This week's winner: Rush Limbaugh for his riff on the Honduran refugee pilot program being considered by the “Coyote-in-Chief."
In a segment Friday titled "Barack Obama: Coyote-In-Chief," Limbaugh unloaded on the president for a new $47 million pilot program being considered by the administration that would “cut out the middle man” by sending an immigration team to Honduras to grant refugee status to Honduran children and then fly them straight here, rather than force them to make the perilous trek across Mexico to the U.S. The New York Times cites Obama administration officials who said they think the president can enact the program via executive action, thus bypassing Congress. Critics of the proposal argue that it would of course only escalate the crisis and would essentially redefine refugee legally.
Here are Limbaugh’s opening remarks on the plan:
I should have seen it. It was right in front of my face and you know why it didn't occur to me? It's because it's so outrageous. President Barack Obama, it is said, is considering the idea of granting refugee status to the children of Honduras. Now, that I predicted. That's not what I missed. We all knew that was coming. I mean, ever since we began hearing the term "migrant" and "refugees," as opposed to illegal alien, illegal immigrant. We knew that was coming.
What I didn't foresee, Obama is going to send US officials to Honduras and okay them as refugees and then use taxpayer dollars to fly them to America so they don't have to catch the death train and go through Mexico. We're gonna cut out the middleman. We're gonna cut out the coyotes. We're just gonna bring them here as refugees. We are going to facilitate. We're actually going to provide the transportation mechanism for what are illegal immigrants to cross the border. It's going to be done with an executive order. There's no way any of it can be stopped.
It's being done under the guise, ladies and gentlemen, of reducing the flow of migrants, but instead it's going to have -- and this is what Obama knows -- the exact opposite effect. It's going to be a magnet. And it's just a pilot program. It's just Honduras. If it goes well in Honduras, then they're gonna go do it in El Salvador. And if it goes well in El Salvador, then they're gonna go to Guatemala. And it's not gonna go badly. How could it?
Limbaugh then predicts that the Obama administration will make sure to manufacture all the evidence they need to deem the children refugees and get as many of them into the country as possible:
You go to Honduras, you send some Regime officials down there, you basically stamp a purple thing on each kid's hand and put 'em on the airplane and send 'em here. In order to this, they will produce research, eyewitness accounts, whatever it takes, they'll produce research that, quote, unquote, proves beyond a shadow all of a doubt that every child is escaping poverty, violence, war-torn countryside, abusive fathers, whatever it takes to qualify them as refugees.
As Limbaugh goes on to point out, many on the left, particularly in the media, are cheering the proposal, while conservatives see yet more evidence of the dangers of a president willing to abuse the powers of his office to further his own ideological agenda.