Forget one if by land, two if by sea, burn the house down. The illegals are coming, the illegals are coming! Since they are young, Congress will let them stay while pointing its collective finger at President Barack Obama while it says: “Your fault.”
The president asked Congress for some $3.7 billion to put a quick fix to the problem and update overcrowded ICE holding facilities and to speed immigration trials for children July 8. One red flag lawmakers may want to examine before responding to the “crisis”: President Obama wants to respond to the “significant rise in apprehensions of unaccompanied children and adults traveling with children.” (emphasis added)
Central American parents seem to believe America offers children a new start, U.S. law be damned. Many claim the administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy is at fault. DACA allows undocumented children brought to some states to work in the United States, obtain a social security number, a state’s driver’s license and they can renew their DACA status indefinitely.
Of course Democrats point to the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, signed by George W. Bush, as bringing children on today’s dangerous journey. The law was aimed a human trafficking. Democrats controlled both chambers when their bill was passed.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D- Ver.) congratulated Sens. Joe Biden (D-Del.) and Sam Brownbeck (R- Kan.) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) for working so hard on the bill in the Congressional Record back in the day. Sen. Dianne Feinstein was also a big supporter of the then-new law. “Today Congress took an important step to protecting unaccompanied alien children, the most vulnerable immigrants,” she said.
Note the change in what the president asked for July 8? “...(A)nd adults traveling with children.” Could this be the beginning of using children for a back door amnesty program?
What has the do-nothing Congress done? No, it is not a trick question. The Republican-led House points the finger at Obama and says it’s your problem. The Democrat-led Senate has done even worse. It has cut the number of beds from 34,000 to 31,039 next fiscal year.
Whatever the case, unscrupulous parents in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are sending their children to other countries, mostly the United States, the parents seem to think is filled with milk and honey. DACA and WWTVPRA were intended to save children from harm. They have been abused. Washington must stop this.