Immigration Reform: ls doing nothing an option?

Conservative Republicans think the [Republican do nothing response] immigration issue has turned to their benefit, removing reasons for any action this year.

A vocal minority of Republicans accuse the Obama administration of creating a crisis with the recent surge of children who have come across the southwestern border from Central America. It’s the latest [excuse] rationale of a determined bloc of House Republicans for killing a Senate-passed immigration overhaul bill which provided a pathway to citizenship for most undocumented immigrants.

The longer-term situation [if unchanged] will only get worse. The ramifications and uncertainty over a broken immigration system will damage American businesses and take a negative toll on the economy. Politically, this will strengthen the Democrats’ hold on the fast-growing Hispanic and Asian-American populations which will soon make up the majority of the US population.

Opponents are Republicans. There are about 250 votes in the House to pass the Senate bill now, but most of those are Democrats, and Speaker Boehner won’t consider a measure opposed by the majority of his [wing-nut] caucus.

For much of the year, Republicans have attempted to escape blame for failure to act on the measure with false claims that it would be impossible because of the Obama administration’s lax border policies. In reality, in fact, the budget for border security has increased more than 50 percent over the past five years, under President Obama and there are almost 4,000 more agents.

These critics rushed to use the recent surge of unaccompanied children, mainly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala as lame excused to not act on immigration. Republicans attributed the influx to President Obama’s decision two years ago to provide work permits to the so-called Dreamers: immigrants who had come as children with their families before 2012 and had been living in the United States for at least five years, were enrolled in school and hadn’t had any criminal violations.

In reality, the surge is the response to growing violence is South America and weakening economies in those countries. Many smugglers falsely tell these children they can get work permits in the United States, but it’s the poor conditions in their countries of origin that provide the incentive for these kids to make the journey and not the two-year-old administrative action.

The main objective of anti-immigration forces is to keep President Obama from taking other executive actions to ease prosecutorial discretion in immigration cases and modestly expanding the Dreamers program.

Right-wing Republicans fail to heed to the warnings of John McCain and the United States Chamber of Commerce that the party will forfeit the 2016 presidential race if it continues to stop immigration reform.

This is what it looks like when an immigration system is broken: Tens of thousands of women and children from Central America flooding the US border.

In Phoenix, a steady stream of buses, each filled to capacity with women and children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. They crossed the border in Texas, but immigration officials sent them to Phoenix because the Texas facilities were overcrowded.

Since Memorial Day weekend, near 1,000 women and children have been flown to Tucson from Texas, then driven by bus to Phoenix and dumped weary and hungry. When they arrive in the US, they are handed a bottle of water, an apple and bag of chips.

These scenes are not only enraging local groups but also causing alarm among Border Patrol officials, who worry that American policy toward these migrants is a direct cause of their increased numbers. White House officials have said that criminal violence and ailing economies in Central America, not American border security, are the primary factors driving the wave.

The unanticipated surge in migrants in recent weeks has created a political, practical and humanitarian crisis for the United States. Conservative critics argue that the administration’s soft enforcement of immigration law has sent encouraging signals to those who come to the US. But the facts do not support that claim with Obama deporting over 2 million immigrants during his administration, the most of any president ever.

Homeland Security officials are scrambling to find new detention facilities and to break up bottlenecks that have slowed deportations. Among border officials, concern is mounting that migrants, including unaccompanied minors, who have been released are spreading the word back to Central America and encouraging more to come.

But his aborted journey helps explain why there has been a rush of migration of unaccompanied minors so severe that the United Nations declared it a humanitarian crisis akin to refugees’ fleeing war.

Since early fall last year, a record (approaching 50,000) unaccompanied children have been detected and detained at the southwest United States border, most traveling from Central America, part of a larger wave that includes some youngsters accompanied by their parents and some traveling alone.

The Obama administration says the primary cause of the influx of children is rising crime and ailing economies in Central America, not policy changes in the United States.

The Obama administration has moved aggressively to deport adults but it has in fact expelled far fewer children than in the past. Largely because of a 2008 federal law aimed at protecting trafficked children, the administration in 2013 deported one-fifth the number of Central American children as were expelled in 2008, according to federal government statistics.

The problem is that the immigration system is broken and if it is not fixed… It’s going to continue to implode.




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