Many advocates of Rep. Jeffrey Denham (R-CA) 34%‘s Encourage Newly Legalized Immigrants to Start Training (ENLIST) Act have clung fiercely to the claim that they are acting in the compassionate interests of unlawful immigrant minors seeking asylum.
Little has been said, however, about the perverse and perilous incentives this policy would create. If the bipartisan congressional coalition is successful in passing a bill to legalize DREAMers by way of military enlistment, the law will inevitably (and has already begun to) encourage families to send young kids into the country by any means necessary, no matter how costly or dangerous the route.
According to the Washington Times, authorities are anticipating more than 90,000 children will be apprehended on the U.S. side of the border this year and more than 140,000 to be caught next year. “That doesn’t include,” the Times went on, “the tens of thousands more who avoid capture.”
When asked what are the prospects for immigration reform before the November 2014 elections, Derrick Morgan, the Heritage Foundation’s vice president for the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, said Monday that “it’s pretty clear that there won’t be any kind of comprehensive bill like was passed in the Senate. That seems to be dead on arrival in the House.”
While such a bill may not pass and reach the President’s desk for a signature, lawmakers and immigration reform advocates are still discussing getting something “much smaller done.” The prospects are dim even for that, Morgan suggested, due to a lack of trust in President Obama on immigration and on many other matters. “What Republicans are looking for in the House is a President who will enforce the laws,” Morgan said.
Beyond the politics of immigration, Morgan explained some of the economic effects of immigration on the United States, specifically with regard to government programs.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reportedly transporting illegal immigrants from Mexico and central America detained in Texas to Arizona.
Hundreds of undocumented immigrants detained as far away as Texas are being released under supervision in Tucson. But getting to their next destination leaves them on their own.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has said that it does not want to put children in detention centers and it does not want to split up families. ICE releases those families with the condition that they contact ICE for their next court date once they reach their destination in this country.
But last weekend ICE dropped more people at the downtown Greyhound station than there were seats on the buses.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu was on on Fox News’ ‘Your World with Neil Cavuto’ Tuesday where he made a very simple request of the Obama Administration: “simply enforce the laws.”
This week, the House will vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Conspicuously missing as an amendment to the bill is the ENLIST Act, which would have allowed illegal immigrants to obtain amnesty in exchange for military service.
If you’re thinking that amnesty has no place in a defense policy bill, you’re instincts are right. But a look at the battle that was waged over the past couple weeks to stop this misstep demonstrates that were it not for conservative opposition, that’s precisely what Washington politicians would have done.