Southern Border Still A Big Sieve; HOW MANY Have Crossed This Year

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During the summer of 2014, Americans were educated in dramatic fashion regarding just how porous the southern border is.  Securing the border in the coming years should be a primary concern for presidential candidates – okay, all of government – and a number of Republican candidates in the early days of the 2016 campaign have been quite vocal about that.

After last summer, and the tens of thousands of children coming into the country that plain and simply overwhelmed the border patrol and the immigration system and courts, not securing the border and working to counteract the messaging on the ground in Central America is a failure of national security.  But the Obama Administration has made to effort to honestly not deal with the problem. As a result, children are still crossing the border, on average over 100 per day.

According to CNSNews, the number of unaccompanied minors crossing into the USA from Mexico is in from the Border Patrol:

  • 2,119 in January
  • 2,388 in February
  • 3,131 in March
  • 3,275 in April
  • 3,965 in May

For those without a calculator, that’s 14,878 unaccompanied children put into the system in the first five months of 2015 in addition to the thousands from last year.  The number is down considerably, but still not insignificant.  Those children, and their care givers, are already skipping out on their immigration and deportation hearings.  As of last week, this has started sounding alarm bells.

What makes this even more alarming, okay, downright maddening, is that the Obama Administration’s response to the deluge last summer was the implementation of the Central American Minors Refugee/Parole Program (CAM) and the relatively few children enrolled in it.

Marketed as an effort to help Latin American children avoid the dangerous and sometimes fatal journey to enter the United States illegally, the program was set up throughout Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to reunite children living in those countries with their parents who live, many of them illegally, in the United States.

Children who do not qualify as “refugees” under the legal federal definition may be granted discretionary parole into the United States on a case-by-case basis.

The program was one of a number of sweeping reforms to the U.S. immigration system set up under an executive order by President Barack Obama last year. Under CAM guidelines, certain illegal aliens from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – including recipients of Obama’s executive amnesty programs — can petition for their children still living in those three countries to be brought to the United States. The process includes mandatory DNA-testing, a medical clearance, applications and an interview process, as well as some reimbursable fees and travel costs to be paid by the parent.

Since the program was first launched on Dec. 1, 2014, there have been 565 applications for the program as of April 23, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services annual Ombudsman Report published on June 29.

Why sign up for a documented program, when you can slip into the country and not bother with all the immigration and deportation court appearances?

This can all be added to revelations in the last week that the Obama Administration KNEW about the coming deluge early in 2014.  Not only that, the predictions for border crossings for 2015 is astronomical, despite the drop in unaccompanied minors crossing.  All this points to an unsecure border and a presidential administration not willing to do a darn thing about it.

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.