Second Surge of Illegal Immigrant Kids Builds

Once again the Southern Border is seeing an upswing in the number of “unaccompanied minors” sneaking across.

A huge wave of the Central American illegal immigrants nearly broke facilities designed to house them last summer and now officials believe a similar surge could break at any time thanks to Obama’s amnesty and loopholes in current law.

Authorities report having captured 15,647 children traveling without parents who tried to jump the border in the first six months of the fiscal year. Through this point in 2014, they had apprehended 28,579.

One of the loopholes in current policy concerns how illegals from Central America are treated relative to those from Mexico.

Among those is the policy that requires children from Central America to be released into the U.S. rather than quickly returned to their home countries. Once released, those children usually fail to appear for deportation proceedings.

The Congressional Research Service told Congress in late March that 62 percent of the children failed to show up for their cases before immigration judges from July through February. All of them were ordered deported, but the workload of officials made deportation unlikely in most cases.

Obama’s amnesty fiat has created an additional “pull factor” when it comes to illegal immigration just as predicted.

Adolfo F. Franco, a former official at the U.S. Agency for International Development overseeing Latin America and the Caribbean, urged Congress to try to reverse Mr. Obama’s deportation amnesty. He said the amnesty serves as further enticement for those who believe they can stay if they get into the U.S.

“There is a sense that the law in the U.S. has changed, and therefore it is easier to come to the United States and ultimately get a work permit and Social Security number,” Mr. Franco told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on March 25. “That is the driver and that is the pull factor, not the other isolated cases.”

Mr. Franco said the U.S. must change its law to speed deportations of Central Americans the same way it allows for quick turnaround of Mexicans caught trying to cross the border. Almost all Mexican juveniles are quickly sent home, which deters a much larger wave, analysts said.

Exactly as predicted, Obama’s amnesty and lack of enforcement have created conditions conducive to increasing the amount of illegal immigration. Perhaps the Obama Administration is just misguided in its policy or perhaps they know exactly what they are doing.  Without saying it, they are encouraging a surge of illegals who will then be given a work permit, Social Security number and eventually voting rights.