Based on newly publicized deportation numbers and White House plans, President Barack Obama is extending a big “Vete a la chingada” to the majority of Americans who want thousands of unaccompanied young illegal immigrants sent back to their native countries.
A recent Rasmussen poll discovered that 52 percent of Americans want the children shipped back to their home countries. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said that illegal immigrants who are allowed to stay should be thoroughly processed and vetted.
Among Americans polled, 53 percent said that countries like Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, where the most illegal immigrants are coming from, should reimburse U.S. taxpayers for “the cost of handling this situation.”
The July 6 poll also found that a strong majority of Americans throughout the country, 76 percent, are closely following reports of the immigration crises. Forty-six percent of those staying informed about the situation believe that the Obama Administration is to blame for the border crisis for having “encouraged this wave of illegal immigration.” The same percentage classifies Obama’s handling of the situation as “poor.” A paltry 28 percent said that the Obama Administration is doing a good job handling the immigration crisis.
The White House has worked in recent weeks to dispel rumors that the President is to blame for the border crisis.
But even if Obama is keen on attempting to quell the flood of illegal immigration now that the situation is poised to spiral out of control, his Democratic colleagues aren’t likely to help. Obama has denied that his policies have anything to do with the influx of illegal immigrants, blaming a 2008 law that has made it more difficult for the Department of Homeland Security to send some of the children back to their home countries.
Last week, the President asked Congress to reverse the legislation.
But Democrats are not likely to budge on even narrow changes to the Nation’s immigration policy. In particular, many on the left object to reversing the 2008 law, which was intended to inhibit human trafficking south of the border and which guarantees asylum to children who claim to be the victims of crime or abuse.
Obama’s tactic of blaming a George W. Bush-era law and his halfhearted attempt to reverse it, however, should be overshadowed by overall deportation statistics.
As the Los Angeles Times points out:
The number of immigrants under 18 who were deported or turned away at ports of entry fell from 8,143 in 2008, the last year of the George W. Bush administration, to 1,669 last year, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data released under a Freedom of Information Act request.
Similarly, about 600 minors were ordered deported each year from nonborder states a decade ago. Ninety-five were deported last year, records show, even as a flood of unaccompanied minors from Central America — five times more than two years earlier — began pouring across the Southwest border.
In 2008, more young illegal immigrants were deported than any other year between 2003 and 2013. Some of the most drastic drops in minor illegal immigrant deportations have occurred since the 2012 implementation of the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals program.
In the decade before Obama’s DACA program went into effect, between 7,000 and 8,000 unaccompanied minors landed in the care of border authorities each year. In fiscal year 2011, only 6,560 unaccompanied minors were apprehended. The year after DACA was enacted, 13,625 unaccompanied young illegal immigrants reportedly landed in Border Patrol custody.
Since October, more than 52,000 children and teens crossing the border illegally have been apprehended.
On Monday, the White House attempted to dispel criticism for Obama’s handling of the immigration crisis by claiming, without reference to any clear plan, that “most” of the young illegals being released throughout the country will eventually be sent home.
“Based on what we know about these cases, it is unlikely that most of these kids will qualify for humanitarian relief,” spokesman Josh Earnest said. “And what that means is, it means that they will not have a legal basis for remaining in this country and will be returned.”
But comparing the Administration’s words to the President’s actions, it seems the White House contradicts itself daily.
Obama has vowed to take a unilateral approach to immigration reform, the trappings of which are foreshadowed in a recent National Journal report on a meeting the President had with immigration advocates at the White House June 30.
Via National Journal’s Major Garrett:
Obama made it clear he would press his executive powers to the limit. He gave quiet credence to recommendations from La Raza and other immigration groups that between 5 million to 6 million adult illegal immigrants could be spared deportation under a similar form of deferred adjudication he ordered for the so-called Dreamers in June 2012.
That executive action essentially lifted the threat of prosecution and deportation for about 670,000 undocumented residents–those older than 15 and younger than 31 who had been brought to America before their 16th birthday.
Obama has now ordered the Homeland Security and Justice departments to find executive authorities that could enlarge that non-prosecutorial umbrella by a factor of 10. Senior officials also tell me Obama wants to see what he can do with executive power to provide temporary legal status to undocumented adults. And he will shift Immigration Control and Enforcement resources from the interior to the border to reduce deportations of those already here and to beef up defenses along the border.
It seems Americans have only seen the first wave of the immigration “crisis.” But based on the White House’s actions it’s no crisis at all for the left. It’s a plan to change immigration policy in three parts: overwhelm the system, distract the public and unilaterally change the law to “fix” the situation.