No less than the mainstay of the liberal media, The Washington Post, in this morning's edition delivered a blistering article, "Obama's aides were warned of brewing border crisis" about the ongoing debacle at the border.
There's no reading between the lines in this article, because the incompetence of this Administration and the placing of politics and political goals ahead of the lives of children can't be any clearer. In the early stages of this debacle as it began its spread into the public consciousness, it was viewed as a continuation of the immigration debate and mostly dealt with by those living in the border states. The US ranchers, farmers, and other citizens who live and work in the US/Mexico border states were bearing the brunt. But ow that the continuing flood of children crossing the border shows no abatement, the ramifications of the need to house and take care of these children is being felt in communities across the United States.
The Administration points to the 2008 law signed by George Bush, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, an act that was mainly intended to help human trafficking victims, albeit one part had provisions for unaccompanied illegal immigrants under the age of 18, as the foundation for the crisis that we're experiencing today. But in the Post article, there is no doubt that the double-down effect happened in 2012, when the Obama Administration announced that it would defer deportations of certain immigrants brought to this country illegally as children.
Interviews by Border Patrol agents with the young immigrants and their families revealed a perception among them that the United States had relaxed its policies and would grant them “permisos” to remain in the country. U.S. officials said the permisos are actually formal notices to appear at immigration hearings that are issued to the minors when they are placed with relatives to await court dates.
But how badly this Administration has bungled this border crisis, which can rightly be ranked right up there with Katrina for all-time worst handling, is evident by the Post's mention that Obama officials received warnings as early as 2012 that the Federal government did not have the resources in place to handle the potential flood of illegal minors that were to come, and that the problems were worsening. According to excerpts from the Post article:
But top officials at the White House and the State Department had been warned repeatedly of the potential for a further explosion in the number of migrant children since the crisis began escalating two years ago, according to former federal officials and others familiar with internal discussions.
The former official said the agencies primarily in charge of border security, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, were “ringing alarm bells” within the administration.
"There were warning signs, operational folks raising red flags to high levels in terms of this being a potential issue,” said one former senior federal law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly about internal operations.
In Texas and in Central America, officials viewed the situation with greater alarm. In April 2012, the first ladies of Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala voiced their concerns at a conference in Washington on unaccompanied minors.
By the time the team from UTEP (University of Texas at El Paso) arrived at Fort Brown to examine the problem in the summer of 2013, the churn of the young immigrants had far outpaced the government’s capacity.
The number of minors arriving illegally from Central America shot from 3,933 in 2011 to 20,805 in 2013. HHS had secured 5,000 beds across the country — twice as many as the previous year — but that wasn’t enough. Immigration courts were backlogged. Border Patrol stations were overrun. Federal officials estimated that the total number of minors would soar to 60,000 in 2014.
And no one knew what to do with them all.
Meanwhile, back at the White House, the focus was on the President's re-election campaign.
Meanwhile, top officials focused much of their attention on political battles, such as Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and the push to win congressional support for a broad immigration overhaul, that would have been made more difficult with the addition of a high-profile border crisis.
Fumbling and bungling by the Administration while we all pay a heavy price. The children are now a political football, with immigration groups attempting to tug at the heartstrings of morality that we are all a nation of immigrants, and it is the right thing to do to give these children sanctuary and take them in. The President, too, has weighed in on the subject with his threats to use Executive Orders if immigration reform is not passed in Congress. On the other side of the coin, average, ordinary Americans are looking at their wallets, rising prices at the gas pump and grocery store, the costs of caring for their own children/grandchildren, increasing tax bills, and wondering how are we going to pay for all this and where does it end before the good ship United States implodes and we all drown together.
While the concentration on the crisis at the border for the past several weeks has been on the children and the traumas they have suffered in their trek north, lately the focus has been slowly shifting to the incompetence of this Administration, not only in its present handling of the situation (yes, let's throw money at the crisis, $3.7 billion of yours and my taxpayer dollars), but how long they knew about it and had no plan in place.
Combine the downing of Flight MH17, the Israeli Gaza invasion, the Iranian nuclear talks now given a four month extension to reach an agreement, which should push that issue conveniently past the November election, with the Administration's other dithering-caused debacles ("Fast & Furious", the VA scandal, IRS targeting, the Syria red line, Benghazi, the Russian "reset" et al), we daily have a more and more comprehensive picture of an Administration, led by a community organizer, who's in over his head.
If ever there was a time for people to re-consider and think about how important their individual vote is at the polling booth, 2014 is the year, as a pre-cursor to 2016. The price exacted upon this country by this Administration's follies, will not be fully known or felt until Obama and his minions leave Washington. And that can't be soon enough.
Originally published at www.political-woman.com