Anyone with half a brain knows that everything Obama has said and done on the amnesty front has been a big lie. The problem of his credibility is that now, people in Mexico and Central America also realize that our glorious leader is full of hot air. They all know he has literally no intention of deporting anyone illegally crossing the border.
In fact, many of the illegals, upon crossing the US border and receiving their documents from US immigration officials feel like this is essentially a permit to enter the United States. The system is currently being overwhelmed with a flood of new illegals and without enough room to house everyone until each case can be judged, the border patrol is simply letting people go, with their promise to report voluntarily to immigration officials later.
As you might expect, our amazing community organizer in chief is trying to spin these events. His White House is trying to blame this new flood of families (and even unaccompanied minor children) crossing the border on recent violence in Central America. The problem with this is two-fold. First, Central America is no stranger to turmoil and it is not particularly more violent than before (in many places, there is actually more peace and tranquility than there has been in a number of years). Second, the numbers just don’t support the claim. The flow of minors coming to the US illegally had been pretty consistent for over a decade…until quite recently.
The Christian Science Monitor reported that cases of illegal minors had averaged between 7,000 and 8,000 per year between 2002 and 2011. In fact, there were 6,560 cases in 2011. But the next year, this number jumped to 13,625 and this fiscal year (which ends on September 30, 2014) will see an estimated 80,000 cases. This is according to an internal memo cited by The New York Times.
This is due to Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It started in 2012 and was to allow “some” undocumented immigrants who came to America as minors to defer deportation for two years. The problem is that this is not really a temporary program, only an excuse for Obama to allow more and more illegals in. That two year time limit made no sense then and it makes no sense now, either.
Any type of Amnesty program being currently discussed, whether DACA or DREAM, has random and arbitrary ages, dates, or deadlines that really make no sense. This is what the Central Americans have figured out. If our wonderful community organizer in chief is not going to deport DACA eligible immigrants today, he probably won’t do it tomorrow, either.
This is the big reason why Texas Governor Rick Perry has asked Obama to change his immigration policies. By allowing them to go with just their ‘promise’ of appearing in court, the situation is only made worse. A policy change to actually send these kids and families back home is needed, rather than simply turning them loose.
What do YOU think? Is our immigration situation broken? Has Obama helped or made the situation even worse? Is DACA a good idea? What about the DREAM Act? How should we change our policies? What about the flood of children illegally entering the US now?