Just when you thought you had seen it all, something comes along to remind you that, as my dad used to say, “Nothing is so good that it couldn't be better or so bad that it couldn't get worse!”
For decades, a succession of administrations from both political parties made a mockery of our nation's borders and immigration laws by not securing the borders and not enforcing the immigration laws from within the interior of the United States.
Furthermore, immigration benefit fraud completed the lawless “trifecta.”
These failures are hardly “victimless crimes.” The impact has been felt across the United States, with significant repercussions for national security, public safety, public health and healthcare, the economy, employment and a host of other issues.
America's immigration laws were enacted to protect innocent lives and the jobs of American workers.
The 9/11 Commission identified failures of the immigration system as contributing greatly to the ability of terrorists to enter the United States and then embed themselves, hiding in plain sight. The irrefutable truth is that America's borders and immigration laws are the country’s first line of defense and last line of defense.
Consider that under 8 USC § 1324 – Bringing in and harboring certain aliens, a section of law within the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), it is a felony to aid, abet, encourage or induce aliens to enter our country illegally or remain in our country illegally.
On December 19, 2013, the website Townhall.com ran two important reports. One was the second part of a multi-part interview I gave to radio talk show host and columnist Armstrong Williams in which I explained why I object to Comprehensive Immigration Reform. (Part 1 was published the previous day):
Coincidentally on December 19, 2013, Townhall.com and various other news organizations ran a story that was almost impossible to believe.
The Townhall.com website posted this report with the unambiguous title:
Here is the astonishing first paragraph from the report:
According to a court order obtained by Townhall, the Department of Homeland Security is enabling cartel trafficking of minors, delivering those minors to illegals living inside the United States and completing criminal transactions for illegal immigrants.
Here is a brief excerpt from the story that provides a synopsis of what now passes for “business as usual” for the DHS, an agency that not only lacks sufficient resources, but is so bereft of a moral and legal compass that I have come to refer to it as the Department of Homeland Surrender. This excerpt focuses on the statement by U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen:
This Court is quite concerned with the apparent policy of the Department of Homeland Security completing the criminal mission of individuals who are violating the border security of the United States.
Essentially, illegal immigrants living in the United States are paying human traffickers connected to Mexican cartels to smuggle their children into the U.S. Although Nava-Martinez [the smuggler] was arrested and charged, the minor was delivered to her mother living illegally in Virginia by DHS, automatically making the minor eligible for President Obama's DREAMers program. Further Salmeron-Santos, who illegally hired a human trafficker to smuggle her daughter across an international border, isn’t facing charges.
Cartel-linked alien smugglers are among the most violent and pernicious criminals to be found on this planet. To encourage anyone to use their “services” to accomplish anything, especially the smuggling of children, is so dangerous that it twists my brain just imagining that the DHS would send such an outrageous message through its action and lack of action and leaves me uncharacteristically speechless!
Aptly summarizing the absurdity of the situation, Judge Hanen also said:
The DHS policy is as logical as taking illegal drugs or weapons that it has seized from smugglers and delivering them to the criminals who initially solicited their illegal importation/exportation. DHS should enforce the laws of the United States – not break them.