Thursday, 17 July 2014 16:22

Border Crisis Causes Support for “Immigration Reform” to Drop

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As the severe crisis on our southern border — especially the influx of thousands of unaccompanied children who have come here illegally from Central America — receives daily coverage by the media, prospects of Congress passing “immigration reform” legislation during this session are becoming very unlikely. 

What’s more, a recent Pew Research Center poll indicates that a majority of Americans favor speeding up the process of deporting Central American children who are in the nation illegally. A majority also disapprove of the way President Obama is handling the illegal immigration problem.

The odds of the House even voting on the “Gang of Eight” bill passed by the Senate on June 27, 2013 were looking very slim even before the border crisis became the leading story in the news. But as the influx grew impossible to ignore, President Obama decided to take matters into his own hands. On June 30, he said would use his executive authority to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.”

In response to Obama’s statement, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said, “The crisis at our southern border reminds us all of the critical importance of fixing our broken immigration system. It is sad and disappointing that — faced with this challenge — President Obama won't work with us, but is instead intent on going it alone with executive orders that can't and won't fix these problems.”

Boehner added that Obama’s previous executive orders “have led directly to the humanitarian crisis.”

Both Obama and Republican leaders have used almost identical language in referring to the large numbers of unaccompanied children as a “humanitarian crisis” (which, despite its preventable causes, is true), as well as saying that our immigration system is “broken” and needs to be “fixed.”

On July 8, Obama sent a letter to Boehner requesting emergency supplemental appropriations in the amount of $3.7 billion to “comprehensively address” the “urgent humanitarian situation” on “on both sides of the Southwest border.”

However, when the details of the president’s request were released, they immediately came under fire. In an analysis of the request, Dan Cadman of the Center for Immigrations Studies had this to say:

While administration leaders publicly claim they are working to effectively stem the tide of arrivals and ensure their speedy removal, everything about the budget request suggests this is more about resettlement, prolonging removal proceedings into infinity, and then quietly letting the tens of thousands of most recent arrivals recede into the woodwork of society to join the more than 840,000 aliens who are already fugitives from immigration courts around the country.

As we noted in our article on July 8, even a recently released Department of Homeland Security report acknowledged that the government’s failure to deport those who have entered the United States illegally is among the “pull factors” prompting more people to follow suit.

As the immigration crisis worsened and cast more doubt on the Obama administration’s ability to handle the unmanageable tide of illegal border crossers, on July 14 the administration finally took a very small step at doing what it should have been doing for years — deporting the illegal immigrants. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that about 40 illegal immigrants were placed on a plane in Roswell, New Mexico, and flown to Honduras.

“As President Obama, the vice president and [Homeland Security] Secretary [Jeh] Johnson have said, our border is not open to illegal migration, and we will send recent illegal migrants back,” ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said.

Considering that the Obama administration estimates that 60,000 children unaccompanied by parents or relatives will pour into the United States this year, the effect (or lack thereof) of deporting 40 illegal immigrants is obvious.

However, the administration is engaged in a difficult balancing act — starting to deport a handful of illegals to cater to public demands that it do something, while risking alienating members of its own party.

The New York Times noted in a July 17 article:

In a sign of the pressure on the president from all sides, on Wednesday Obama’s Democratic allies in Congress, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California and the members of the Hispanic Caucus, vowed to oppose his plans to make the deportation of the children easier.

“Is the only immigration bill we’re going to have one that hurts children?” Pelosi said in an interview.

Basically, noted the Times report, the administration is trying to have its cake and eat it, too, by selectively deciding which illegal immigrants should be deported and which should be allowed to stay:

Inside the West Wing and at the Justice and Homeland Security departments, administration lawyers have been working to find consistent legal justifications for speeding up the deportations of Central American children at the border while preparing to ease up on deportations of long-settled immigrants in the country’s interior.

Despite this latest charade, opinion polls indicate that the public’s view of the Obama administration’s immigration policy is less than favorable and that amnesty for illegal immigrants (usually described as “a path to citizenship”) has also fallen from favor.

A July 16 NBC/Marist battleground Senate poll taken in Iowa (considered a key political state because its caucuses are held in early January of presidential election years and are the first major electoral event of the nominating process for president) indicated that “48 percent of those polled oppose creating an opportunity for citizenship for immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally even if they have a job, and 46 percent support this proposed legislation.”

This “opportunity for citizenship” — effectively amnesty — was a major stumbling block that has caused conservative members of the House to oppose the “Gang of Eight” bill passed by the Senate last year.

A July 8-14 poll taken by the Pew Research Center asked, “With an increasing number of Central American children entering the country illegally,” what should the U.S. response be? Fifty-three percent said we should speed up the process, even if some who are eligible for asylum are deported. Only 39 percent said we should follow our current policy, though the process could take a long time.

The Pew poll also reported that just 28 percent of those surveyed said they approve of the way that President Obama is handling the crisis, while 56 percent disapprove.

A report in the July 16 Washington Post noted that the latest Gallup poll has shown a rapid increase in immigration as a major area of concern among Americans. When asked “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” 17 percent answered “Immigrations/Illegal Aliens”— the top choice. Only a month earlier, only five percent chose “Immigrations/Illegal Aliens” while 20 percent named the economy as the number-one problem.

The Post writer concluded: “Comprehensive immigration reform is dead. The border crisis should prevent its reincarnation.”

Photo of illegal immigrants being held at a Border Patrol station in Texas: AP Images

Related articles:  

Obama Admin. Blames Bush-Era Law for Failure to Deport Illegals

Former Border Patrol Agents: Illegal Immigration Crisis "Contrived”

Ron Paul Exposes Ill Effects of Illegal Immigrants on Hospitals

Key Players Comment on Immigration Crisis

Illegal Immigrant “Children” Include MS-13 Gang Members

Obama Opens Borders, Releases Illegal Immigrants Into U.S.

DHS: Flow of Illegal Immigrants Encouraged by U.S. Failure to Deport

2 comments

  • Comment Link Old Mullet Friday, 18 July 2014 08:17 posted by Old Mullet

    A first indication of the "truth" is in the photo accompanying this article. Note that none of the individuals have faces. They have either covered them or the photo was manipulated to hide them. Also, note the good clothing and physical size of these "children" from 3rd world countries. While our federal government (and states also) vacillate and trade emails (reminds me of the paper plane notes tossed across the room in grade school) and throw verbal rocks at each other, we should be aware that they continue to pat each other on the shoulders while having political dinner on our dime (billion dollars). It is interesting to note that both "sides" of this equation spout loudly about emigration/immigration reform yet both are ignoring the laws that worked for over 200 years. Unfortunately we haven't set up laws (with consequences) for ethical and moral duty (by oath) of our current leadership for the U.S.A. Our nation has become a laughing stock of the world as they watch us crumble from within while the D.C. Nero s fiddle our freedoms away. Noting Ms. Preston's comments is worthy of existing laws. It also enforces the lack of patriotism in high places that seem to ignore those basic laws. We need to push all those who enter our nation illegally right back across the border from which they came. We need to sanction that nation for human trafficking as well as their lack of humanitarian care that will surely follow. Why must we (American tax payers) assume responsibility for law breaking non-citizens with no stated reason to come here but to take advantage of the U.S. good? Have the Obamas and the Clintons volunteered the use of their summer homes as hotels for these criminals? Certainly none of the Hollywood celebs have, nor the residents of the South Hamptons. Who is it that's promoting and supporting this illegal journey for those lawbreakers? Get some of that mad-on with Russia and smear it on those people since they are invading the U.S.A. and bogging down our military resources. It IS an invasion. Wake up America. (This is not a "Left/Right" issue) If we lose our Democratic Republic, serfdom will abound.

  • Comment Link Heidi Preston Friday, 18 July 2014 02:31 posted by Heidi Preston

    Because this is a child/women trafficking issue and not an immigration issue (they have no papers or screening which allowed them in), the system set up for this has failed miserably. Someone financed all these transports, arranged this and put it into action. If it was the drug cartel in Central America and Mexico, then they too are responsible for this inter agency failure.
    According to the Department of State Diplomacy in action-Intelligence reform and Terrorism Act of 2004 Title V11 implementation of 9/11 commission
    Subtitle B--Terrorist Travel and Effective Screening SEC. 7201. COUNTERTERRORIST TRAVEL INTELLIGENCE.

    "SEC. 7202. ESTABLISHMENT OF HUMAN SMUGGLING AND TRAFFICKING CENTER. (a) ESTABLISHMENT.--There is established a Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center (referred to in this section as the ''Center'').

    (b) OPERATION.--The Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Attorney General shall operate the Center in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding entitled,''Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center (HSTC), Charter''.

    (c) FUNCTIONS.--In addition to such other responsibilities as the President may assign, the Center shall--

    (1) serve as the focal point for interagency efforts to address terrorist travel;

    (2) serve as a clearinghouse with respect to all relevant information from all Federal Government agencies in support of the United States strategy to prevent separate, but related, issues of clandestine terrorist travel and facilitation of migrant smuggling and trafficking of persons;

    (3) ensure cooperation among all relevant policy, law enforcement, diplomatic, and intelligence agencies of the Federal Government to improve effectiveness and to convert all information available to the Federal Government relating to clandestine terrorist travel and facilitation, migrant smuggling, and trafficking of persons into tactical, operational, and strategic intelligence that can be used to combat such illegal activities; and

    (4) prepare and submit to Congress, on an annual basis, a strategic assessment regarding vulnerabilities in the United States and foreign travel system that may be exploited by international terrorists, human smugglers and traffickers, and their facilitators.

    (d) REPORT.--Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the President shall transmit to Congress a report regarding the implementation of this section, including a description of the staffing and resource needs of the Center.

    (e) RELATIONSHIP TO THE NCTC.--As part of its mission to combat terrorist travel, the Center shall work to support the efforts of the National Counterterrorism Center.


    me- "OPERATION.--The Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Attorney General shall operate the Center in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding entitled,''Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center (HSTC), Charter''.
    This is the best our security forces can do with a bunch of little kids, gang members and women??? Imagine if a herd of real drug cartels decided to rush the boards. The logistics alone need to be questioned....how was this allowed to happen?

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