Authored by: Matt Palumbo
For most of the time America has experienced an influx of illegal immigrants from Mexico, it’s been young single men. In recent years that’s changed, whereas entire families (or a parent and child) try to cross the border together. Given Trump’s publicly strict stance on immigration, and beefed up border patrol, fewer prospective illegals are even bothering to make an attempt at crossing the border.
Meanwhile, many illegals who would otherwise simply try to cross the border, are trying to claim asylum at the border as a form of loophole. As a protective measure against human trafficking, children brought over with a parent (or someone claiming to be a parent) are temporarily separated from their families. This policy (which also went on during the Obama administration) has been just the latest piece of “evidence” to hysterical liberals that America has become the Third Reich.
And like most Leftist narratives, it’s bogus. Here are five things you need to know.
Trump Did Not Create the Policy of Separating Immigrant Families
As Ben Shapiro noted, it was the 1993 “Reno v. Flores” Federal Court ruling that decided children cannot be held with parents that are in custody to be prosecuted.
The settlement said nothing about accompanied illegal immigrant children – children who crossed the border with their parents. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals then ruled that accompanied children also could not be held in custody under the terms of the settlement. This meant that the government either had to release whole families, or that the government had to separate parents from children.”
Granted, I wouldn’t put it past the media to blame Trump for a policy that was created two decades before he took office.
There Are Other Ways to Seek Asylum
Rather than illegally cross the border in attempting to claim asylum, one legitimately trying to claim asylum could visit any of the ten U.S. Consulates in Mexico. Doing so would reduce their risk of being separated from their child to approximately zero percent. (with a margin of error of zero).
In 2013, Obama Had More than Double the Migrant Children in Custody
According to Newsweek, the Department of Health and Human Services said that there were as many as 10,852 children in their custody at the end of May. Meanwhile, in 2013, Obama’s HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) had 25,000 unaccompanied minors in their care.
And Obama Separated Plenty of Families Too
While I don’t like to get into whataboutism, I point out that Obama did “the same thing” to prove how selective liberals are in their outrage. Between 2010-2016, the Obama administration prosecuted 500,000 illegals. Figures from the ORR prove that between 2012-2016, almost 200,000 migrant children were referred to the DHS (because they were either separated from their families, or they were unaccompanied minors).
Most Children in HHS Custody Were Not Separated from Parents
As of mid-June, roughly 10,000 of the 12,000 kids now in HHS care were sent unaccompanied by their parents (and the remaining were separated). It cannot be emphasized enough how extremely reckless this is.
Not only does the overwhelming majority of cartel violence occur at the border, an investigative report from Fusion found that an unbelievable 80 percent of migrant women are raped on their illegal journey from Mexico to the U.S.. Amnesty International’s study on the matter found a lower figure – which was still an astonishingly high 60 percent.
What kind of parent exposes their children to that risk? I’m surprised no one has made the following point – that the kind of people who will cross the border with a child knowing very well that they risk being separated from them (or will risk sending them alone through cartel land), do not have the kind of character of individuals we’d want immigrating to America.