Over the past few years, tens of thousands of Central American children have flooded our southern border and almost none of them have been returned home. Instead, according to a new report by the Associated Press, most of them are being housed with fellow illegal aliens — often family members — and are straining our schools, health care, and social programs. And in the case of the Central American “child” who killed Sarah Root, some are straining our criminal justice system and killing Americans.
Here are the numbers from the Boston Globe via a FOIA request from the AP:
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Department of Health and Human Services provided data showing that 80 percent of the 71,000 mostly Central American children placed between February 2014 and September 2015 were sent to sponsors who were not here legally.
Another 6 percent were placed with adults who had temporary protected status, a US government program that has let some Central American citizens stay and work in the country legally for more than a decade. Four percent were sponsored by American citizens and 1 percent by immigrants facing deportation proceedings.
Chain migration from legal immigration is bad enough. The keys to our future membership is in the hands of the immigrants instead of the citizenry. But what we have today is chain migration from illegal immigration. A first wave of illegal immigrants come through our border or overstay tourist visas and then encourage the rest of their families, including children, to make the trip over. Rather than our government enforcing the law and reuniting the entire family by repatriating them back to their countries of origin, Obama’s Department of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services are rewarding the law-breakers by reuniting them on our soil.
This story reveals the great lie about amnesty. Proponents of amnesty say we have an obligation to legalize those already here, but at the same time they promise to enforce the laws in the future. The problem is that almost everyone in Latin America already has some relative living here legally and illegally. All they have to do is come here undetected and stay with a family member already living here — even illegally. What are we going to do about it? Deport them?
Meanwhile, our rural communities are experiencing an uptick in violence as a result of the open border. Earlier this week, at an immigration subcommittee hearing featuring victims of illegal aliens, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said that 95% of criminal aliens known to DHS are at large in the country, including those released “despite convictions that included a total of 473 homicide-related offenses, 375 kidnappings, 890 sexual assaults, and 10,731 assaults before their release.” Who is standing up for the American taxpayers and their security?
Congress would be wise to push Rep. Aderholt’s bill (H.R. 191), which would not only deport the new wave of illegals but identify the individuals housing them who are here illegally as well. Additionally, the bill would fix the loopholes for asylum, parole, and temporary protected status that Obama is abusing to ensure that none of these people are returned home.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.