That’s what President Obama has called the recent wave of illegal Central American immigrant children spilling across Mexico’s border into the United States.
What the president hasn’t disclosed is how it’s a crisis almost entirely of his own making.
Poverty and violence are the administration’s official explanations of the surge in migration.
Moreover, this new round of illegal immigrants appears emboldened – and confused – by Obama’s 2012 initiative called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It allows certain illegal immigrants who came to America as minors to defer deportation for two years.
Recently the administration unveiled guidelines for how these immigrants could defer deportation for two more years.
Never mind that the only immigrants eligible under DACA are ones who were brought to the United States as minors before June 15, 2007. Now there’s a misconception among these immigrants that they simply won’t be turned away. As one Guatemalan detainee told The Christian Science Monitor: “They’re saying that women and children are allowed to stay.”
The Obama administration certainly isn’t doing anything to dispel that notion.
It set up housing for detainees at a San Antonio Air Force base and a Ventura, Calif., Navy base. They can’t handle the sheer numbers, so a processing center has been set up in Nogales, Ariz., which also can’t handle the sheer numbers. The center already is running out of supplies. Another planeload of about 130 illegals was dumped in El Paso, Texas, for processing and care. Fort Sill, Okla., is being prepared for still more illegals.
And President Obama is asking Congress for $1.4 billion of your money to pay for all of that.
Even more outrageous: The administration said Friday
that it was starting a program
issuing $2 million in grants to fund about 100 lawyers and paralegals to represent immigrant children facing deportation.
The White House not only is refusing to turn these kids away, it’s fighting like mad to keep them here.
“Word has gotten out around the world about President Obama’s lax immigration enforcement policies and it has encouraged more individuals to come to the United States illegally,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said in a recent statement.
The dangers of this are obvious. These unaccompanied kids are traversing open country that’s populated with drug traffickers and, worse, human traffickers. America is wrongly encouraging some of the most vulnerable in Central America to run toward this country’s open arms across some of the world’s most dangerous terrain.
What’s also obvious is the political motivation behind this. If you wanted to flood red Southwestern states with potential blue-state voters, what’s a more powerful way to do it than to throw open the gates to illegal immigrants?
That’s beyond coincidence when you consider that Democrats face the very real possibility of the Senate returning to Republican hands in this election cycle.
And where are the U.S. Border Patrol agents, who are supposed to be – well, patrolling our borders? U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas estimates that 40 percent of the agency’s members aren’t even at the border – “they’re actually filling out paperwork, transporting, feeding, moving these folks around.”
And at this rate, it won’t get better.
“The government expects more than 90,000 of the children to be apprehended on the U.S. side of the border this year and more than 140,000 to be caught next year,” The Washington Times reported. “That doesn’t include the tens of thousands more who avoid capture.”
This is chaos. It’s insanity.
“This is a crisis of the federal government’s creation, and the fact that the border remains unsecure – now apparently intentionally – while this operation continues full-steam-ahead is deplorable,” a fuming Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said.
There’s a legal term called “creating an attractive nuisance.” If you, say, put a jungle gym in your front yard and a neighborhood kid comes along, plays on it, falls and gets injured, you can be sued.
Obama’s southern-border welcome mat is an attractive nuisance on a catastrophic scale.
Our government should reunite these misguided kids with their families, and send them home. Ignoring the rule of law is not the answer.