Are they all seeing the window (doors!) open in Obama’s last year in office?
This is a story I didn’t get around to last week the morning after Paris, but clearly written before BP (before Paris). It is from the Los Angeles Times (hat tip: Joanne) and says that numbers are increasing again at our southern border and that possibly a new surge is on the way. Here is a bit of what that article says:
The number of families illegally crossing the southern U.S. border has more than doubled over the same period last fall, prompting concern about a new surge of migrants from Central America.
Many more unaccompanied children are also crossing, with 4,476 apprehended in September — an 85% increase over that month in 2014, according to new Border Patrol data.
The concern among immigration officials and advocates is that the situation is building up to a repeat of the unprecedented influx on the southern border in 2014, when more than 68,000 unaccompanied children and as many families crossed illegally, mainly into Texas.
Here come the Syrians!
However, the big news yesterday and this morning is that Syrians may be among the OTMs (Other than Mexicans) headed to the US. I’m guessing that half of the third-world is eyeing the window of opportunity as Obama heads into his last full year in office figuring they need to make the move now in case an immigration restrictionist Republican like Trump heads to the White House at the end of the year.
2016 could well be the most critical year to CLOSE our borders. Could we get the minutemen back in business???
We have two stories now about Syrians headed to America.
The first is here, from AFP at Yahoo.news, about 5 Syrians detained in Honduras with fake passports and the second one, here, at Breitbart claims eight Syrians crossed into Texas recently. They will all likely be asking for asylum.
Illegal aliens? Economic migrants? Refugees? Asylum seekers? Asylees?
A quick primer on terminology….
We all know what illegal alien is, that is everyone here who has either crossed a border without permission or over-stayed a visa.
Economic migrants is a term used for those illegal aliens who are on the move to find a better life. They are NOT refugees.
Refugees (US bound) are selected abroad mostly by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and our US State Department. We fly them here and a resettlement contractor gets them comfy with all their taxpayer-funded goodies and puts them on the track to US citizenship. This is the group we are arguing about now while discussing Syrian resettlement. Refugees must have proven they would be persecuted for race, religion, political persuasion, or because they belong to a particular group—like being a homosexual—if they returned to their home country. We have been taking around 70,000 a year in recent years from many areas of the world.
Asylum seekers are those who get in here legally with a visa or illegally and then ask for political asylum using the same claims of persecution that refugees have used. The only difference is that asylum seekers get here on their own while we fly in the refugees (defined above). There is a legal process the asylum seekers must go through to prove they would be persecuted if we deported them. The vast majority of those flooding Europe will be seeking asylum while we expect most are really economic migrants. By the way, Obama wants the ‘unaccompanied alien children’ crossing our borders as illegal aliens to be ‘refugees’ through the asylum process.
Asylees are those granted legal asylum, legal protection. We grant asylum to somewhere in the vicinity of 30,000 asylum seekers a year. Often times those seeking asylum through our system are free to move to a location in the US where they have a relative even before their case is adjudicated. If given permission to stay, asylees can avail themselves of all the welfare goodies available to “refugees.” And, they are often referred to as “political refugees.” The Tsarnaev family of Boston Bomber fame were successful asylum seekers.
A reader suggested last night that we should get in the habit of referring to those who are here to stay as refugees/asylees. And, I think that is a good idea.
When the Leftwing No Borders gang (including the resettlement contractors***) claim that no refugee has committed a terror act they are parsing words. A large number of refugees and asylees have been convicted of terror-related (most before the act was actually committed!) and other horrific crimes. Have they forgotten the Kentucky Iraqi refugee terrorists and the Boston Bombers (asylees are refugees just as much as those admitted in the regular resettlement program)?
*** The nine major federal resettlement contractors determining the futures of your cities and states like to call themselves VOLAGs (short for Voluntary agencies)—a joke considering how much federal money they receive (some of it to care for those unaccompanied alien children crossing the border). They all lobby for amnesty for illegal aliens while being funded mostly by you, the taxpayer:
- Church World Service (CWS)
- Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) (secular)
- Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM)
- Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
- International Rescue Committee (IRC) (secular)
- US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) (secular)
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
- World Relief Corporation (WR)