Illegal immigration has been a problem for decades. Well, we think of it as a problem. Barack Obama thinks of it as an opportunity.
We know that the current illegal alien invasion along the Southern border began with B. Hussein’s unilateral grant of amnesty to so-called “DREAMERs,” the “children” (who could be as old as 30!) brought illegally into this country by their parents, “through no fau [/dropcaplt of their own.” This policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), began on August 15, 2012.
Interviews with the current crop of border jumpers demonstrate that, despite what open borders advocates claim, they aren’t coming here because of increasing violence in Honduras, Guatemela and El Salvador.
In late May, the U.S. Border Patrol interviewed unaccompanied children (UAC) and migrant families apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley. Of the 230 total migrants interviewed, 219 cited the primary reason for migrating to the United States was the perception of U.S. immigration laws granting free passes or permisos to UAC and adult female OTMs traveling with minors. Migrants indicated that knowledge of permisos was widespread across Central America due to word of mouth, local, and international media messaging—prompting many to depart for the United States within 30 days of becoming aware of these perceived benefits, according to the same reporting. …
EPIC [The highly-respected EL Paso Intelligence Center] assesses homicide trends and migrant interviews suggest violence is likely not the principal factor driving the increase in UAC migration. While CBP data from early fiscal year 2011 indicates a steady increase in OTM and UAC migration, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) statistics— within this same timeframe— show a decline in per capita homicide rates in these three countries; El Salvador saw the sharpest decline, followed by Honduras and Guatemala, respectively.
We also know, at those of us who are paying attention, anyway, that this “crisis” was orchestrated by the Obama regime in its efforts to intimidate the Republicans into passing the Senate’s amnesty bill in the short-term, and, in the long-term, to accelerate his “remaking” of America by packing it with poor, uneducated, unskilled people who believe that the government is their only hope for survival.
So first we have DACA. A couple of months ago, in what seemed to be an unrelated development, the Regime decide to do something for Mother Earth. At least that was their excuse. From the Washington Times:
President Obama on Wednesday will declare a national monument in southern New Mexico, delivering a win for environmentalists but angering ranchers and local law enforcement, who say the land restrictions will end up creating a safe haven for drug cartels to operate within the U.S.
Mr. Obama will declare about 500,000 acres as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. About half of that land is expected to be set aside as wilderness, meaning it will be closed to vehicles and construction.
Local ranchers say it’s a land grab that will interfere with their grazing rights, and border security advocates said the move will make it tougher for federal agents and local police to patrol the land, leaving a security gap that Mexican smuggling cartels will exploit.
There is legislation pending in the House that would address this problem. The SAFE Act (H.R. 2278) and National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act (HR. 2398), both of which prohibit the Departments of Interior and Agriculture from preventing Border Patrol agents access to federal lands within 100 miles of the border, was approved by the House Judiciary Committee last year. I don’t think that anything in the legislation currently being discussed to address the current mess includes passing these important pieces of legislation.
Some of you might be thinking “Wait…only Congress can designate national parks.” That’s true, but, c’mon, do you think King Barack is going to let that stop him? This designation is national MONUMENT, which he can make, pursuant to a 1906 law.
Back in May, 2014, when he took this action to the delight of many of his environmental wacko supporters, the teeming hoards of illegals racing into the arms of Border Patrol agents to take advantage of 2008 law, never intended to be used for this purpose according to its authors, weren’t on most of our radar screens. At least one member of Congress, though, did warn that this designation would make the border security problem worse. From the Washington Times:
Rep. Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican who has studied the issue, argues that the environmental restrictions have indeed hurt the Border Patrol’s ability to do its job.
Hours before news of the designation broke Monday, Mr. Bishop, chairman of the Natural Resources Committee’s public lands subcommittee, sent a letter to Mr. Obama asking him to hold off until the border can be controlled.
“It’s irresponsible to focus efforts on new land designations rather than finding solutions to existing criminal activities plaguing the border,” the congressman wrote.
Mr. Bishop pointed to a case that was in the headlines last week, in which a National Park Service employee at Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona detailed the vicious attack she suffered at the hands of an illegal immigrant. Authorities said the man smashed her head into a metal bathroom door and hit her head with a rock, striking so hard that the rock broke.
So, we can add this designation to the list of Barry’s end runs around Congress, and it’s also a two-fer for the Regime: makes his low-information, liberal base happy, plus serves his ultimate objective, the transformation of evil, unfair, racist Amerika.