WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 — A July Gallup Poll reveals that illegal border immigration is the number one issue in America. And now a U.S. Border Patrol report released on Friday shows that the White House has been less than transparent in reporting the number of family units, not unaccompanied minors, but whole families who are illegally crossing the U.S. border into Texas.
Tens of thousands have crossed over into the U.S. in recent months under the belief that Obama’s “DREAM Act lite,” the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, and the White House policy known as “prosecutorial discretion” guarantee that they will never have to go back.
DHS secretary Jeh Johnson says:
“Family unification for a child is something that is critical, so I want to see every child with a parent who is able to take care of him and the law requires we do what is in the best interest of the child, and that’s what we’re doing,” he said.
Once the youths cross the border, “our goal is to quickly and safely transport the children … into a safe and secure environment that is in the best interests of the children, pursuant to the requirements of the law,” he said.
The William Act is a 2008 law that allows the repatriation of Central American youths and children once they’re legally declared “unaccompanied alien children.” It requires the U.S. to settle them in the United States until judges decide whether they can stay in the country.
The law was not intended to open the borders, but to allow severely-traumatized victims of forced trafficking to apply for green cards in the United States. The youths being brought over from Central American are not being trafficked and would not be protected under the law; instead coyotes are exploiting parents, charging up to $6,500 per child to bring them across the border where most are then sent to live with parents and relatives living in the United States
The reports shows that the number of youth and children traveling without parents has doubled since 2013 to 57,525 while the number of “family units” has increased five-fold to 55,420.
In the Rio Grande section, which sees the largest number of crossing immigrants, the number of adults, parents and children outnumbered the number of unaccompanied children.
Furthermore, most of the unaccompanied minors are actually aged 14 to 17 and are coming to the U.S. not to escape violence, but to find work.
The White House and agency officials, trying to portray the influx as a wave of children fleeing abuse and violence, have falsely portrayed the influx in an effort to move the president’s immigration reform agenda and negatively portray Republicans who are frustrated by the Obama Administration’s failure to guard the border
The Washington Post reports:
“Almost everyone in the region’s Salvadoran, Honduran and Guatemalan immigrant communities knows someone whose son or niece has traveled here from the border. New children often appear in school classrooms, health clinics and social service programs, speaking no English and still getting over their shock,” the Post reported July 14.
“Four years ago, [Allis Godoy’s] teenage son David made the hazardous trip. Two and a half months ago, her youngest daughter, Madison, finally reached her side … [once] she was flown to Washington and greeted by the mother who had last seen her when she was 6 months old,” according to the Post.
The post writes that Godoy, is an illegal who works as a low-wage worker in a D.C. restaurant.
“It is not safe in Honduras. There is so much poverty and delinquency,” said Godoy. “I never wanted to leave them, and my dream was to go home after a few years. But it didn’t work out. Everything was so hard here, and I didn’t have the courage to go back empty-handed.”
As is often the case, it is the lawyers that will benefit as a portion of the $3.7 billion that Obama has requested will pay taxpayer-funded lawyers to help the foreign youths use the immigration courts.
Furthermore, Obama appoints the immigration court judges that decide whether the youths can stay.
While the number of “family units” has grown, a fact hidden by White House and agency officials, administration officials are attempting to portray their actions as justified by the law, a popular meme among liberal media.
Jeh Johnson, the secretary of Homeland Security, says the influx is child migration, and a law stating that the U.S. Government must act “in the best interests of the children” justifies the administration’s actions even as the U.S. Border Patrol report contradicts the White House.
Johnson also blames the GOP for this crisis on the border.