Last summer, when the U.S.-Mexico border was swamped by thousands of unaccompanied minors, Americans – especially those living in border states – were alert to the gravity of the problem. More than a year later, though, we’re seeing a new spike and there hasn’t been half the concern.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, more than 10,000 unaccompanied minors have been arrested at the border over the last two months. This is an increase of 106% over the same period in 2014. That doesn’t even include the 12,505 illegal immigrants who have come across in family units only to wind up in Border Patrol custody. And, naturally, it does not include any individuals or families who got across the border without being apprehended.
“We could very well be seeing the new normal,” said Gil Kerlikowske, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Some blame a U.S. District Court ruling from last summer, which mandated a change in detention policy. Under the new rules, unaccompanied minors must be set free from federal detention centers in less than five days – sent to live with relatives already residing in the United States. The rule also says their parents should go along with them as long as they are not a flight risk. How a migrant can be both an unaccompanied minor and have a parent with them is a question that only a federal bureaucrat could answer.
Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, says this policy is to blame for the recent surge. “The word is, come on ahead and the border is open, the Obama administration is going to take good care of you,” Goodlatte said in an interview with NBC News.
If this is the state of the law, then why bother having a law at all? Why not save the taxpayers millions and just disband the Border Patrol? Do the federal agents at the border only exist to make sure these illegals can get safely to their permanent U.S. homes?
This situation has gone far beyond amnesty and paths to citizenship. This is a situation that needs to be addressed from the bottom up, and we need to decide once and for all if we are going to let illegal immigrants into our country. Let’s stop playing this charade where we pretend it’s against the law but don’t bother with any enforcement.
This is the frustration that has pushed Donald Trump to the top of the Republican ticket. Americans are sick and tired of watching this administration play games with national security. But what happens when you make the daring statement that the U.S. should actually enforce the law? You get branded a racist. The liberals drag out their statistics showing that illegal immigrants aren’t responsible for crime. Fine. Then let’s change the law. But that’s a different argument, and it must be done by Congress, not the president.
As it stands now, the law is the law, and we should not be ashamed of enforcing it.