Remember how the U.S. responded to 911 by setting up the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)? DHS was supposed to defend the homeland and do a better job at securing its borders than the old INS.
But the Homeland Security Act expressly barred the DHS from enforcing immigration law in some cases.
Certain "Unaccompanied Alien Children" (UACs) apprehended trying to enter the country illegally are now the sole responsibility of a federal social services agency, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). ORR, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, has launched its own new agency to deal with UACs, the Division of Unaccompanied Children.
The new bureaucracy has explicitly stated it has no interest in enforcing immigration law and does not even cooperate with the department pledged to perform that function.
Media accounts of "unaccompanied children" caught at the border typically feature doe-eyed 12 year olds crossing the border to flee persecution at home, join up with charmingly delighted parents in the U.S. But, for ORRâ€™s purposes a UAC is any individual who claims to be non-Mexican and claims to be under the age of 18. The agency has stopped using forensic techniques formerly employed to verify claims of an individualâ€™s age and is pushing for a law which gives ORR the exclusive right to verify age for any individual, using as evidence the claimantâ€™s own statements about his age. [The Gangs of ORR, By Thomas Allen, VDARE.COM, June 01, 2005]
Why isn't the MSM using us as a reference? Probably because they're clueless about the internet in general, and of course especially clueless about immigration. See for example, the NYT's recent story on Roy Beck, Little-Known Group Claims a Win on Immigration, [By Robert Pear, July 15, 2007] When I saw that, I thought "Little known to whom?" Only to the New York Times, and as a result, its readers.