Yesterday we were in Texas, witnessing the chaos unfolding at our border. It's a trip the president should have done, but instead he has chosen to keep his distance. Meanwhile, the crisis is reaching a tipping point.
Among the more alarming statistics shared with us at yesterday's briefing was the fact that over 624,000 crimes have been committed by illegal immigrants against Texas citizens in the last seven years. We are talking about crimes including home invasions, murder and rape.
Another report from Terry Jeffrey at CNS News finds that 40% of all federal criminal cases filed in 2013 took place in the five courts on the U.S.-Mexican border: “According to the U.S. Attorneys’ Annual report, immigration was the single largest category of crimes in which U.S. attorneys filed criminal cases in 2013 … In the Western Texas district alone--which saw more federal crime than any other district in the country--more than twice as many federal criminals were convicted in fiscal 2013 as in all four U.S. court districts in New York state combined.”
You can read the letter one mother, Mary Ann Mendoza, has written to President Obama about the immigration crisis. Her son, Sgt. Brandon Mendoza, was killed by an illegal immigrant. She says, “I have been DIRECTLY affected by this. I am sure if your life had been affected like mine has been, you would have a different view of this situation … When will you realize the hurt and pain and destruction these illegal immigrants who break the law will continue to cause???? Until you live in a state that deals with this on a daily basis, you will not understand it.”
Another shocking thing we learned at the border is that we have illegal immigrants coming in from Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria. This should be cause for major concerns to our national security. So have a humanitarian crisis and a national security crisis mounting on our borders, and the Commander-in-Chief can't be bothered to take the time to witness it for himself? That is a serious problem. As Peggy Noonan questions in the Wall Street Journal, “Is a nation without borders a nation?”
A new Wall Street Journal analysis of Justice Department figures finds that most children coming illegally across the border from Central America will be able to stay.
In fiscal year 2013, immigration judges ordered 3,525 migrant children to be deported, according to Justice Department figures. Judges allowed an additional 888 to voluntarily return home without a formal removal order.
Those figures pale in comparison with the number of children apprehended by the border patrol. In each of the last five years, at least 23,000 and as many as 47,000 juveniles have been apprehended …
There are many reasons children end up staying. Some see their cases linger in backlogged courts and administrative proceedings. Some win the legal right to remain in the U.S. And some ignore orders to appear in court.
Meanwhile, the First Lady of Guatemala, who visited her citizens on the border not long ago, says that these children aren't fleeing violence, which has become the talking point among many claiming they should be granted political asylum. She believes most of the children, coming from rural areas of the country not dominated by violence, are coming to the U.S. to be reunited with family. Also, the Examiner reports that the presidents of Guatemala and Mexico have entered into an agreement to make it easier for illegals from Central America to cross through Mexico in order to reach the United States.
Will the president live up to the request of Texas Governor Rick Perry and other lawmakers to send the National Guard down to the border? Amazingly enough, the White House is actually sticking by its claim that our border security is stronger than ever. If that were the case, we wouldn't have a humanitarian crisis on our hands, with 90,000 illegal minors expected to cross the border by the end of the year.