American Elephants

The Predictable Result of the President’s Sustained Effort to Dismantle Immigration Enforcement by The Elephant's Child


At the end of May, the Border Patrol estimate that in 2014 they well catch more than 90,000 unaccompanied minors crossing the border (up from the previous estimate of 74,000).  DHS projects that next year this surge will increase still further in 2015, up to 142,000. This is a direct result, completely predictable, of the president’s sustained and deliberate effort to dismantle immigration enforcement.

The world has heard his message, and it has resulted in a completely preventable humanitarian crisis. There are always, of course, unintended consequences. We are getting teen-aged gang members, and ISIS members will not be far behind.

The administration has discussed the surge almost entirely in terms of children traveling alone, but there are reports that in fact only about a third of the flow are unaccompanied minors, and in spite of press reports of Border Patrol officers having to cope with diapers. most of the ‘children’ are teen-aged boys, many gang members. These are largely OTM (other than Mexican) from Central America—Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

The DACA order (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) 0f June 15, 2012, was Obama’s executive action response to Congress’ refusal to pass the Dream Act. Undocumented young people who were brought to the U.S. as children, have graduated from high school, or are currently in school, and have no criminal record can apply for deferred action (two years) about deportation. As of June 2013, there had been 550,000 applications and 72% had been approved. You can also fairly assume that it was Obama’s ham-handed attempt to pander to Hispanics just before an election. Never forget that the overweening goal is always winning elections.

Word gets around. In Central America the word is that  there is amnesty for  unaccompanied children or mothers with small children who can get into the United States, and will not be deported. The media there has reported on that regularly. A mother and child told Channel 5 News that the message in their country is “go to America with your child, you won’t be turned away.”Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson emphasized that the United States will continue exempting foreign youth from America’s immigration laws.

[A]lmost all of us agree that a child who crossed our border illegally with a parent, or in search of a parent or a better life, was not making an adult choice to break our laws and should be treated differently than adult law-breakers.

Why? Is there any other country in the world that does this? Eric Holder has described amnesty as a “civil right.” Cecilia Muñoz who runs immigration policy for the White House — and who is a former executive for La Raza, an open borders group, also claims amnesty as a civil right.

For those who wonder where this surge came from, in January Homeland Security was advertising for “Escort Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children” for ICE.

Obama is responding to a grim job situation by bringing in more workers. He will allow the spouses of H-1B visa holder to work.  Yet 83 percent of graduating college seniors do not yet have jobs. In technology fields, where corporate America claims a critical worker shortage, 82% of graduates don’t have jobs.

The White House may have realized that this all has gotten out of hand. The president sent Joe Biden to Guatemala City to talk with Central American leaders about the crisis of unaccompanied children flooding across the border. Instead of pledging support for reining in the exodus of children—Biden got a lecture about “migrant rights” and schemes to keep the illegals from returning to their home countries.

The problem is not “poverty and violence” in Central America, the illegals have been told what to say to get amnesty. The administration has encouraged this invasion by hinting that children would be allowed to stay if they came. The likelihood of the president accepting responsibility? Not any time soon.


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