Charles Krauthammer got right to the heart of the immigration crisis on our Southwest border in a Washington Post column Thursday:
Why do they come? The administration pretends it’s because of violence and poverty.
Nonsense. When has there not been violence and poverty in Central America? Yet this wave of children has doubled in size in the past two years and is projected to double again by October. The new variable is Obama’s unilateral (and lawless) June 2012 order essentially legalizing hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came here as children.
Message received in Central America.
The Obama Administration is quick to blame the current crisis on our southern border on Republicans in Congress. They claim Republicans have failed to fund the administration’s efforts to effectively deal with the massive influx of children from Central America entering the country illegally.
White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz says Congress can’t criticize the administration while withholding funding to deal with the situation.
Unfortunately for Muñoz and her friends in the administration, there is plenty to criticize, and throwing money at the border is not the solution to the crisis.
Heritage Foundation’s David Inserra and Romina Boccia explain:
Ultimately, additional funding is not the solution to the U.S.’s immigration woes. Instead, the Obama Administration should rescind its anti-enforcement policies that are contributing to this crisis in the first place. Specifically, the Obama Administration is claiming executive authority to not enforce the immigration laws through “prosecutorial discretion.”
Read the whole piece here.
New findings by Border Patrol agents indicating the Obama administration’s policies have encouraged the recent surge of unaccompanied minors crossing illegally into the U.S. probably won’t phase the administration, some of whom already deny that Obama’s policies have anything to do with it.
The recent trend hasn’t made Attorney General Eric Holder rethink the administration’s handling of the situation either. On June 6, Holder announced the Justice Department will use taxpayer funds to “enroll approximately 100 lawyers and paralegals as AmeriCorps members to provide legal services” to “young people who must appear in immigration proceedings.”
Updated 2:10 PM EDT: According to CQ.com (sub. req’d), “House appropriators voted Wednesday to rearrange spending levels in their fiscal 2015 Homeland Security spending bill to help handle the unprecedented surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border.” The bill provides $39.2 billion in funding for DHS.
The massive surge of unaccompanied illegal minors crossing the southern border has been a major headline this week, with conservative lawmakers blaming President Obama’s policies for the trend and Obama calling it an “urgent humanitarian crisis.” Children as young as 5 years old from Mexico and Central America are crossing dangerous terrain and ending up in U.S. holding facilities.
“Homeland Security and Border Patrol facilities in Texas have become “overwhelmed” by the recent influx of illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico and Central America,” the Daily Signal reported. They are being relocated to Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona.
And carrying out the resettlement process for these children comes with a cost. Lawmakers are now considering how much additional funding the Department of Homeland Security will need to carry out these tasks. CQ.com reports (sub. req’d):
The House Appropriations Committee is now considering whether to rearrange funding levels in its fiscal 2015 Homeland Security spending bill to find an extra $78 million to help handle the surge of immigrant children entering the United States illegally.
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.”