Ed Morrissey applauds Obama’s statement, apparently not recognizing how dishonest it is:
After a few weeks of a flood of minors entering the US illegally via smugglers and cartels, Barack Obama finally offered an unequivocal and strong statement that the effort will ultimately be futile. The signals from Washington DC on executive actions to end deportations and grant minors quasi-legal status set off a chain reaction that ended up having tens of thousands of children make their way through dangerous means to cross the southern border. This morning, Obama told George Stephanopoulos that all of these children will get sent back…
“Oh,” said Obama, “our message absolutely is don’t send your children unaccompanied on trains or through a bunch of smugglers. That is our direct message to families in Central America. Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they’ll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it.”
Just one small problem. That’s a lie. ABC News recently reported:
At the moment, there is a backlog of more than 300,000 unaccompanied minor cases awaiting a decision on deportation due to a shortage of immigration judges and courts. It takes approximately 3-5 years to adjudicate each case.
During testimony today in front of the House Judiciary Committee, Tom Homan, the Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations with ICE testified about the reality of the backlog problem.
“I can say that every unaccompanied child and every family unit member are served with NTAs (Notice to Appear in immigration court) and … there’s a lack of immigration judges and some of these hearings take years.”
In fact, while 26,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended entering the United States illegally last year, only 1800 minors were sent back to their home countries.
“87% of those are still here in proceedings … Because we have no final orders,” Homan said.
And the problem has gotten worse. To date, more than 54,000 children have been apprehended just this year — a 99% increase from last year.
Kids don’t get sent back to their native countries. They get sent to their relatives in the U.S., or just released onto the streets. Ed Morrissey says, I think naively:
Now that this crisis has begun to impede on the White House’s efforts to get immigration reform back on track, the administration has started to treat it like a crisis. A new detention center has opened in New Mexico with the mission to fast-track deportations for the flood of refugees. It also spells the end of the so-called “catch and release” policy.
I seriously doubt that. I told you about this new detention center a few days ago. It has 700 beds. Check the numbers from that ABC report again. We’ve had over 54,000 new illegal children cross the border in less than half a year — thanks to Obama’s unilateral decisions and irresponsible rhetoric.
I understand why Obama would want to lie to us about this, but let’s not get taken in, please. He’s not doing anything serious — and the American people need to understand that.
P.S. What are the consequences of this flood of illegal immigrants? Here’s one: disease. NewsWest9.com in West Texas reports:
A major concern about housing those unaccompanied immigrant children crossing our border: the spread of disease. It’s an issue they’re trying to tackle in Artesia, New Mexico, just a couple of hours away from here.
Health risks are certainly one of the main concerns of officials and residents in Artesia, where hundreds of undocumented women and children where brought this week. NewsWest 9 investigated to see what those health risks are and what the state and shelters are doing to prevent them.
In the 29 federal resettlement shelters, nearly 60,000 vaccine doses have been distributed to the unaccompanied minors who made the trek from Central America to the United States. The spokeswoman for the Department of State and Health Services says, per request, they sent 2,000 vaccines to an international childrens shelter in South Texas.
“In this particular incident, we were able to get them vaccined quicker than their normal method of ordering through Vaccines for Children,” Spokeswoman for the Department of State and Health Services, Christine Mann, said.
Well, that’s nice. I guess that means that the illegal children are being vaccinated more quickly than legal children. Does that mean that it will take longer for some children who are citizens to be vaccinated? I don’t see how it couldn’t. Vaccines, like any other resource, are scarce.
I support greater levels of legal immigration from Mexico and Central American countries, so that we can say with a straight face that people who want to do it the right way, can. Part of that process screens for criminal records and disease. By contrast, when illegals stream across the border en masse and receive a pat on the head and a notice to appear, there is no telling what diseases they bring with them.
But just keep telling yourselves that any opposition to open borders is racist, limousine liberals. After all, it probably won’t be your kids who end up getting TB as a result.