The problem caused by the current invasion of our southern border is being blamed on legislation signed into law in 2008 by outgoing President George W. Bush. This legislation, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, was a revision of an earlier law. The main purpose of the law was to prevent sexual exploitation of minors. This 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Act explicitly contains an “exceptional circumstances” clause allowing the president to suspend the requirement that unaccompanied minors must be turned over to HHS. President Obama has the authority to immediately suspend that part of the 2008 Trafficking Act if he desired.
Some believe that a probable cause of the problem is either the June 2012 program known as the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or a policy called the “Family Interest Directive,” issued in August of 2013. Under the DACA, Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are instructed to practice “prosecutorial discretion” towards unlawful minors apprehended in the U.S., granting them de facto amnesty. Under the “Family Interest Directive” the agents are essentially forbidden from deporting, arresting or even detaining any illegal immigrant who is the caretaker of a child. It is claimed that this implied promise by the president that alien minors will not be returned home has led to the current influx.
One of the reasons for not assigning blame without investigation is that the actual cause is usually overlooked. Between 2008 and 2014, the number of illegal minors entering the country was minimal compared to the recent influx. What happened in those intervening five plus years? In 2009-’10, President Obama had a majority in the House and 60 votes in the Senate and he could have passed any legislation but he proposed nothing on immigration! In 2012, he pandered to Hispanic groups by going around Congress on “the dreamers” and in 2013 the “Family Interest Directive” was issued. Now, he faces the reality that the border that he claimed was more secure than ever is not secure at all. How can you have a secure border if thousands of adults and children can walk across without consequence?
The El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) recently issued a memo asserting that 95% of the border-crossers interviewed cited the promise of amnesty as the primary factor and not violence back home. A recent report indicates that most of the recent arrivals that are classified as “Other than Mexicans” have come in family units. Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has said at least 25% of the recent illegal immigrants crossing into Texas have criminal records. Clearly, there is a lot more to our porous borders than small children with teddy bears fleeing violence. It isn’t, as the administration and its allies in the media argue, an up tick in violence back home in Central America that is driving this wave of illegal immigrants into this country.
The states have the absolute right to prevent illegals from entering their state when the federal government does not act. CBO issued their score of Obama’s request for border funding and found that only $25 million of the $3.7 billion would be spent this year. That’s 0.006 percent of the request. This administration wants more funding in order to process and integrate these illegal aliens into our country, not to deport them.
The last four administrations have failed to enforce the existing immigration laws. When immigrants can cross the border any time they chose it doesn’t matter how many laws are on the books. If Congress approves the additional funding President Obama is seeking, we can plan on having at least 150,000 additional illegal immigrants in each of the next two years. It is estimated that about ninety percent of them will never be returned to their home country while an estimated four and a half million people wait in line to be approved to legally migrate to America. What do we prefer, a million legal migrants who want to contribute to our economy and become citizens or a million illegals that only want to take advantage of our generosity?
The cry that we always hear is “it’s for the children.” Well how about the American children who will have to pay for all of the debt that is being incurred? Congressmen who are claiming that we should house, cloth and feed these children simply because they have managed to enter our country illegally are not even showing consideration for the many children and adults in this country who need help just as much or more than these children.
How long will we continue to waste our resources to pander to politicians who only seem to care about getting reelected? We must think about the future of America.
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