Dispelling the myths and lies about the illegal child immigration crisis
This is beyond policy, it's a question of humanity
There’s a deluge of misinformation and bad “facts” flying around about the flood of unaccompanied minors—kids—flooding our southern border. Let’s get some things straight, and dispel some of the untruths.
The minors flooding our borders are mostly older teen gang members and criminals. FALSE. Sure, there are gang members and criminals coming over the border all the time. This has been true for years.
Mexican Guatemalan gangs such as MS13* have networks in the United States and that’s troubling. But the kids coming over from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, among other countries are with few exceptions, just kids. Many of them are fleeing gangs. Mexican gangs try to recruit them in border towns like Reynosa, which is a hive of violence and crime.
Thousands of migrants are gathering in Reynosa and other cities along the Rio Grande, many of them having made long journeys from other Central American countries. They get to the US border, lacking the money for a “mule” to take them over, many of them risking their lives to cross on their own. The’ve been lured by a strong message—the press and Obama administration is calling it a rumor—that the US is allowing all children to stay in America, carte blanche. As I wrote a few days ago, DHS’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, begun in 2011, blasted this message southward. Since then, the message has only been reinforced.
[Many] migrants told Border Patrol agents they decided to set out for the United States after hearing that it was offering some kind of entry permit. Many other migrants who asked for asylum after being apprehended have been allowed to stay temporarily, further fueling hopes that Central American women and children were receiving special treatment.
This situation is truly a developing, serious humanitarian crisis. One that’s left squarely on our doorstep by Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Those countries have enough domestic issues to deal with, and keeping their citizens from fleeing to America is—to put it mildly—not a high priority. DHS and Border Patrol have seen the numbers increasing for several years, and now the immigrant flow has past the point of total chaos. There’s literally nowhere to house the growing number of illegals crossing into the US, and the DACA program forces USCIS to, at least temporarily, admit anyone who claims to be 16 or under. Immigrants are being shipped to military bases as far away from the border as Massachusetts, leading to charges of “dumping grounds”.
Until DACA is reversed, it’s unlikely there will be any slowdown or stopping the ever-increasing flow of new illegal immigrants. DHS and USCIS are simply doing what they have to do, unless you and I are okay with these kids just roaming our neighborhoods like they do in Phoenix, where they are dropped off at the bus station with instructions to self-report to an ICE office. Like they know where to go, or what form to complete, or even care.
Congress is doing something to stop this flood. NOPE. 119 Congressmen co-sponsored H.R. 4138 “ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014” which allows either chamber of Congress to bring suit against the Executive Branch for failure to enforce federal laws. This was passed specifically to allow Congress to sue to overturn DACA. H.R. 4138 was referred to committee in the Senate after passing the house in March 2014.
This bill is a far cry from the legislation necessary to stop DACA. Congress can simply act directly to reverse the policy and direct DHS and USCIS to stop the program. Of course, it would also be buried in the Senate, and if passed, likely vetoed by He with a Pen and a Phone.
The House of Representatives lacks the intestinal fortitude and ability to pass meaningful immigration legislation, unless they are agreeing with the White House (which Eric Cantor painfully learned). Does it make sense for Congress to allow this festering moral wound continue to putrefy until it sends us into a national septic shock? Every day that we keep our borders open is adding to our culpability. We have a responsibility as a nation to keep ourselves, and foreign nations accountable for their citizens, and we’re simply negligent, almost criminally so, in living up to that responsibility.
This has gone beyond policy and is now bluntly an issue of humanity. It’s inhuman and even barbarous to lure families to the United States with promises of a path to citizenship, poorly defend our borders so those families are subject to exploitation by gangs, criminal “mules” and corrupt governments, and when they enter our country, simply ship them off to some military base or dump them in a city to fend for themselves.
It’s all done in the name of giving those immigrants a chance to become citizens, but nobody except Obama and his liberal ilk believe they have a right to become citizens of the United States. Congress is being led by the nose into a devil’s bargain to be portrayed as heartless child-haters or yield to the left’s aims of universal citizenship. We need leaders who can stand up and act like adults, not diaper babies.
The Obama administration is taking steps to end the surge. AFRAID NOT. Smilin’ Joe Biden went down to Central America to meet with leaders of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico, where he was snubbed by Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández who preferred to watch his team play in the World Cup. They fairly well told Mr. Biden to go home and keep those Central Americans who continue to flood our borders.
[Mr. Biden] got a taste of the disconnect the United States often has with regional leaders, who fault the failure of American immigration policy for driving children to join their parents in the United States no matter the cost. In his public remarks, Mr. Pérez Molina, while recognizing that the American Congress has to act, reiterated a request for a temporary worker program and a way for Guatemalans living in the United States illegally to be able to stay.
DHS is also opening more detention centers, reassigning immigration officers and judges to speed processing deportation cases, and assigning more border patrol agents to the most critical places along our southern border to help with the massive influx. None of these efforts will stem the tide. They’re just building more sand castles to be overwhelmed.
The only solution the White House will accept is amnesty for illegals, leading to universal citizenship.
Obama and the left want to remake America, and 2016 will seem like a bump in the road if the issue of illegal immigration is not solved, and soon.
*It was rightly pointed out that MS13 is a Guatemalan gang that operates in Mexico and all of Central America, and has cells in the US. The edit has reflected this for accuracy.