by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz
My friend Silvio Canto brought to my attention this article:
Wave of Minors on Their Own Rush to Cross Southwest Border (emphasis added)
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.
ICE told us there are undocumented kids traveling alone but couldn't give us #'s or ages. They are turned over to the refugee division.
— Jill Monier (@jillmonierfox10) June 4, 2014
Breitbart Texas obtained internal federal government photos depicting the conditions of foreign children warehoused by authorities on U.S. soil on Wednesday night. Thousands of illegal immigrants have overrun U.S. border security and their processing centers in Texas along the U.S./Mexico border. Unaccompanied minors, including young girls under the age of 12, are making the dangerous journey from Central America and Mexico, through cartel-controlled territories, and across the porous border onto U.S. soil.
This a perfect storm, formed by four factors:
- The U.S. government’s inability to develop solid immigration and border security policies,
- The immigrant’s belief that Obama administration had quietly changed its policy regarding unaccompanied minors, from leniency to downright permissiveness.
- The criminality and poverty of the immigrants’ home countries perpetuated by their corrupt governments.
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.
Face it: placing a small child under the “care” of a coyote, who actually is an agent of a drug cartel, to travel alone with no supervision, is a most irresponsible act. Realistically, the child can be used as a drug mule, a prostitute, and a hostage for ransom if the coyote believes the parents are able to put out more money, at any point during their journey.
American citizens who expose their children to risks such are charged with child abuse and jailed. Permitting such parents to remain on U.S. soil makes our government an accomplice.
Resources should be allocated to return these children to their home countries as promptly and humanely as possible. Since even White House Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz admits,
“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,”
the time to do it is now.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics and culture at Fausta’s Blog.