The arrival of tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American minors along U.S. borders is a "fabricated crisis" by President Barack Obama intended to force immigration reform down the throats of the American people, according to political blogger Javier Manjarres of Shark-Tank.com.
"They are going to make such a crisis on the border that's going to overwhelm the government system," Manjarres said on Newsmax TV’s
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"The healthcare system, the child services system down there, so people are going to be calling for immigration reform. The government agencies are going to be calling for immigration reform. That being said, what is [Obama] going to do because there won't be immigration reform in Congress? He's going to pull out his pen and sign an executive order granting amnesty of some sort to these people. You'll see."
Manjarres and Forbes senior political contributor Rick Ungar debated the unaccompanied minor crisis, with Ungar disagreeing with Manjarres’ "mad conspiracy" theory, joking that the president must have a direct phone line into "every El Salvadorian house."
Ungar agreed with host J.D. Hayworth that Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson
performed horribly on NBC’s "Meet The Press" on Sunday when trying to sidestep questions by host David Gregory about the immigration crisis.
"Jeh Johnson has to learn how to dodge questions better if he's going to be a politician," Ungar said. "That was pretty uncomfortable. He did everything he could to avoid answering a direct question, and it was troublesome, so I'm with you there."
Manjarres said the government and the media are trying to appeal to Americans’ big hearts by repeatedly characterizing those that have come in the recent influx as "mothers and children," when 80 percent are males age 14 to 18, many of them members of violent Central American gangs such as MS13.
Ungar disputed the contention.
"If you think that gangs needed the benefit of what we've just seen happening over the past six months to get across the border, you're not paying attention," he said. "Gang members have been crossing back and forth, in and out of this country in the drug trade for a very long time. So to color what's happening as being some gang thing, I'm sorry, that's extremely disingenuous."
Gang members or not, the illegal immigrants have a vested interest in coming to the United States, said Manjarres, adding that the United States is becoming just as lawless as the "third world" countries the people are leaving.
"We don't enforce our laws," he said.
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