illegally and is apprehended at the border” means we will try to deport all of them, but theoretically, the goal is to only deport those whom judges decide ought to be, and not those who have legitimate claims of asylum. It would be improper for Johnson to prejudge those proceedings, and perhaps even influence those judges with the sort of declaration Gregory was looking for.

Of course, the headline here was “Johnson Evasive,” or more pointedly, “Gregory Presses Johnson” (which, incidentally, is against several planks in the Republican Party platform), but on Monday morning’s The Daily Rundown, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, whose keen interest and expertise in immigration extend back to his Miami roots, did an excellent job of explaining it, until he didn’t…READ MORE

By: Tommy Christopher

Tommy Christopher is The Daily Banter's White House Correspondent and Political Analyst. He's been a political reporter and liberal commentator since 2007, and has covered the White House since the beginning of the Obama administration, first for PoliticsDaily, and then for Mediaite. Christopher is a frequent guest on a variety of television, radio, and online programs, and was the villain in the documentaries The Audacity of Democracy and Hating Breitbart. He's also That Guy Who Live-Tweeted His Own Heart Attack, and the only person to have ever received public apologies from both Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

  • At 5 years old and broke with a playmate I sneaked off to the store 2 blocks away for some Frito’s. In the checkout line I bummed a nickel for the Frito machine from the astonished cashier. They were so great! I repeated the process until the store looked up my family origins and “deported” me back to my parents home world.

  • William

    But …but…Rush and the good people over at the fair and balanced network say that these people are being bought into the country on purpose to be registered as democratic voters.

    • Tommy6860

      So true, life seems to be the most meaningful before it enters the world to these RWNJs. Heartless bastards, all!

      • John Tarter

        Put your money where your mouth is. How many little Guatamalens have YOU taken into YOUR home this week? Surely you can fit 4 or 5 into that big home of yours. Hypocrites – every last one of you!

        • How much have you contributed to make their home lives better, have you voted in such a manner that aid will be provided to these families so they don’t have to search elsewhere to live.

          • William

            Wayout is angry when people flood over the border, then he’s angry when they get deported. In other words, Wayout doesn’t actually have a point, argument or contribution. He will hate the president no matter what.

            • Oh. Too little coffee this morning. Thank you.

  • Tommy6860

    All I can say is :'(

  • John Tarter

    Come on, does anyone really believe the lies from this administration anymore? Yeah, and you can keep you current health care plan too. Oops!

    • William

      Yeah, and you can keep you current health care plan too. Oops!
      This president hasn’t canceled one single insurance policy. You can keep yours, unless of course your company cancels it. But that would imply that you were stupid enough to have a junk policy that can’t comply.