The NY Times reports on the next humanitarian crisis:
Wave of Minors on Their Own Rush to Cross Southwest Border
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — After a decade apart, 13-year-old Robin Tulio was finally heading to the border to be with his mother. A maid, living illegally in Baltimore, she had decided the time was right to smuggle her son into the United States.
Like so many others across Central America, Robin said his mother believed that the Obama administration had quietly changed its policy regarding unaccompanied minors and that if he made it across, he would have a better shot at staying.
She hired a smuggler, but Robin didn’t make it.
“It’s too hard,” he said after being caught in Mexico recently and sent home to Honduras. But his aborted journey helps explain why there has been a rush of migration of unaccompanied minors so severe that the United Nations [link] declared it a humanitarian crisis akin to refugees’ fleeing war.
Since Oct. 1, a record 47,017 unaccompanied children have been apprehended at the southwest United States border, most traveling from Central America, part of a larger wave that includes some youngsters accompanied by their parents and some traveling alone.
Now if you are thinking there is a connection between this children's crusade and Obama's June 2012 executive action deferring prosecution of young illegals, well, you don't have what it takes to report for the Times [or write editorials].
First, we hear from the silly, uninformed illegals:
Many say they are going because they believe that the United States treats migrant children traveling alone and women with their children more leniently than adult illegal immigrants with no children.
Next we get the truth from the Adminstration:
The Obama administration says the primary cause of the influx of children is rising crime and ailing economies in Central America, not policy changes in the United States.
“We have heard sort of rumors and reports, or suggestions, that the increase may be in response to the perception that children would be allowed to stay or that immigration reform would in some way benefit these children,” said Cecilia Muñoz, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, in a conference call with reporters on Monday. “It seems to be quite clear that what is driving this is what’s happening in their home countries.”
Officials said that recently arrived children would not benefit from the immigration bill passed by the Senate last year or from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that lets minors who meet certain criteria avoid deportation.
It is true that strictly speaking, recent illegal entrants won't qualify for Obama's Executive DREAM because they don't meet the requirement of five years in the US. That means kids caught at the border may well be sent back.
But the Times opened with a story of a ten-year illegal attempting to smuggle in her 13-year old. If she had succeeded, would Team Obama really have tried to make the case that the child was not a five year illegal resident?
The Times does push back ever so gently against the Administration line:
But even as the government moves to confront the situation, children, parents, immigration officials, lawyers and activists interviewed say that there has been a subtle shift in the way the United States treats minors.
That perception has inspired parents who have not seen their children for years to hire so-called coyotes, guides often associated with organized crime, to bring them north. It has prompted other parents to make the trip with toddlers in tow, something rarely seen before in the region.
“If you make it, they take you to a shelter and take care of you and let you have permission to stay,” Robin said after he stepped off a bus on a Thursday night with eight others caught on their way north. “When you appeal your case, if you say you want to study, they support you.”
Lest you wonder whether anyone could have foreseen that Obama's Executive DREAM would encourage illegal immigration by kids, we defer to Mickey Kaus, writing in April 2013:
Magnet on! Amnesty border rush starts
“Where do I go for my amnesty?” One reason I got interested in the immigration issue was the similarity between the … well, let’s call it Liberal BS of the welfare reform debate and the BS of the immigration debate. ...
Similarly, advocates of immigration amnesty would now like to deny the obvious: that even talk of amnesty is a powerful magnet for more illegal border-crossing. They should go to South Texas, where the rush has already started, according to a report from WOAI in San Antonio.
The Daily Caller easily found corroboration of WOAI’s account in official stats. Despite the assurance of DHS secretary Napolitano that the border’s secure and getting more so, Illegal crossings seem to have started rising in 2012. A couple of points:
–Nevertheless, something official did happen in 2012 Obama issued his de-facto executive DREAM Act–”deferred action” for young undocumented immigrants. Is it crazy to think that the huge jump in children being brought across the border (8,041 in 2008 to 24,481 in 2012) had something to do with this–e.g. parents bringing in their kids so they will qualify under the next “deferred action,” or under any future DREAM-like legislation?
The IBD made similar points in Dec 2013:
The Dream Act By Executive Order Draws In New Wave Of Illegal Immigrants
Immigration: The Border Patrol and other agencies report a "surge" of unaccompanied minors coming across our border. It coincides with the White House's de facto amnesty via the Dream Act to reward such lawbreaking.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement noted a "surge" in unaccompanied alien children in its year-end report last week, pointing out that 24,668 foreign minors in the country illegally were placed in the care of a federal de facto baby-sitting service because no parents were around to care for them.
Last year's number was a near doubling from 2012, and nearly quadruple what it was at the start of the decade, according to a report on Fox News.
CHERRY-PICKING THE UN REPORT: The UN reporters interviewed 404 children from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. The kids from Mexico are in a different legal world - they are instantly deported if caught, so Mexican gangs recruit them for all sorts of jobs.
The El Salvador kids describe a crazy level of violence. However, this is from the summaries for Guatemala and Hondiuras:
Sixty-two percent of the children did not mention serious harm as a reason for leaving. Eighty-four percent of the children shared hopes for family reunification, better opportunities for work or study, or helping their families as a reason for coming to the U.S.
Forty-three percent of the Honduran children did not mention serious harm as a reason for leaving. Twenty-one percent of the children discussed situations of deprivation. Similar to the children from Guatemala, 80% of the Honduran children shared their hopes for family reunification, better opportunities to work or study, or to help their families as a reason for leaving, but very few gave one of these as the only reason.