Barack Obama pulled a fast one when he tried to allow 68,000 “children” to enter America illegally. He did so under the auspice of reuniting children with their parents.
Of course no Leftist considered how foolhardy the idea was. Who would invite 68,000 children to travel thousands of miles to hopefully see their parents? Put another way, would you want your 14-year old daughter to walk 2,000 miles to reunite with you?
Mother Jones wrote of one such child:
Audelina Aguilar set off on the six-week journey along the migrant trail at 14, leaving her parents and nine younger siblings behind in the highlands of rural Guatemala. She rode atop Mexican freight trains, from Chiapas in the south to Tamaulipas in the north…fought off a would-be rapist with the help of the only other woman in the group, who screamed, “She’s a baby!” She walked through the South Texas wilderness for four days, trying to steer clear of the assailant, who was still with the group, and of the human remains they encountered along the way.
As for the influx of over 68,000 children, they were practically invited by Obama.
Here’s what Vox wrote:
After 2011, the US saw a rapid increase in the number of unaccompanied children crossing into the US illegally. Most of them came from Central America. In spring and summer 2014, the number of children reached a crisis point. During fiscal year 2014 (October 2013-September 2014), 68,541 unaccompanied children were apprehended at the US/Mexico border— a 77 percent increase over the previous year.
At the same time, there was a rapid increase in the number of parents arriving with young children. In fact, nearly as many family units (68,445) were apprehended at the border in fiscal year 2014 as unaccompanied children — over three times as many families as were apprehended the previous year. Both of these influxes were concentrated in the Rio Grande Valley on the Texas/Mexico border.
This influx of Central Americans began with Obama. And it was done under a program called CAM.
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Here is information about CAM from the government website.
The CAM program was established in 2014 to provide certain minors in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras the opportunity to be considered, while still in their home country, for refugee resettlement in the United States. Individuals who were determined to be ineligible for refugee status were then considered by USCIS for the possibility of entering the United States under parole.
And in case you wonder why the second influx occurred recently, here is your answer:
On July 26, 2016, Department of State (DOS) and DHS announced that the CAM program would expand to include additional eligible family members when accompanied by a qualifying child:
- Son(s) and/or daughter(s) of a U.S.-based lawfully-present parent who are married and/or over 21 years old;
- The in-country biological parent of the qualifying child; and
- Caregiver of a qualifying child who is either related to the U.S.-based qualifying parent or qualifying child.
Beginning Nov. 15, 2016, DOS accepted applications requesting access to the program for these additional eligible family members. For more information, please see the DOS’s Central American Minors (CAM) program page.
Well now, this has ended.
As the Washington Times reports:
The Trump administration provided adequate justification for its decision to end a program that reunited hundreds of immigrants from Central America with family members in the U.S., a federal judge ruled Monday.
Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler threw out the bulk of a lawsuit that argued the termination of the Obama-era Central American Minors program was arbitrary and violated the U.S. Constitution.
The program allowed parents here legally to apply to bring in children or other relatives living in South America.
One main goal was discouraging children from making the dangerous journey to the U.S. to be with family.
President Trump right to protect America’s immigration policy. Perhaps more importantly, he was correct to discourage children from endangering their lives. Leftists hardly discuss this aspect of illegal immigration.