Thousands of illegal immigrant children, who somehow made the arduous journey from Central America, have arrived in the United States.
The sheer number of illegal border crossings by minors, who are reported to have made the trek to the U.S. unaccompanied by parents or guardians, has severely strained the capacity of the U.S. Border Patrol’s detention facilities in South Texas. In order to adequately house the children, officials have had to resort to the use of warehouses and military bases, some of which are located out of state.
In the 2009 fiscal year, the total number of children detained by border patrol agents amounted to about three thousand. About six thousand unaccompanied children crossed the border illegally in 2011. Now, astoundingly, projections for the year 2014 put the number of children who will come here illegally at around 90,000.
A surprising number of politicians and scores of mainstream media professionals are conditioning the public to believe that, somehow on their own, the illegal immigrant children were able to navigate the 1,800-mile distance it took to get through the Mexican badlands to United States safety.
However, mere common sense would dictate that moving such a large number of children from point A to point B would necessitate some type of organized logistical support.
The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers has provided some insight. The group recently released a statement on the seemingly phenomenal occurrence of tens of thousands of unaccompanied youth traveling such a long distance.
“This is not a humanitarian crisis,” the statement reads. “It is a predictable, orchestrated and contrived assault on the compassionate side of Americans by her political leaders that knowingly puts minor illegal alien children at risk for purely political purposes.”
Adding to the list of curious facts surrounding the crisis, it appears as though certain members of the Obama administration may be working behind the scenes to secure a media blackout concerning the coverage of the children flooding into Texas.
According to The Associated Press, Eligio Pena, an assistant chief patrol agent, sent an email to thousands of Border Patrol agents, instructing them not to speak to reporters, on or off duty, without permission and cautioning that anyone who does so could be criminally charged.
This is not the first time the U.S. Border Patrol has directed officials to avoid reporters. Back in 2013, Bill Brooks, who at the time was the head of the patrols’ Southwest border media division, informed officials that border patrol personnel would “no longer provide interviews, ride alongs, visits, etc., about the border, the state of the border, and what have you.”
There are strong indications that the exponential growth in Central American minors who are crossing the Mexican border into Texas is primarily due to the perception that the illegal immigrant children will be able to remain in the country as a direct result of the immigration policies of the Obama administration.
On a recent tour of an Arizona Border Patrol station, Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s staff discovered that the border-breaching children are being promised amnesty prior to commencing their journey northward.
After two of Sen. Feinstein’s staff members visited the facility in Nogales, Arizona, where hundreds of children were sent for processing, the senator gave the following statement to the Washington Post: “After engaging with the children and U.S. personnel, my staff learned that many of the children were smuggled across the border after hearing radio ads promising they would not be deported.”
The statement additionally indicated, “My staff [Feinstein’s] also heard that religious organizations are spreading the same message.”
A leaked document, distributed to the press by the Center for Immigration Studies and written by border patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley, corroborates the findings of Feinstein’s staff. The leaked document contains a summary of interviews, which were conducted on May 28 with 230 women and children from Central America who were caught attempting to cross the U.S. border.
The primary reason given for the illegal crossing was “to take advantage of the ‘new’ U.S. law that grants a free pass or permit.”
“The subjects also indicated that ‘everyone’ in their home countries is aware that ‘permisos’ (permits) are being issued to family units in south Texas,” the document reads. News of these permits to remain in the U.S. is spread by both word of mouth and international and local media, according to the document.
President Obama has fed this public message through executive and administrative actions that leave citizens and non-citizens alike with the impression that illegal immigrant children will be allowed to enter and remain in the U.S., despite having parents who are in the country illegally.
In 2012 Obama circumvented Congress by halting deportations and granting work permits to as many as 800,000 minor illegal immigrants. Then in 2013, an order was issued to immigration agents that they were not to arrest and deport illegal immigrant parents of minor children.
One particular case vividly illustrates the questionable nature of the administration’s policy. In May 2013 a woman was apprehended at the U.S.-Mexican border. She was attempting to smuggle into the country a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador. The child was turned over to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that then transported the child to her illegal immigrant mother in Virginia.
In December 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Brownsville, Texas, commented on the matter in a ruling.
“This is the fourth case with the same factual information this court has had in as many weeks,” Hanen wrote.
“In each case, the DHS completed the criminal conspiracy, instead of enforcing the laws of the United States, by delivering the minors to the custody of the parent illegally living in the United States,” the judge added.
It is significant that the current crisis involves illegal aliens who are not Mexican nationals. Those who cross our borders illegally from Mexico are able to be processed and sent back across the border in a fairly short time.
In contrast, illegal aliens from Central America have to be cleared by consular officials from their native countries, and air transportation must subsequently be secured to return them back to their homelands.
Depending on the country of origin, illegal aliens may request asylum, which may then delay proceedings for an extended duration, perhaps even long enough to allow individuals to effectively remain in the country indefinitely.
James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood. Read more reports from James Hirsen — Click Here Now.
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