When the Fast & Furious scandal came to light it had the appearance of a manufactured crisis designed to drive the US domestic debate on gun control. If US purchased weapons were showing up in the hands of Mexican narcotrafficantes then those weapons could make a case for more stringent gun control within the United States. Obama has made numerous statements on the chaos American weapons were causing in Mexico:
“I will not pretend that this is Mexico’s responsibility alone. The demand for these drugs in the United States is what’s helping keep these cartels in business,” Mr. Obama said at a joint news conference with Mr. Calderon. “This war is being waged with guns purchased not here, but in the United States. More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that line our shared border.”
Of course, it quickly became obvious that this was primarily a grotesquely mismanaged BATFE investigation but Obama either knew or should have known the source of those weapons and was clearly angling to using it as a way of changing US law more to his liken. This was back in those naive days when he was still concerned about “the law.”
Whether a criminal conspiracy or merely Jungian synchronicity, the bloodshed in Mexico was a textbook case of Rahm Emmanuel's famous motto: you never let a serious crisis go to waste.
Another chapter in Obama's modus operandi of creating a crisis, and perhaps killing people, in order to push a political agenda is playing out again on our southern border, though I should perhaps start calling it a frontier.
One of Obama's pet issues is opening the US borders to basically anyone who cares to cross while simultaneously registering them to vote and forbidding state and local governments from enforcing their own voting laws. His wedge issue has been the “DREAM Act.” This is a seemingly innocuous law that would give children brought to the US illegally what amounts to citizenship by virtue of their parents' lawbreaking. Because for the children.
Now, coincidentally, we are beset with a flood of children coming across the Mexican border.
The United States no longer has an illegal immigration problem. No, what it has is arefugee crisis. According to news reports, during the first eight months of fiscal year 2014 (October 2013 through May 2014), the US Border Patrol apprehended approximately 162,000 immigrants from Mexico and Central America trying to enter the US illegally byway of Texas' Rio Grande Valley. The figure, which surpasses the 154,000 people trying to cross over in this area in all of 2013, includes 47,017 unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua -- some as young as 4 years old.
Naturally there is no connection between Obama's rhetoric and the arrival of unaccompanied children. That is why the watch word in the media is “we have a refugee crisis.” Never mind that there is no uptick in violence or political instability. Never mind that the probability of a family under threat sending minor, unaccompanied children off on their own through several countries simply beggars the imagination. Never mind that this kind of immigration did not take place during the height of the wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador. No it is a CRISIS! And we must DO SOMETHING! Oh, and they are refugees so they get asylum, too.
That this is false and contrived in borne out in reports from the US Border Patrol:
"I wouldn't put a lot of stock in the ability of Republican members of Congress to divine the thoughts and insights of children in Central American countries," Earnest answered. "My point is, I'm not sure this withstands a whole lot of scrutiny."
As it turns out, the Republican explanation does withstand a whole lot of scrutiny. Recent days have been filled with anecdotal reports, from local news outlets in Central America to major American newspapers, citing immigrants who say they came because they believe U.S. law has been changed to allow them to stay. And now comes word that Border Patrol agents in the most heavily-trafficked area of the surge, the Rio Grande Valley sector of Texas, recently questioned 230 illegal immigrants about why they came. The results showed overwhelmingly that the immigrants, including those classified as UACs, or unaccompanied children, were motivated by the belief that they would be allowed to stay in the United States -- and not by conditions in their homelands. From a report written by the agents, quoting from the interviews:
The main reason the subjects chose this particular time to migrate to the United States was to take advantage of the "new" U.S. "law" that grants a "free pass" or permit (referred to as "permisos") being issued by the U.S. government to female adult OTMs traveling with minors and to UACs. (Comments: The "permisos" are the Notice to Appear documents issued to undocumented aliens, when they are released on their own recognizance pending a hearing before an immigration judge.) The information is apparently common knowledge in Central America and is spread by word of mouth, and international and local media. A high percentage of the subjects interviewed stated their family members in the U.S. urged them to travel immediately, because the United States government was only issuing immigration "permisos" until the end of June 2014…The issue of "permisos" was the main reason provided by 95% of the interviewed subjects.
Again the rule of law is being suborned by a lawless administration. The administration's support for “DREAMers,” upon whom Obama claims “our future rests,” has, deliberately or not, encouraged children from Latin America to make the arduous and dangerous trip to the United States. Obama's minions are claiming this is a “refugee crisis,” not a bogus problem contrived to stampede fearful GOP members of Congress into voting for a disastrous and ill-conceived immigration reform plan that we will have to pass in order to find out what is in it. And just as hundreds of Mexican citizens... and a US Border Patrol agent... died to keep the last crisis from going to waste, so, too, will hundreds of Latino kids as border communities are needlessly disrupted.