Congress woman Nancy Pelosi hailed the US Mexican border crisis currently under way, involving the illegal crossing of thousands of children into the country, as a humanitarian opportunity after a tour of a border holding facility- stating; - “We are all Americans – North and South in the hemisphere.”
The question is how many Americans would agree with her sentiments.
According to Investor’s Business Daily; - newspapers and television stations throughout Central America are falsely reporting that migrants will receive amnesty if they can make it through the Mexican border and a veteran’s lawmen’s organisation has declared the move orchestrated.
This view does resonate as its unlikely children en masse would wake up one morning and decide to embark on a journey into America via Mexico. Adults have obviously organised and guided these forays, with some blaming the Mexican drug cartels in abetting this situation by providing guides known as coyotes- connected with these gangs- in the organisation and assistance of these expeditions.
It is estimated that 48 000 undocumented children have attempted to cross the border since 2008.
Although the White house denies the amnesty rumours as the cause of the recent influx, as reported on in Central America, The New York Times reports that a subtle shift in the way the US treats minors cannot be discounted. That perception has inspired parents who have not seen their children in years to hire so-called coyotes, guides often associated with organised crime to bring them North.
The end result being that the US is holding an unaccompanied growing number of juveniles – the ones who aren’t Mexican citizens and can’t immediately be sent back across the border.
The Obama administration recently requested an additional $1.4 billion to meet the rising costs of transportation, housing, feeding and educating minors in U S custody.
Some have accused Obama of encouraging illegal immigration with a Right Scoop blog post stating;
“Obama has basically hung an ‘Illegals Welcome’ sign over America’s proverbial doorpost with his amnesty policies.” He is also under fire from those who want him to take unilateral action to welcome the detained children. One, Ruben Navarrette, for CNN. com says, “From all appearances these kids aren’t immigrants but refugees. They’re here because they couldn’t be anywhere else, and they had no choice but to come. We’re supposed to take in people like this, and offer them safe haven.”
The immigration issue is a political football, with alienation on the right, and increased Hispanic democratic turnout and support on the left.
Meanwhile a border patrol agent has voiced his disproval of Pelosi’s opinion stating that “I don’t see thousands and thousands of people flooding the borders as an opportunity”
The cost of this – immigration- is too high according to the border patrol spokesman.
And with the US running a national deficit of trillions of dollars he does have a valid point.
Many people feel that immigration control should not be the preserve of Border Patrol but that they should rather focus on criminal control and containment, the job they’re supposed to be doing.
According to Homeland Security records more than 181000 illegal aliens crossed the border since October 2013, about 52 000 of those being minors. This equates to about an average of 1,200 daily.