More than 50,000 unaccompanied minors have been taken into custody by border agents after crossing the border illegally this year, more than doubling the total number for all of fiscal 2013 and resulting in a humanitarian crisis on our nation’s southern border that will have long-term negative consequences, both fiscally and on the nation’s social service network.
The crisis, which up to now has been something many have seen only on TV, is now going to be front and center in cities across the country as a result of thousands of the minors being relocated to “relatives already in the country,” as reported by Homeland Security. Atlanta, Georgia is one such city.
Local nonprofits in Atlanta are working to help place what is projected to be thousands of the unaccompanied minors with family here. During an interview with Atlanta’s WSB-TV's Chanel 2 on Wednesday, attorney Rebecca Salmon said that “They’ve been flooding into Atlanta for the past probably month and a-half” when asked about the local situation by Kerry Kavanaugh.
Salmon heads the Access to Law Foundation, a Gwinnett County-based nonprofit foundation that ensures “no vulnerable person goes without Access To Law, based solely on inability to pay,” that represents minors who crossed the border alone and have been placed with family in Georgia, Alabama, parts of Tennessee and South Carolina. The foundation currently has a caseload of “well over a thousand kids,” according to Salmon.
While the White House continues to say that most are unlikely to qualify for humanitarian relief, meaning that most unaccompanied children would be returned to their home nation, the reality is that children are being placed with “relatives” that often are also in the country illegally, then given notices to appear for deportation hearings months down the road. Is it any wonder that the large majority fail to appear for their hearing?
Even as the federal government works to relocate thousands of minors to cities across the nation, questions about costs not only go unanswered- they often go unasked by those trying to advance the open-borders agenda. As cities become responsible for more of the cost, the fiscal questions will have to be answered, even if just on the local level.
There is a growing awareness about the southern border situation as a result of this crisis that is giving momentum to those that argue that the border must be secured before discussions about comprehensive immigration reform can take place.
With more than 10,000 unaccompanied minors a month projected to be apprehended, and another 50,000 adults, the nation cannot continue to debate the causes of the increase of those crossing illegally while doing nothing to stop the flood across the southern border.