White House double whammy! First the Syrians then the “children.”
In announcing his ‘Presidential Determination’ yesterday for Fiscal Year 2015 refugee admissions, the Administration set up a new and separate program to accommodate tens of thousands of mostly Central American teenagers waiting in Guatemala, El Salvador or Honduras for their chance to get into the US.
Thanks to all who sent this story or a version of it.
As you read this ABC News account, remember that expanding the definition of “refugee” has in my view been what the recent Southern border invasion was all about.
And keep in mind there are several hundred thousand Central Americans living in the US legally under Temporary Protected Status*** who presumably could, under Obama’s new plan, ask to have minor relatives declared “refugees” in order to join them in America.
The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Under the program, immigrants from those countries who are lawfully in the United States will be able to request that child relatives still in those three countries be resettled in the United States as refugees. The program would establish in-country processing to screen the young people to determine if they qualify to join relatives in the U.S.
In a memorandum to the State Department Tuesday, President Barack Obama allocated 4,000 slots for refugees from Latin America and the Caribbean for next year. The number is a fraction of the number of children who have already crossed the border into the United States and are awaiting deportation proceedings.
The program would not provide a path for minors to join relatives illegally in the United States, and would not apply to minors who have entered the country illegally. [We don't even know who is illegally in the US, so how will those illegals be identified?---ed]
Instead, it aims to set up an orderly alternative for dealing with young people who otherwise might embark on a dangerous journey to join their families in the United States.
The program is not likely to stop other minors or migrant families from seeking to cross the border. [Then why do it?---ed]
***TPS is perhaps the ultimate legal immigration scam because there is nothing temporary about it!
So where is Congress on all this? (Crickets?)
The next time you hear a dumb politician or a dumb friend say—“Legal immigration is good, but I don’t like illegal immigration”—I want you to pop them in the nose (gently of course) and tell them they don’t know what they are talking about! Obama has just decreed that this is LEGAL immigration.
See all of our coverage of the ‘Unaccompanied minors’ crisis by clicking here.