By Joe Guzzardi
June 23, 2014
In yet another example of setting fire to taxpayer money, the White House announced that to slow Central American illegal immigration, it would give more than $100 million in new aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The money allegedly will be used for repatriation assistance for returning nationals and the creation of at risk youth programs to discourage future illegal entry.
The U.S also pledged to set aside $162 million this year for the Central American Regional Security Initiative. The total $250 million is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the $2 billion the Senate recently approved to temporarily house, feed and clothe the aliens. Curiously, while the government is incapable of caring for U.S. military vets, funds are readily available to illegal immigrants and their sending countries.
There’s no valid reason to think that throwing more money at Central America for unspecified programs that incompetent governments will oversee would stop aliens from coming, at least as long as the administration’s open borders policy remains alive and well.
What might stem the alien tide would be fewer invitations from President Obama and Vice President Biden. In recent days, Obama and Biden have sent aliens welcoming messages. Two weeks ago, delivering a major address to the National Association of Manufacturers, Biden called for “a constant, unrelenting stream of immigrants,” which, despite sustained high U.S. unemployment, he claimed is badly needed. Earlier this year, Biden told the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that, as far as he’s concerned, “Eleven million undocumented aliens are already American citizens.”
Then, last week at a lavish White House ceremony, the White House honored ten illegal immigrants, calling them “champions of change.” Ironically, the ten were among the childhood arrivals granted deferred action, Obama’s 2012 program that’s often cited as a leading contributor to the current border shambles.
As part of his Latin America tour, Biden traveled to Guatemala where he blamed President Otto Perez Molina for “the lack of the rule of law” which has triggered the crisis. But “the lack of the rule of law” in the U.S.—immigration law, that is—is the main enabler for Central American aliens. Numerous confirmed border reports indicate that the crossers have been told by their U.S. relatives that once they get inside the U.S. they won’t be returned.
As advocacy lawyers descend on the border, the likelihood that the children will return, despite the administration’s lip service to the idea, grows dimmer. The ACLU, Kids in Need of Defense, and the National Immigrant Justice Center are working in tandem to insure that the aliens can appeal for permanent status, an easily achievable goal. A United Nations High Commissioner of Refugee Rights report predicted that pursuant to international conventions, nearly 60 percent of the children are likely eligible for humanitarian protection.
Meanwhile, the administration ignores practical, affordable solutions offered by border state governors. In his letter to Obama, Texas Governor Rick Perry invited the president to visit the border to see the crisis firsthand. Perry also asked for 1,000 National Guard troops and helicopters to help patrol the border.
So far, perhaps indicating his unwillingness to be photographed surrounded by the mess he’s created and his tacit approval of new, uncontrollable waves of illegal immigration waves, Obama hasn’t replied.
Joe Guzzardi is a Californians for Population Stabilization Senior Writing Fellow whose columns have been nationally syndicated since 1987. Contact him at [email protected]