President Obama, during a two-day fundraising jaunt in Minnesota, on June 26-27, added a new phrase to his “phony scandal” rhetoric by describing the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) surging across the U.S.-Mexican border as a “fabricated issue.”
The White House publicity staff then did a turnabout and announced that, on June 30, the president will ask for $2 billion for humanitarian and border security purposes. Why would he want to throw federal billions at a “fabricated issue”?
The issue is not “fabricated.” Many of the younger members of this “Children’s Crusade for Freedom” do not know their hometowns or their home countries or even their last names. The home countries of these children (infant to age 17) were quick to send consular officers to the U.S. immigration holding areas — not to provide documentation for their nationals nor to repatriate them, but to assure that the United States is treating them well.
Since 2009, the Obama administration has enabled undocumented immigrants entering the United States; and since 2011, it has done nothing to stop the inhumane transit of young children by alien smugglers known for their brutality. The president’s shop-worn excuse that the current surge of undocumented children (toddlers to teens) “took him by surprise” does not hold water — not across the Rio Grande.
On March 20, the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) published a study on Unaccompanied Alien Children entering the country. The study, covering 2011-2013 and funded in part by the Obama Department of Homeland Security (DHS), showed a dramatic increase in the UAC number each year since 2011. How could the president be surprised?
Border Patrol agents advised the UTEP study team that lack of deterrence by U.S. border policy was the cause of the crossings since 2011 — the year that the Obama administration promulgated its “Prosecutorial Discretion” memo.
The following year, President Obama, with fanfare, announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In 2013, Senate Democrats, working with the president, passed a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill containing “a pathway to citizenship,” a bill stalled in the U.S. House of Representatives.
According to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee and Resettlement (ORR), the stated number of Unaccompanied Alien Children has more than doubled each year since 2011. Although the HHS-ORR projected 50,000 UACs for 2014, current estimates are 90,000 UACs for 2014 and 162,000+ for 2015.
The study recognizes that about 32 percent of UACs have special needs — pregnant girls, mental and physical illnesses, physical handicaps, and children under 2 years of age. Such UACs require priority care, handling, and treatment. Unpublicized stress is being put on the medical workers, hospitals, care centers, cities, and states being asked to care for these children.
Meanwhile, UACs, including the special-needs children, are being airlifted from Texas to California, Chicago, Massachusetts, Miami, Newark, New York, and who knows where.
They are flying on charter and commercial flights. Commercial flights require each child to have a U.S. Department of Homeland Security escort, which in turn means that person is away from his/her DHS post for at least three days. These young children and teens have yet to receive appropriate disease-preventive inoculations, and some of these children are ill.
The costs of housing, food, medical services, transportation, escorts, legal and miscellaneous expenses are estimated to be $1 billion for the coming 10 months, and this is a low-ball figure that does not include Obama’s proposed $2 billion allocation.
Obama’s HHS-ORR appointees suggest that the United States create a “Welcome Center” at various locations along the border to be “sensitive to the crossers needs.” Although U.S. Border Patrol agents oppose this suggestion, Obama DHS appointees are pushing forward with it, despite the failure and closure of a pilot “Welcome Center” in San Antonio.
While the Obama administration claims that 2011-2014 border crossings are down, actual numbers are headed up. The University of Texas El Paso study verifies that UAC numbers have increased over the years. So have adult crossings and drug smuggling.
Crime cartels benefit two ways from the children’s crusade for freedom: human smugglers (coyotes) are paid up to $9,000 per child, and the U.S. Border Patrol is pre-occupied with the children, so drug movements are easier.
Young children and teens currently are arriving from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The crisis has attracted the interest of the first lady of Honduras, who arrived at the U.S. border, not to take her citizens home, but to check on their welfare.
U.S. House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi visited the border on Saturday, June 28, and declared, “We are all Americans,” implying perhaps that America should be borderless.
A Washington insider commented, “Obama and his administration are not incompetent, merely employing Alinsky’s rule of forcing change. It is the American people who are incompetent.”
James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994. Read more reports from James Walsh — Click Here Now.
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