By Joe Guzzardi
June 25, 2014
On the southwestern border where Central American illegal immigrants have crossed with impunity, the focus has been on so called unaccompanied minors. But a more chilling story has recently unfolded. Border patrol agents confirm that known gang members are also coming illegally, turning themselves in and, claiming credible fear, receiving approval to enter. Even self-admitted gang members with easily identifiable head to toe tattoos are released, assuming they don’t have criminal records within the United States.
While agents acknowledge that violence is rampant in Central America, they suspect that the criminal aliens have been well coached about what to say. The magic words are: “If you return me, I’ll be killed.” At that point, the aliens are released and given a notice to appear in immigration court which they ignore.
The gang members belong to some of the most murderous organizations in Central America and Mexico, like MS-13, but Border Patrol agents have no options, especially if the illegal immigrants are classified as “minors.”
The more details that leak out about the border disaster, the uglier the picture gets. Not only are gang bangers coming in droves, but now that word has reached Central America that aliens are indeed being released, more are on the way.
Central American children jump on moving freight trains, so called “Death Trains,” to travel through Mexico to the U.S. hoping to arrive in time for President Obama’s long-promised amnesty. While they’re waiting for comprehensive immigration reform, they’ve learned from those who preceded them that they’ll be fed, housed and given medical attention.
Good thing they’re getting care. Without it, the U.S. could soon find itself in the grips of a medical crisis. Dr. Jane Orient, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons’ Executive Director said that admitting these huge groups of alien children from countries where medical screenings are minimal and hygiene is poor, the U. S. is at risk of viruses and serious disease epidemics that the nation hasn’t seen in decades.
Dr. Orient noted that the children have no vaccination history and are likely carriers of easily transmitted diseases, mainly highly contagious tuberculosis. Adding a frightening footnote, Dr. Orient also said that sending children away from their families at such a young age often leads to psychological trauma in early adulthood.
Even though aliens have told immigration officials that President Obama’s immigration reform assurance to Congress motivates them, and that they’re not fleeing violence, the White House has taken a strictly, “What, me worry?” attitude.
The Associated Press reported that White House officials familiar with the border onslaught have repeatedly refused to share information with the American public about how many alien families have been released. On at least seven occasions since June 9, in responses to direct questions to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, deputy secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, and Customs and Border Protection commissioner Gil Kerlikowske replied with “I have no news for you,” “I don’t have those numbers here,” “I don’t have the response,” and “I’ll get back to you.”
In what may be the most colossal lie in the White House’s five years of immigration duplicity, Earnest promised that he had a “clear commitment from this administration to deal with what is an emerging humanitarian situation.”
But as long as the amnesty is still on the table—and no word from Obama or Congress has officially pronounced it dead—the aliens will keep coming, and coming and coming.
Joe Guzzardi is a Californians for Population Stabilization Senior Writing Fellow whose columns have been nationally syndicated since 1987. Contact him at [email protected]