The word chaos cannot fully describe the southern border of the United States and Mexico. A new Congressional Research Service report says unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border illegally have jumped by more than 1,200 percent in the past five years.
While the Obama administration begins a fight Monday in the Supreme Court to justify the president’s past executive orders concerning illegal immigrants from Mexico. Aside from Republican front-runner Donald Trump and GOP challenger Ted Cruz in election 2016, one would think there is no crisis brewing in this country over Obama disregarding very specific laws on the books concerning legal and illegal immigration.
As The Washington Beacon referring to the CRS report, “This unexpected surge of children strained U.S. government resources and created a complex crisis with humanitarian implications. Experts warn that significant migration flows will continue until policymakers in the countries of origin and the international community addresses the poor socioeconomic and security conditions driving Central Americans to leave their homes.”
The numbers are staggering. The flow of unaccompanied children illegally crossing the southern border has already increased in the first five months of fiscal year 2016. That means close to 20,000 have been captured in the report’s raw data. It is estimated that those being apprehended to those being caught is a ratio of 3-1. The border patrol in many cases is caught between laws on the books and the orders they receive from DOJ under the Barack Obama presidency.
The most infuriating part of this human ordeal is none of the foreign governments are able to effectively track the children once they’re returned. In fact, many end up trying to return to the U.S. To get a flash indicator of lawless the border crisis has become, look no further than fiscal year 2015.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported 178 unaccompanied children to El Salvador, 544 to Guatemala, and 419 to Honduras, for a total of 1,141 children. What makes no sense is the fact that more than 28,300 unaccompanied children were stopped at the border that year. Where did they go? The answer is nobody truly knows.
This is a daily situation as the United States spends millions to increase border security while continuing to assist Central American countries. In fact, as of last February, our State Department has actually awarded $20 million to strengthen Mexico’s southern border. That number may end up costing $748 million in fiscal 2016 and $771 million in fiscal 2017.
Most experts agree there are three things that must happen for the illegal immigrant chaos to subside. First, build a border wall across the entirety of the southern border witch is over 1,000 miles. Secondly, increase the border security/patrol three-fold with the possibility of the National Guard as backup 20 miles from the border. Thirdly, re-invoke enforcement of all existing laws pertaining to illegal immigration.