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Unaccompanied children streaming across the border

Unaccompanied children streaming across the border

Hundreds being dropped off at bus stations in Arizona

The illegal immigration situation in this country seems to have gone from dreadful to utter chaos, with no end in sight.

This is absolutely disturbing on so many levels it’s hard to process. Also, as a side issue, are Jan Brewer and Arizona being punished by the Obama administration?:

Hundreds of migrants nabbed by the border patrol after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border through Texas have been flown to Arizona and left at Greyhound Bus stations in Tucson and Phoenix during the past month…Critics charge that released border-crossers will vanish into the woodwork. Immigrant advocates accuse the federal government of releasing migrants without providing enough basic necessities such as food and water on days that hover around 100 degrees F.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) calls it “another disturbing example of a deliberate failure to enforce border security policies and repair a broken immigration system” in a letter to President Obama.

Yeah, a letter! That’ll do it. Although to be honest, I don’t know what the remedy would be. Even impeachment wouldn’t do it at this point, because fixing this would require that both parties be dedicated to tightening both border security and lessening the cornucopia of services available to illegal immigrants, which would require some harsh and extremely difficult decisions that I don’t think our politicians are up to.

The CS Monitor offers more background here on why the number of illegal child immigrants has been increasing during the last two years:

At issue is Mr. Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which in 2012 allowed some undocumented immigrants who came to America as minors to defer deportation for two years…

DACA would not apply to anyone coming across the border today. Only undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as minors before June 15, 2007, are eligible. But to Republican critics, DACA created the opportunity for misinformation and confusion.

“Word has gotten out around the world about President Obama’s lax immigration enforcement policies and it has encouraged more individuals to come to the United States illegally,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R) of Virginia, a key broker in immigration reform efforts on Capitol Hill, in a statement last week…

During the decade preceding fiscal year 2012, the federal government agency tasked with caring for unaccompanied minors who cross the border illegally dealt with an average of 7,000 to 8,000 cases a year, according to a Department of Health and Human Services fact sheet. In fiscal year 2011, the number was 6,560.

The following year, however, the number jumped to 13,625. This fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, 2014, federal officials are estimating that the number could be 80,000, according to an internal memo cited by The New York Times.

Obama called the situation a “humanitarian crisis” Monday. Poverty and violence are driving the migration, administration officials say, and activists working with migrants agree. But some also suggest that DACA could be a factor.

Ya think?

That article goes on to say that Obama is being pressured by his base to stop deportations of illegals altogether. As a pro-immigrant San Francisco crowd yelled to him last November: “Stop deportations! Yes we can!” And why not? Obama makes the laws and he also breaks the laws at his pleasure, so the crowd was well within its rights to think Obama could and would do it. Obama needs his base (which includes Hispanics/Latinos) to come out in force for Democrats in 2014 or he could lose the Senate, so his motivation to please them is very strong (although he was already motivated to allow as many illegal immigrants—and potential Democratic voters—as possible to come into this country). It’s no accident, either, that Obama announced DACA in 2012, a presidential election year.

The CS Monitor seems to be the mainstream paper covering these issues in the most depth. Here’s another article from them, which mentions the fact that most of the children coming across the border alone are boys over twelve.

One small ray of sunshine in an otherwise very gloomy situation is that the increasing phenomenon of child illegal immigrants might help convince people that the border is nowhere near as secure as Obama says it is. In turn, this could discourage Republicans in Congress from caving on immigration/amnesty. As Jan Brewer said, “If the Obama administration put half the effort into securing our border as it has invested to institute this operation, our state and nation would not be facing this situation.”

More from Breitbart Texas:

Nora Griselda Bercian Diaz, a mother from Guatemala who crossed into the U.S. illegally with her 6-year-old daughter, told local media outlet KRGV that the message being spread in her home country is, “Go to America with your child, you won’t be turned away.”

Bercian Diaz said she thought the U.S. border was open to all families. She added that news reports are circulating in her country which state that mothers and children are obtaining bus tickets.

And once they come they need not only food and water and housing, but they need lawyers to fight deportation. So here’s some money for the lawyers.

Obama’s reaction to all of this is to ask for even more money to help the illegal immigrants once they’re here. And there is little question that their plight is indeed very troubling and pathetic at this point, because the numbers have overwhelmed whatever system was already in place. But the truth is that incentivizing a behavior increases it, and this is what Obama has been doing right along. His response to this new crisis is to incentivize the behavior even more.

Below is a video report on the situation, via FOX 10/MyFOXPhoenix.com.

FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

[Featured image: CNN video]

[Neo-neocon is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at neo-neocon.]

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This is just sheer madness – never thought I’d see something like this in my lifetime. Pat Buchanan is right … suicide of the country. The politicians who support this and allow this to continue are in dire need of a rope and a tree.

If abandoning masses of children to the risks and dangers of an urban Greyhound Bus terminal does not rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” nothing does. Impeach the bastard, for God’s sake!!

    Observer in reply to nomadic100. | June 9, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    And dumping them, unaccompanied, in Arizona in the summertime (it was 109 here in Tucson last week) is despicable, even for a low-life POS like Obama. People here have stepped up to provide essentials for these kids and help them out, but this should not be happening.

    Please call and/or e-mail your congressperson and senators and demand that they address this situation. The Obama administration is endangering these kids, and it is endangering those of us who live near the border where the criminal smuggling gangs operate.

    If you’re outraged, make sure your representatives in government know it. They won’t even try to act unless enough of us make noise.

      HarrietHT in reply to Observer. | June 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      Yes, like Ron Barber gives a flying fig. No more than his predecessor cared the least bit that her constituency was up in arms, flags waving, protesting in front of her headquarters, for months on end.
      These people don’t care . . . about us.

      AZ_Langer in reply to Observer. | June 9, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      I think a great many of us have been emailing and calling the people who are supposed to be representing us for years, and HarrietHT is right, nothing ever comes of it. Face it, they like having wads of cash stuffed in their pockets for ignoring us.

      I was astounded to see Tim Steller’s column in yesterday’s ADS. Could this be changing attitudes?

Granting citizenship to invaders is incompatible with the rule of law. It is the shot not heard around the world.

Ignoring the causes which motivate mass emigration is a good reason for celebration… in Mexico, China, Zimbabwe, etc.

    n.n in reply to n.n. | June 9, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Aborting/murdering around the same number of natural born Americans annually is a suicide pact.

This bastard in the white house is going full alinsky. Expect more of this sort of stuff.

expect a coup attempt. get ready for war, folks.

Henry Hawkins | June 9, 2014 at 7:53 pm

As a forensics guy I am apalled at this, because it is almost certain that pedophiles are flocking to Phoenix and Tucson where unattended children are being dumped by the hundreds.

    This is cold analysis – if you don’t want to think about it, skip this comment.

    That was my first thought too. With an influx of unaccompanied, “at-risk” children, who don’t speak a local language and are desperate for food and shelter, this will become a prime recruiting ground for Pedophiles and Prostitution Rings (aka Pimps) who will acquire the children, addict them to drugs and then move them city-to-city and pimp them out.

    The fact that they’re underage will actually make these children MORE valuable to those pimps, because if they know their clientele well, they can charge a premium for access to underage “merchandise.” Those that don’t know their clients well will simply burn out the children by making them take 8-12 clients a night.

    Further, with this many children coming across the border, to those pimps, they will be “disposable merchandise,” meaning that the pimps will use them, and at the slightest hint of trouble will cut them loose or worse, dispose of them, because even though they are valuable in terms of being a specialty, there will be sufficient numbers to make them “replaceable.” Any individual who gives them problems will have a very short shelf-life.

    I expect that we in the Legal circles who represent Juvenile Defendants and to Child Protective Services work will start to see cases of Juvenile Theft show up very quickly, with a concurrent rise in Prostitution arrests for those who are charged as adults because they have no documents at all.

I’m too weary of the onslaught of “news reporting” about these “kids” pouring across our borders with not a one of these “reports” identifying to the reader what a “kid” is.

This information should be SPECIFIED in the headline. 6-8 year olds? 8-14 year olds?
8-16 year olds?

What the sam hell is a kid? My patience is exhausted on this matter.

Give us the numbers of 6-yr olds, 8 yr old, 12 yr olds, 14 yr olds, and 16 yr. olds.
Or I am simply not interested.
Anyone older than 16 is NOT a kid.

Juba Doobai! | June 9, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Send them all back. This is not about the mercy of refuge. This is invasion. They have home countries that are not war torn. Send them back whence they came regardless of their age. Load them all in an Air force cargo plane and send them back.

My question is, how are all of these kids arriving at the border? I’ll bet some leftist sugar daddy is underwriting the whole thing. Worse, our tax dollars are paying to transport these kids from their homes. Are parents being paid to part with their kids? Hello media??

There is a monstrous exploitation of children operating south of the border, and Dems are behind it. Oh, right, Dems care for children!!

    Sanddog in reply to JerryB. | June 9, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    That’s a good point. I was wondering this weekend if some democrat operative is behind the “come on in!” propaganda being spread in Central America. It’s a shame we no longer have an investigative media to look into that.

    JerryB in reply to JerryB. | June 9, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    More: The kids are being coached to claim fear of returning:

    Word has also spread in Mexico and Central America that once an immigrant claims something called “credible fear,” Border Patrol is legally obligated to grant them an interview to determine why they are afraid of returning to their home country.

    “Word has spread,” my backside. Kids just pick it up?

    Also, the gov’t is obfuscating:

    Instead [senior admin officials] argued that the children are fleeing violence and bad circumstances in their own countries.

    Behold, the narrative.

      Observer in reply to JerryB. | June 10, 2014 at 8:11 am

      The purpose of the scam is to give them “refugee” status. That way, they get visas quicker, and apparently there are no limits to the numbers that can come in.

      It appears to be coordinated, undoubtedly by one (or more) of the leftist organizations working with the Obama administration to “fundamentally transform” the U.S.

        Observer in reply to Observer. | June 10, 2014 at 8:13 am

        Also, “refugees” are entitled to more taxpayer benefits (i.e. welfare) than “immigrants.”

        Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Observer. | June 10, 2014 at 11:48 am

        and being “16” they’ll be “18” and able to vote (multiple tiems?) in the 2016 Dem primaires and election.

      Actually, they don’t even need to claim “refugee” status. If they can show “abandonment” by their parents (aka, both Mom and Dad have not been in their lives for 6 months) and no person is legally responsible for them, they can apply for a special type of expedited Green Card.

      It’s called “Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.” It allows them to live and work permanently in the United States. The trade-off is that you can NEVER petition for a Green Card for your Parents, nor can you Petition for Citizenship for your siblings.

      This has become a hot training area here in El Paso by the local “Migrant Services” legal aid division. There are some hoops to jump through, but they’re trying to get every attorney who ends up with a Juvenile client to get the “adjusted Status” as quickly as possible.

The real solution to the “crisis” is something we should have done decades ago: clear out the commies and crony despots who maintain the third-world hell-holes known as Central America. But this would get the trans-national companies in a snit. (Whoops – is “trans” a banned word?) Those companies like paying slave wages down there. If anyone on the left is looking for modern examples of slavery, there it is for all to see.

Juba Doobai! | June 10, 2014 at 2:50 am

We have all that military materiel being given to police all across the nation; it’s stuff that’s suitable for fighting wars and protecting borders. Why does the administration or Congress not send all of those tank busting grenade launchers, anti-crowd stuff to the borders? That’s where it would do most good protecting our national sovereignty.

Imagine that, caring liberal administration dumps children off on street to fend for themselves. Who loves you, Obama does, yes he does. Sentiment is all that matters, it’s the thought that counts. If the little urchins starve or get taken advantage of criminals pressed into the sex trade, that’s a sad consequence for which Obama takes no responsibility. What do you think happens to unattended children? It happens to runaways all the time. So basically Obama has set up a pedophile delight zone in Arizona’s cities where bus stops have become essentially a challenge free pick up point for under age dates and concubines. So now we can identify one of Obama’s voting blocks, pedophiles. How many of these children have disappeared into the black hole of porn snuff films?

BTW- the Nuremburg defense is not acceptable for any government official who knowingly follows orders that endangers the welfare of a child, even an illegal one.

Hey Governor Brewer, how about telling your CPS officers to file child abuse, neglect and abandonment charges against any official who participates in dumping children on the street? I’m sure the Texas Rangers would love an opportunity to cuff and frog march several federal officials to jail awaiting extradition to Arizona. It’s time to seize the initiative and place the blame for where it belongs, on Obama’s incompetence.

If you as liberal followers can’t even muster a criticism of Obama for placing children in danger, then what good is your belief in utopia on earth?

    AZ_Langer in reply to dscott. | June 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    The Maricopa County Attorney is threatening child abuse charges against the feds, but of course we know he’ll be targeted for the suggestion.

    Actually, any parent who brings or causes a child to cross our border should face charges.

      Just remember, the removal and parental termination proceedings give rise to the children being able to claim “Special Immigrant Juvenile Status” and be given an immediate Green Card. That may be what the Parents who sent their children here intended (on the possibly true belief that it will provide those children a better life). It’s a game of the system by using the rules to their children’s advantage, even if it means that they never see their children again.

Henry Hawkins | June 10, 2014 at 9:45 am

It’s likely the congress does nothing on immigration this summer and possible the Senate goes GOP this November rendering Obama full lame duck, so they need to drag as many illegals across as possible before a GOP-held congress does something to prevent it.

What kind of people break up their own families for immigration status?

    Henry Hawkins in reply to edgeofthesandbox. | June 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Mine. Both my parents were immigrants, seeking a better life in America, and they got it. They couldn’t bring everybody, nor would everybody come.

    Parents who realize that they will NEVER get to the United States either legally or illegally themselves (not enough capital, insufficient education, too long of a wait in the legal immigration cue, etc…).

    They make a tactical decision to get their children to the US and use the law as a sword in order to guarantee that those children get Green Cards and permanent resident status.

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