The dollar costs for education and social services have been enormous in towns where Hondurans, Salvadorans et al have alighted en masse, like Chelsea Massachusetts.
(Funny how this policy is being rolled out while the Opravda media is obsessed with the Democrat convention extravaganza.)
Notice the scam explained by NPR below: the administration is going to “discourage people from leaving their homeland” by admitting them legally. That’s Obama’s idea of immigration enforcement.
Obama Opens Doors To More Central American Refugees, NPR, July 26, 2016Now, for a more reality-based interpretation of the illegal policy from America’s Senator, Jeff Sessions:
The Obama administration announced today that it is expanding a program that helps Central American refugees, including minors, to reunite with their families in the United States. The effort is designed to discourage people from leaving their homeland and flooding the southern U.S. border, say administration officials.
Obama Administration Plans to Expand Already Unlawful Immigration Program, July 27, 2016
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest, issued the following statement on the Obama Administration’s unprecedented creation of an extra-legal chain migration system:
“The Obama Administration announced plans yesterday to expand an already unlawful program by setting up an extra-legal chain migration system for certain immigrants in the U.S. – including illegal aliens. The Immigration and Nationality Act sets forth very specific requirements and procedures through which family members may immigrate to this country, and many thousands abide by those laws and wait in line every year to do so. Now, with the stroke of a pen, the Obama Administration intends to circumvent statutory law at the behest of the open-borders lobbyists and extremists within the Democratic Party. This will only encourage more lawlessness, exacerbate the current situation at our border, and erode public confidence in the integrity of our immigration system. So, too, will irresponsible calls for universal amnesty undermine the system’s proper operation.
What is needed now, more than ever, is strong, decisive leadership and a commitment to the execution of the laws on the books to convey the clear message to the world that if you come to the U.S. illegally, you will be removed.”
The Obama Administration announced yesterday that it plans to expand its unlawful “Central American Minors Refugee/Parole Program,” which was created after the so-called “border surge” in the summer of 2014. The program allows certain alien parents in the U.S., including those with no lawful immigration status but who are considered to have “lawful presence” based on some form of executive amnesty, i.e., TPS and DACA, to apply to have their children in El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras brought to the U.S., circumventing legal immigration requirements.
The program, which the Obama Administration advertised as a way to stop the border surge, has been an abysmal failure at achieving its stated goal. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 43,280 illegal alien juveniles have been apprehended at the southwest border through June – a 62 percent increase over the same period last year, and a number surpassed only by the record number apprehended in FY 2014. Since the beginning of FY 2014, roughly 152,000 illegal alien juveniles have been apprehended, yet only a small fraction have been removed from the U.S.
Under the administration’s new plan, not only would minor children be permitted to come to the U.S., but also the following individuals:
The program in its original form already flies in the face of historical policy and understanding and undermines the very logic and coherence of the entire immigration system. Expanding it to create a new avenue of chain migration for illegal aliens – one not even available to citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents – cannot withstand scrutiny. Indeed, under our immigration system, U.S. citizens cannot petition for their grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, or nephews to come to the U.S. based solely on the existence of a familial relationship. Yet, under this plan, so long as they accompany a qualifying child from El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras, the Obama Administration will allow illegal aliens to bring their extended family members into the U.S.
- Other sons and daughters of the parent in the U.S. who are over 21 years old;
- The in-country biological parent of the qualified child – no marriage to the parent in the U.S. is required; and,
- “Caregivers” of qualified children who are also related to the U.S.-based lawfully present parents.