For several years Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano tried to sell the message that the southern U.S. border was secure (1,2). In testimony in 2010 before a Senate committee she made that claim as emphatic as any Obama pledge:
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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, while testifying before a Senate panel, said the United States’s southwest border is “as secure now as it has ever been.” “I say this again as someone who has walked that border,” she said. “I’ve ridden that border. I’ve flown it. I’ve driven it. I know that border I think as well as anyone, and I will tell you it is as secure now as it has ever been.”Napolitano made this claim in support of efforts to move forward on comprehensive immigration reform that promised border security along with provisional amnesty for those who were already here. Of course those promises in that legislation were as empty as the so called security on the border.
If our border is secure then how is it possible tens of thousands of children, including infants, are able to get across it?
Here's the result. Thousands of children from Central America being warehoused in border states:
Newspapers in El Salvador and Honduras are promoting policies by the Obama administration that defer deportation to minors brought to the United States as children by their parents — known as "Dreamers" — and those that are housing illegal children at military bases in the South and West.Criticized for lacking any kind of cohesive, intelligible foreign policy Obama responded that his policy was "don't do stupid shit." Apparently he never stopped to think how announcing instant amnesty for minors would be viewed by our southern neighbors.
"Almost all agree that a child who crossed the border illegally with their parents, or in search of a father or a better life, was not making an adult choice to break our laws, and should be treated differently than adult violators of the law," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is quoted in a story about a new two-year extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy published by Diario El Mundo in El Salvador.
Signed by President Barack Obama in 2012, the policy grants temporary legal status to many young illegal immigrants, ending the threat of deportation for at least two years.
The policy, however, does not entitle the immigrants to state services. It was renewed for two more years.
"With the renewal of DACA, we act according to our values and code of this great nation," Johnson said. "But the biggest task of comprehensive immigration reform is yet to come."
The Border Patrol is overwhelmed dealing with the flood of children leaving the border wide open to drug cartels and other criminals. As the influx of children increases, a humanitarian crisis worse than Hurricane Katrina is looming. Unlike Hurricane Katrina, this crisis is man made and the man in the White House who vowed he would not do "stupid shit" is to blame!
UPDATE: Here's what the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers said about the crisis:
“This is not a humanitarian crisis. It is a predictable, orchestrated and contrived assault on the compassionate side of Americans by her political leaders that knowingly puts minor illegal alien children at risk for purely political purposes.”