In a shocking expose from the Washington Examiner, sources inside the government claim that a private briefing indicated the illegal immigration surge will continue through 2015.
A 24-page administration PowerPoint for congressional appropriators dated April 22, 2014 bluntly stated that border arrivals of “unaccompanied alien children” would rise “by nearly a factor of 10” in 2014 to 60,000 and jump to 127,000 “if these growth rates continue.”
That year old report, which was given BEFORE the crisis over the summer of 2014 directly contradicts the claim from the Obama White House that they did not see the surge coming when they requested $4 billion to help deal with the humanitarian crisis.
This year, $2 billion is expected to be spent. The actual number of illegals may not reach the prediction of 127,000 for the year, but will be considerably higher than normal, and is expected to be the second highest number on record.
In addition to that…lie…some other tidbits in the PowerPoint presentation include:
- The Administration is sending money meant to deal with the crisis to the countries of origin of the minors to help reduce the trend. Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras all are benefiting.
- To no one’s surprise, recent illegal aliens are “skipping out” on their immigration and deportation hearings.
- The illegal immigration numbers have risen steadily since 2011 (Republicans were not in charge that year) increasing by a factor of ten over three years.
- True costs of the crisis and resulting aftermath are most likely being hidden within the larger budgets of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and Health and Human Services.
Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard does not identify his source of the PowerPoint presentation that is available on the webpage with his article, but he does have a letter from a furious Ted Cruz, the outspoken Senator from Texas, who wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to express his sentiments.
Far from being an unforeseen crisis, the high number of [unaccompanied children] that approached the United States-Mexico Border last summer seems to have been calmly predicted, although not addressed. This raises additional questions about what actions were or were not taken, and whether or not federal agencies were fully sharing information with Congress at a time when the administration was seeking supplemental funding to handle the influx. It also raises questions about the administration’s preparedness for an even larger influx in 2015, which also appears to be calmly predicted in early 2014.
Uh-huh. Given that Cruz is on multiple committees and has inside information on a number of fronts, he is not amused.
He said that the PowerPoint shows HHS “has, according to its own internal documentation, adopted practices and strategies that, at best, could be deemed ineffective, and at worst, do not accord with current federal law. The information also indicates not only creative and questionable bookkeeping practices, but also an intent to deceive the American people and Congress.”
Another of Cruz’s claims is that the administration is “tailoring” the causes of unaccompanied minors arriving in the United States.
He also said the administration is “tailoring” the reasons why so many illegals fled to America. Officials had said that home-grown violence drove kids out of their countries, making them sound like victims, but the briefing said that 51 percent “cite economic opportunity as a reason for migrating.”
The implication of all of this information is pretty clear: the Obama Administration contributed to a deliberate overwhelming of the Southern Border Customs and Immigration system. Their motivations give conspiracy theorists grist for a very busy mill. And they are predicting more illegal aliens crossing the border and skipping out on their immigration and deportation hearings to camp out within the United States in 2015.
The PowerPoint drew criticism from an outside immigration watchdog. Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies said the document indicates that the administration is not actively returning illegal juveniles and also spending heavily on the program at a time of national budget crisis.
For more details and access to both Sen. Cruz’s letter and the PowerPoint presentation, visit the Washington Examiner.