The Obama administration is to blame for the crisis in which illegal immigrants, along with unaccompanied minors, are increasingly crossing the borders into the United States because it doesn't believe we have "the right to keep people out," says Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies.
"The fact is, the administration caused this flow of people," Krikorian told Ed Berliner Thursday on "Midpoint" on Newsmax TV
"The question is, what messages did we send that enticed these people to come?" Krikorian asked. "And the border patrol has actually talked to the people they've apprehended. They've done surveys of the people in detention and they said, 'Why did you decide to come now?'"
"And almost all of them said, 'You know, we heard, the word came back from the grapevine that you were letting people go,'" he said. "'When you caught them you were giving them some kind of paper and then just letting them into the United States and we figured we'd take advantage of that.'"
"So we created this problem — the administration certainly shouldn't be surprised by it," said Krikorian, whose group is a conservative, nonpartisan research organization advocating immigration reduction in the United States.
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He explained that the influx, while not intentionally orchestrated, has mushroomed because the Obama administration doesn't "really see the United States as having the right to keep people out — they see this as a humanitarian issue."
Krikorian argued that Obama's White House isn't taking issue with what's going on, except for "it's now a political problem."
"It really has undermined their whole argument for amnesty because if the border's not under control, then how can you even have a debate about amnesty?" he explained.
"The administration is kind of rushing behind the scenes to try to contain this, but not because they realize it's a problem for America … They actually reject the idea that we have a right to stop it.
"They now are concerned because it's a political problem for the president because everybody else wants this flow to stop even though the administration doesn't really see what the problem is."
In a separate interview with "The Steve Malzberg Show'' on Newsmax TV, Krikorian called the costs of the immigration flow staggering.
"The fact is, we're already appropriated $2 billion plus to care for these people, the kids and families, because they have to be housed, they have to be fed, they need … health checks,'' he told guest host Mary Walter.
"They're getting vaccinations because Border Patrol agents are actually getting skin disease and stuff. It's really bad, and that's just the start of it. What happens in September when tens of thousands of kids show up in school districts that nobody expected?
"This is a serious problem, but really, if there were some reason to allow it, then you spend the money you have to spend. But that's not what this is. This is essentially … an extra problem created by our unwillingness to enforce the law.''
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