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Wading Into The Immigration Issue.

Immigrants seated in the Main Hall of Ellis Island circa 1902

Immigration has been in the forefront of the headlines lately and after protests on the issue on Saturday and the virtue signaling of people on the issue, we thought we’d try to wade in and help to correct some of the false narrative and actually have a discussion about what is happening including the separation of children from their parents.

First, some numbers:

– U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehends over 1,100 people a day crossing the border illegally. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refuses entry to 7 known or suspected terrorists every day, 50 every week, and 2,500 every year.

– DHS has seen a 300 percent increase in unaccompanied alien children (UACs) in the last eight months of 2017 – and a 600 percent increase in family units.

– In Fiscal Year 2017, Border Patrol saw a 73 percent increase in assaults on officers along the Southwest border.

– Thousands of aliens illegally re-enter the United States each year, with approximately 15,700 sentenced for illegal reentry in fiscal year 2016. This does not even include the many thousands more who evade detection, or those who are not charged with illegal reentry as part of a plea agreement.

– The backlog of cases in our immigrations courts is approximately 675,000 cases.

Clearly the system for legal and illegal immigration is strained past the point of breaking.

Yet those who are screaming and protesting about separating children from parents may not understand the history of why this occurs.

Back in the 1980’s, the US immigration policy was similar to that of today. You could enter the country legally through entry ports, or you could enter illegally and if caught, you were detained. When an adults were caught entering illegally, the entire family was taken to a detention center which was much like a jail. If the children were separated from their parents, (and they were) the children were taken to facilities that were, shall we say, not pleasant. There was no health care for the children, nothing for them do, the facilities were not monitored for health and safety violations, etc. The children were basically being warehoused while their parents or accompanying adult’s immigration case worked through the system.

During that time, a Hollywood actor who was employing an Salvadorian woman here in the US illegally as his housekeeper sought legal help when the daughter of the housekeeper was picked up by INS officials trying to get into the country illegally. The young girl was put into prison with other people alleged to have crossed the border illegally and even then, the length of time to get to a judge was rather long. The lawyer who handled the case sued in a case called Flores v. Reno. The result of that case is called the “Flores Settlement.”

It is that settlement that guides the handling of minors when the accompany adult or adults are taken into custody by immigration officials.

Chief amongst the provisions of the agreement is that minors cannot be held withing adult detention centers for more than 20 days. The children must be taken to other facilities where their status, education, health and well being can be monitored. Given the backlog of cases, it is almsot inconceivable that any case would be heard within 20 days. Therefore, under the Flores Agreements, the children are moved to a better facility. Many administrations, including the Obama and the Trump administration have sought to allow children to remain with their parents for longer than the Flores Agreement allows. All of the requests have been rebuffed.

The misconception in the immigration “debate,” is that all children are being separated from their immigrating parents or accompanying adult(s) – both those entering the country legally and illegally. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the laws and court cases are very specific as to when children can be moved to an approved facility:

These circumstances include: 1) when DHS is unable to determine the familial relationship, 2) when DHS determines that a child may be at risk with the parent or legal guardian, or 3) when the parent or legal guardian is referred for criminal prosecution.

– Familial Relationship – If there is reason to question the claimed familial relationship between an adult and child, it is not appropriate to detain adults and children together.
– Human Trafficking and Smuggling – If there is reason to suspect the purported parent or legal guardian of human trafficking or smuggling, DHS detains the adult in an appropriate, secure detection facility, separate from the minor. DHS continues to see instances and intelligence reports indicating minors are trafficked by unrelated adults, posing as a “family” in an effort to avoid detention.
– Safety Risk – If there is reason to suspect the purported parent or legal guardian poses a safety risk to the child (e.g. suspected child abuse), it is not appropriate to maintain the adult and child together.
– Criminal Prosecution – If an adult is referred for criminal prosecution, the adult will be transferred to U.S. Marshals Service custody and any children will be classified as an unaccompanied alien child and transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services custody.

Furthermore:

In recent months, DHS has seen a staggering increase in the number of illegal aliens using children to pose as family units to gain entry into the United States. From October 2017 to February 2018, there was a 315 percent increase in the number of cases of adults with minors fraudulently posing as “family units” to gain entry.

Laws, court rulings and actions are there not to harm children, but to protect them.

If we are going to have a discussion on what should happen when people are caught attempting to come into the country illegally and bringing minors with them, the conversation should be based on facts, not hyperbole.

For example…..

Palm Bay Mayor William Capote joined Wednesday’s marchers, carrying a Puerto Rican flag. “The essence of America is being attacked,” he said.

“At the end of the day, it’s about being human. When I watching TV, and I saw an infant by (itself) away from the mother, that completely … that’s a no-no,” Capote told the marchers.

“That’s not us. That’s not what our flag was bled for. We’ve bled for unification,” he said.

We agree that the essences of America is being attacked, but not in the way that Capote thinks.

One of the bedrocks of America is that we are a nation of laws. On some level, Capote is saying that the laws of the United States don’t matter. Laws that were passed by legislative bodies such as the Palm Bay City Council on any issue don’t matter. This is quite evident as every day people within the City of Palm Bay are arrested and separated from their children. We haven’t seen Capote protesting that. Family services separates families, often without proffering charges or even accusations against the parents. Once again, we haven’t seen Capote protesting that either.

We suspect Capote has no issue with people who break the law in Palm Bay being incarcerated and separated from their families (leaving the children and other members of the family to fend for themselves,) yet he is opposed to those who are breaking the law at the border being detained and their children being taken care of. His position makes no sense.

We don’t think that Capote realizes he threw the entire Palm Bay Police Department under the bus. He certainly does not realize that he was the one attacking the “essence of America” by voting on laws which form the compact we have as a society by allowing, if not encouraging people from other countries to break the laws with impunity.

Secondly, Capote said, “I saw an infant by (itself) away from the mother, that completely … that’s a no-no.

No, he did not see that.

The infant in question was a Honduran child who was not separated from its mother.

But that’s not what it was. As The Washington Post’s Samantha Schmidt and Kristine Phillips report, the girl’s father says the child and her mother were never separated. U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed it, as did the Honduran deputy foreign minister.

Third, we have no idea what “we’ve bled for unification” means.

Capote is a former Sergeant in the Army and he should remember that he swore an oath to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Nothing in the Constitution about “unification” that we can find.

If anything, Capote is an example of what we are talking about – a person trying to make a point that is not based on any facts. That’s not what we should be doing.

There is something else on the table that needs to be mentioned as well. As our friend the Diplomad writes:

The US is at fault because people want to live here. I wrote nearly three years ago about the phenomenon of the world wanting to live in the countries created by White Dudes. That phenomenon continues.

We are aggressors because we want to control, just a bit, who lives among us. The USA, please note, takes more migrants of all types than any other country on earth, but it is the US that the Jordanian head of the UN human rights organization singles out for harsh criticism for allegedly “separating” families at the border–maybe Jordan should do something about the so-called Palestinian “refugees”? The UN says nothing about the draconian immigration laws in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America. No human rights violation charges, furthermore, are leveled against the governments of Mexico, Cuba, any of the Central American countries, China, Syria, Nigeria, etc., for failing to promote societies in which people wish to live with their children. Nothing is said about the prog organizations, allied with human traffickers, corrupt officials, lying and scandal-mongering journalists, and demogogic politicians, such as Mexican Presidential candidate Manuel Lopez Obrador, who called for Mexicans and Central Americans to “flood” the USA in the name of “North American open borders.” Lopez Obrador, of course, borrowed that call for an invasion and occupation from Turkey’s Erdogan.

As noted below, this insanity exploits and kills children, including the children of Americans killed by MS-13. But, of course, the OUTRAGE! and the focus of the virtue-signalers and their friends, well, that will remain on bogus stories of mistreatment at the hands of beleaguered Border Patrol agents.

Diplomad makes a really good point. While some people here in the US continually decry the US as being horrible, racist, and xenophobic in it’s handling of immigration and other issues, people are still stampeding to come here. People still want to come. There seems to be a disconnect between those people here that spew hatred toward everything the US does to legally control immigration (including the taking care of minors while illegal immigration cases are heard) and those who are coming here from other countries. Both groups cannot be right. You cannot claim that the US is a horrible place and especially horrible on immigration while actual immigrants are flocking here.

And while there are loud and vocal people who claim the US and the government is at fault in all of these cases, their opinion does not seem to match that of the country in general.

Most voters blame the parents of the separated children at the border for the latest illegal immigration crisis, not the federal government.

When families are arrested and separated after attempting to enter the United States illegally, 54% of Likely U.S. Voters say the parents are more to blame for breaking the law. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 35% believe the federal government is more to blame for enforcing the law. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.

Even though it is contrary to the thinking of most Americans, let’s assume for a second that the law is bad and that we need to change it. After all, the last two administrations have said “what we are doing is not working or at least needs revamping.”

If that is the case, Trump did the right thing by enforcing the law.

As Abraham Lincoln said:

The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.

The Trump administration has done just that. But to actually deal with this issue, we have to have fact based discussions. We have to separate the hyperbole from reality. We have to hold accountable those who created and continue this crisis, as well as those who wish to use the crisis for something that cannot be acceptable – open borders.

We fear that is the real issue behind some, if not many of the people who want this issue to be on the hearts and minds of people. It doesn’t matter to them that they are using lies and propaganda to get people to believe them. It doesn’t matter to them that they are essentially weaponizing children for their goals.

Our neighbors to the north and south of the US have much stricter laws on immigration and yet it is the United States that is the villain. And for those who say, “we are a nation of immigrants,” that leaves out the real crux of the matter and misstates the facts:

WE ARE A NATION OF LEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

We simply cannot have open borders. We cannot have a policy where people coming into the country first act is to say “we don’t respect your laws.” Perhaps most of all, we can’t have people using children as a weapon in this discussion.

Quoting again from the Diplomad:

To generate big messy crises, the progs resort to a time-tested weapon, to wit, children. Remember the pictures of the drowned Syrian boy in the Mediterranean? How that would shame Europe into accepting a tidal wave of fake “refugees”? It worked. Nobody put the shame where it belonged, i.e., on the Arab producers of “refugees.” It was white Christian Europe’s fault. The Arabs, of course, are old experts at using kids to fake up OUTRAGE! Hamas, the PLO/PLA, and others are quite good at putting out fake stories of Arab children murdered at the hands of Israelis and at pushing kids into situations where they will get killed by soldiers defending themselves. Saddam, too, was a master at placing anti-aircraft guns next to schools and hospitals. The progs, given perhaps their Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with Islam, are quite adept at using that tactic, too. Children for gun control; children for abortion; children for transgender rights; and, of course, children at the border for open borders.

We know that some will say we are being heartless. We don’t think we are. What is heartless to us is to allow people into the country illegally and have kids hidden or used in ways that are not a part of being a child – like playing and education. We don’t think it is heartless that those who put children in harms way be held accountable for their illegal actions. We don’t think it is heartless to protect these children from those who break the law. We don’t think it is wrong to call out those with a different agenda and who are using lies to sway the opinions of decent Americans. We don’t think it is heartless to be against open borders like most other countries in the world.

We welcome a fact based discussion on immigration and if changes are needed to the US policy, we will welcome that as well.



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