Weak politicians running from border crisis

First Lady Jill Biden is to be commended for visiting Ukraine on Mother’s Day and meeting with Olena Zelenska, wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

She did so after consoling Ukrainian refugee women and children in Romania and Slovakia who had fled danger and death in Ukraine.

These refugees told Biden heartbreaking stories of hardship and hunger as they sought safety from savage Russian attacks on their towns and villages. The stories brought tears to the First Lady’s eyes.

Other U.S. leaders have also visited with Ukrainian refugees in countries that border Ukraine, like Poland, which has taken in millions of refugees. They are to be applauded also.

Their visits show U.S concern and commitment to helping innocent victims of what has amounted to the first war in Europe since the end of World War II.

Politicians from Massachusetts like Sen. Edward Markey, U.S. Reps. Stephen Lynch of Boston and Lori Trahan of Westford, are also to be credited for meeting with Ukrainian refugees in Poland and elsewhere.

U.S. Rep. James McGovern of Worcester even accompanied House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Kyiv, where they met with Zelenskyy.

This is all to the good, of course. And it is good for the politicians who get good media attention.

It would be equally good if these political leaders showed the same concern for the millions of illegal immigrants — largely women and children — crossing the Rio Grande into Texas.

But they, Democrats all, find it much more politically convenient to visit the border of Ukraine than the border of the United States. The only time these Democrats went on to the southern border was when Donald Trump was president.

But who can blame them? Even President Biden, who thrashed all of trump’s strict border policies, won’t go to the southern border either. And he’s probably afraid to tell Kamala Harris to go. She might say no.

Like the others, Biden also finds it more politically convenient to go to Warsaw to hug a hungry and frightened Ukrainian child than it is to go to Eagle Pass, Texas, and hug a hungry and frightened child from Guatemala.

The only Biden administration official who does go to the border is Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and he pretends that there is nothing to see there.

While presiding over the worst border invasion in the country’s history — and soon because of end of Title 42 — Mayorkas tells the American people that “the border is secure.”

It’s secure all right, secure enough to enable the Mexican coyotes to make millions smuggling terrorists, criminals and drugs into the country. The Mexican coyotes are the new Russian oligarchs.

Perhaps, once his proposed Disinformation Governance Board — dubbed the “Ministry of Truth” — is up and running, the TikTok lady — Nina Janowicz — could call Mayorkas as its first witness.

Mayorkas has spread more misinformation about the southern border than Vladimir Putin has about Russia’s border with Ukraine.

While the Biden administration and the corrupt institutional media have largely ignored the human catastrophe along the southern border, it is not uncommon for border patrol agents to come across children as young as 4 or 5 who have been abandoned by coyotes, or children who have drowned crossing the Rio Grande.

It is a shame. It did not need to happen. With planning, the influx of immigrants could have been handled in an orderly and civilized manner.

After all, we are a nation of immigrants. Only there was a process. We did not sneak in but stood in line, waited our turn and learned the rules. Biden wrecked the process. Now he is a wreck.

And has given new life to Donald Trump.

Peter Lucas is a veteran Massachusetts political reporter and columnist.

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