When illegal immigrant Maria and her two children arrived in El Paso from Guatemala, the first words they heard from immigration officials were the ones they’d been hoping for: “You’re free. You can leave.”
Allegedly, Maria and her family are on the way to Tennessee to reunite with her sister. But no one really knows. The only thing that’s certain is that she won’t show up for her July 8 date in immigration court. Since few ordered to appear ever do, Maria is unlikely to be one of the exceptions.
According to Maria, she has no money and is afraid to travel – but, not, apparently afraid enough not to make the arduous and dangerous trip through Mexico lured by the prospect of eventual U.S. permanent residency.
News about the inundation of unaccompanied Central American minors into the U.S. southwest is breaking so quickly that it’s hard to keep current. Illegal immigrant youth are crossing the southern border at a rate expected to total 130,000 next year – a 2,000 percent increase from 2011. Although President Obama originally ordered Congress to allocate $1.6 billion to the Federal Management Emergency Agency to shelter and feed the minors, the White House now estimates the cost of what it deceptively calls “resettling” the alien children will reach $2.3 billion within a single year.
No end is in sight. High-ranking federal officials like Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson parrot the too familiar lies that children traveling alone in “search of a better life” should be treated differently than adult aliens. There may be a shred of truth in that deceit except that the aliens’ crossings are part of a well-orchestrated effort, fully supported by the White House, to violate U.S. immigration laws. Obama’s welcome-the-world message has been heard loudly and clearly across the globe.
Obama isn’t the only one to blame for the ongoing scandal. Congressional Republican leadership has not only failed to oppose Obama and possibly bring impeachment charges for the dereliction of his sworn duty to uphold all the laws, but also has sent encouraging signals to foreign nationals that amnesty legislation will pass this summer. Those who read those reports in the Spanish language newspapers that heavily cover U.S. immigration policy are packing their suitcases this very minute.