As President Obama and lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to hint at some form of amnesty in the next few months, tens-of-thousands of illegal immigrants are pouring over our open Southern Border with Mexico in hopes of getting in on the deal. The same thing happened last year when the Gang of 8 was working on its legislation but this time, we're seeing a crisis in the making.
The Washington Times reported yesterday that 60,000 children have been dropped off in Texas or traveled on their own across the border to get there.
Children traveling without their families, including an “overwhelming” number younger than 12, are flooding across the southwestern border in the latest test of the Obama administration’s immigration policy.
Homeland Security Officials predict that 60,000 minors will cross the border this year and that the number will double next year, accounting for an astonishing percentage of people trying to jump the border — braving the tremendous perils of crossing Mexico and trying to evade border authorities, hoping to eventually connect with family in the U.S.
Today, local reports out of Tucson show Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has been moving hundreds of illegal immigrants from Texas to Arizona, not back to Mexico, and is dropping them off on street corners downtown.
Hundreds of undocumented immigrants detained as far away as Texas are being released under supervision in Tucson. But getting to their next destination leaves them on their own.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has said that it does not want to put children in detention centers and it does not want to split up families. ICE releases those families with the condition that they contact ICE for their next court date once they reach their destination in this country.
But last weekend ICE dropped more people at the downtown Greyhound station than there were seats on the buses.
Wednesday afternoon a government van dropped a group of people at the bus station. ICE said that last weekend as many as 400 were left there over the past few days, and that many of them had been stopped in south Texas.
The families, which are from Mexico and Central America, after they are released, contact those who were waiting for them in this country. But sometimes the time is too late to get help from those contacts for a bus ticket. Casa Mariposa has been flooded with people needing a place to stay.
"Releasing people without tickets is endangerment to them and its a public health and safety crisis that Tucson needs to deal with," Wilson said.
ICE said that it is adjusting the rate at which it drops people at the station, and Greyhound is bringing more buses and staying open later. CBP did not have a formal explanation as to why south Texas detainees are being transferred to Tucson. One could be available later this week.
As previously reported here, ICE is also helping to deliver children to illegals already living in the U.S. and has been complicit in cartel human trafficking of minors according to court documents.
According to a court order obtained by Townhall, the Department of Homeland Security is enabling cartel trafficking of minors, delivering those minors to illegals living inside the United States and completing criminal transactions for illegal immigrants.
Essentially, illegal immigrants living in the United States are paying human traffickers connected to Mexican cartels to smuggle their children into the U.S. Although Nava-Martinez [the smuggler] was arrested and charged, the minor was delivered to her mother living illegally in Virginia by DHS, automatically making the minor eligible for the President Obama's DREAMers program. Further Salmeron-Santos, who illegally hired a human trafficker to smuggle her daughter across an international border, isn’t facing charges.
Current ICE policies not only embolden law breakers, but destroy the argument that children brought here illegally can stay without guaranteeing amnesty for their parents. It's a well thought out strategy: get the kids over the border, the U.S. won't deport them because they fall under current DREAMer policies and then eventually, parents of those kids will also be able to live in the U.S. illegally because ICE doesn't want to "break up families."
We already have an illegal immigration crisis, it just became much worse.
Katie Pavlich is the Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her latest book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, was published on July 8, 2014.