Sorry for the length of this post, but there are three related news articles about this current illegal immigration crisis that you should read.
From KVOA (Tucson):
Emails reviewed by the News 4 Tucson Investigators show the Homeland Security Department was warned of the coming Central American exodus in 2011. So why wasn’t the Obama Administration prepared for the migrant child crisis it’s now facing?
Blanca Celada fled the violence and poverty of El Salvador in 2009. She wanted to reach the U.S. for a peaceful life. Instead, she found the same corruption and ugly violence she was running from, right here on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Celada and her husband run a shelter in Nogales, Sonora, for migrants intending to cross the border illegally. Earlier this month, 20 Mexican police officers raided her shelter. They stole the personal belongings of 20 people, mostly Central Americans heading for the U.S. They even disabled a security camera.
“It’s not right that they come here and do things like this,” she said, one recent morning as she stood on the top deck of her shelter. “They’re here supposedly to watch out for one, to protect one and to help one.”
The news article poses the question, So why wasn’t the Obama Administration prepared for the migrant child crisis it’s now facing?
Perhaps they wanted this crisis to happen.
This is not the only report. From the Washington Post:
Obama aides were warned of brewing border crisis
Nearly a year before President Obama declared a humanitarian crisis on the border, a team of experts arrived at the Fort Brown patrol station in Brownsville, Tex., and discovered a makeshift transportation depot for a deluge of foreign children.
Thirty Border Patrol agents were assigned in August 2013 to drive the children to off-site showers, wash their clothes and make them sandwiches. As soon as those children were placed in temporary shelters, more arrived. An average of 66 were apprehended each day on the border and more than 24,000 cycled through Texas patrol stations in 2013. In a 41-page report to the Department of Homeland Security, the team from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) raised alarms about the federal government’s capacity to manage a situation that was expected to grow worse.
The researchers’ observations were among the warning signs conveyed to the Obama administration over the past two years as a surge of Central American minors has crossed into south Texas illegally. More than 57,000 have entered the United States this year, swamping federal resources and catching the government unprepared.
So they were doing logistical work to prepare for this crisis back as far back as 2012 (you can see that from later on in the Post article. But check this (also from the Post):
Meanwhile, top officials focused much of their attention on political battles, such as Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and the push to win congressional support for a broad immigration overhaul, that would have been made more difficult with the addition of a high-profile border crisis.
And then we have from the El Paso Times:
UTEP study: Child migrant surge 3 years in the making
Smugglers may be exploiting the process that U.S. border law enforcement officials are required to follow in the case of undocumented child immigrants from Central America who is apprehended at the border, according to a report by the University of Texas at El Paso’s National Center for Border Security and Immigration.
The report “Unaccompanied Alien Children Project” also said the surge of undocumented immigrant children from Central America was three years in the making.
In a section titled “What UTEP Found,” the report said researchers were told by border security officers in South Texas that a lack of deterrence was contributing to the problem.
“Officers are certain that (unaccompanied child immigrants) are aware of the relative lack of consequences they will receive when apprehended at the U.S. border,” the report said.
Smugglers know that child immigrants apprehended at the border will be reunited with relatives in the U.S. pending the disposition of their immigration hearings.
“This process appears to be exploited by illegal alien smugglers and family members in the United States who wish to reunited with separated children,” the report said.
BTW, here is the UTEP study cited in the El Paso Times article.
And, of course, don’t forget about the FedBizOpps solicitation: Escort Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children (Dated January 29, 2014).
The evidence that this was a deliberate effort is mounting.