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Not that We The People of the United States – the people paying, when it comes down to it – didn’t know this, but a report leaked to the Associated Press via the House Judiciary Committee summarizing interviews conducted with the actual people doing the crossing at the southern border contradicts the official line from the Obama Administration on why so many illegal aliens make a truly dangerous and rough journey across Mexico to get to the United States. Bottom line: they want the freebies.
The Associated Press obtained copies of the interview summaries, which were compiled in reports by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Intelligence. They said hundreds of people traveling as part of families consistently cited opportunities to obtain permission to stay in the U.S., claim asylum and receive unspecified benefits. Immigrants spoke of “permisos,” or a pass to come into the United States.
According to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and the the misinformation authority, the REAL reason these people are coming here to seek asylum is the living conditions in their home countries. The AP piece published on Yahoo! News claims that while those factors were mentioned in the over 300 interviews conducted this summer with new border crossers, the idea of asylum with benefits was far more of a draw.
Naturally, the government spokeschick, Marsha Catron, claims that the report was never meant to tell of a “comprehensive” reality of the situation. Maybe not, but it does pretty much disprove the “push factor” theory put forth by Jeh Johnson and the rest of the Obama Regime as the basis for a $1 Billion “investment” in Central America.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the rising number of border crossings by families and children was due to “push factors” in Central America, such as crime and violence. He said the Obama administration wants to invest $1 billion in Central America to address the underlying problems that push families and children out of Central America.
“We need to expand on this and … we need to make the hard investment,” Johnson said Thursday at an academic conference at the Georgetown University Law Center.
What would be more helpful and send a definite message is to bring a bunch of judges out of retirement and clear the backlog of hundreds of thousands of new cases of illegal border crossers, and sending ineligible people back to their home countries rather than releasing them into the wilds of the USA, and not have them show up for their deportation hearings.
The AP article gives this gem of a statement:
The interviews with immigrants by federal agents were intended to help the Obama administration understand what might be driving a puzzling surge in the numbers of border crossings that started over the summer. The explanations suggest the U.S. government’s efforts to discourage illegal crossings may have been unsuccessful. Its efforts have included public service campaigns in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to highlight the dangers and consequences of making the trek across Mexico to cross illegally into the United States.
No kidding they’ve been unsuccessful. There is still the lure of a good life in the United States on the moccasin telegraph. To counter that, the reality is that the American government has to get serious about picking up the illegals and sending them home. Actions do speak louder than words, after all.
“This internal Border Patrol document shows that the Obama administration’s lax immigration policies are the culprit for the ongoing surge at our borders,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Exactly. And everyday Americans are really get sick of it, too.