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Saturday, June 17, 2017

William Wilberforce Act signed Dec. 23, 2008 forced the US to provide homes for all persons from Central America who crossed the US border and could be said to be under 21. The law passed House and Senate unanimously in 2008-NY Times, 7/7/2014

Image: 12/23/2008, "President George W. Bush signing the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. Credit Charles Dharapak/Associated Press." By 2014, the 2008 William Wilberforce Act was said to be the cause of much of the surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America. Border crossers from non-contiguous countries who could be said to be under 21 were automatically allowed to stay in the US.










From NY Times article: "Congress had already scuttled an earlier attempt at broad immigration reform despite the strong backing of Mr. Bush."...

In a lame duck session of congress the day before Christmas Eve, it was the greatest gift the US political class could give itself and its globalist donors, "broad immigration reform," in this case, open borders for MS 13 gang members and other violent Central American cultures. Elected Republicans show they'll steal your house from under you if they think you're not looking. 

Commenter to NY Times article about William Wilberforce Act:

"Fredda Weinberg




 
This NY Times article about the border invasion was published on July 7, 2014, about 3 weeks after the stunning June 10, 2014 defeat of Open Borders Establishment Republican House Majority "leader" Eric Cantor in his Virginia home district. Among Cantor's many negative attributes was his insistence that US taxpayers, their schools and communities already stretched, make room for a constant flood of homeless people from violent cultures in Central America and elsewhere. Voters in Cantor's district had tried hard to get his attention for many years. They had good reason to remove him. As CBS News correctly deduced at the time, Cantor's exit would highlight that Republican House members view the border quite differently than their voters (who have nowhere else to go). Elected Republicans don't see a country. They see an untended cash register. Ordinary Americans see a daily life and death issue and a political class that laughs at them: CBS News, 6/10/2014, on Eric Cantor's defeat: "The aftermath of this race will likely mean that Republican House members, who have long feared a primary challenge over the issue of immigration, will now completely back away from the idea of immigration reform." 

In 2014 Obama said he can't stop the Central American border invasion, his "hands are tied," because of the 2008 William Wilberforce law. The GOP was fine with that.

As expected, Eric Cantor immediately got a job on Wall Street

July 7, 2014, "Immigrant Surge Rooted in Law to Curb Child Trafficking," NY Times, Carl Hulse

"It was one of the final pieces of legislation signed into law by President George W. Bush a measure that passed without controversy [two days before Christmas], along with a pension bill and another one calling for national parks to be commemorated on quarters. 

“This is a piece of legislation we’re very proud to sign,” a White House spokesman, Tony Fratto, told reporters on Dec. 23, 2008, as the president put his pen to the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, named for a 19th-century British abolitionist. “This program has been very effective around the world in trying to stop trafficking in persons.”

Now the legislation, enacted quietly during the transition to the Obama administration, is at the root of the potentially calamitous flow of unaccompanied minors to the nation’s southern border.

Originally pushed by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers as well as by evangelical groups to combat sex trafficking, the bill gave substantial new protections to children entering the country alone who were not from Mexico or Canada by prohibiting them from being quickly sent back to their country of origin. 

Instead, it required that they be given an opportunity to appear at an immigration hearing and consult with an advocate, and it recommended that they have access to counsel. It also required that they be turned over to the care of the Department of Health and Human Services, and the agency was directed to place the minor “in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child” and to explore reuniting those children with family members.

The Obama administration says the law is partly responsible for tying his hands in dealing with the current influx of children. Officials have suggested that the White House might seek flexibility in the law’s requirements when it asks Congress to provide emergency funds to contend with the latest immigration crisis, a request that could come as early as Tuesday. About 52,000 minors without their parents have been caught at the Southwest border since October.

“Giving the secretary of homeland security additional authority and discretion that he can use to confront that situation more efficiently, making sure that we are acknowledging the humanitarian issues that are at stake while also enforcing the law, is a priority,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said Monday. “It’s the priority of this administration, and if you listen to the public comments of Democrats and Republicans, it sounds like it’s a bipartisan priority.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who helped write the measure, said the White House does not need new power to act. “That law already provides the administration with flexibility to accelerate the judicial process in times of crisis,” she said. “The administration should use that flexibility to speed up the system while still treating these children humanely, with compassion and respect.”

On Capitol Hill, Democrats said they expected that the administration’s initial request for border money would not push for changes in the trafficking law but that the White House would try to work with relevant congressional committees to eventually win revisions.

Democrats have shown reluctance to endorse narrow immigration law changes after House Republicans balked at a much more sweeping overhaul and seem hesitant to tinker too much with the William Wilberforce Act.

In a recent letter to Speaker John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, said Congress must ensure that the provisions of the trafficking victims act, “which passed the House and Senate unanimously and was also signed into law by President Bush, are fully enforced, so that due process is provided to unaccompanied children and the safety and well-being of unaccompanied children is protected.”

Republicans, who are calling for changes that would make it easier to send them back, blame President Obama for the surge of children at the border, saying he provided a lure by instituting a program that deferred deportations for some immigrants who entered the nation illegally as children."...

[Ed. note: This is Fake News. The GOP would erase the entire US border, move the population of Central America into the US, and force half of America to live on the streets. The GOP's pals at the NY Times are playing along pretending the GOP has the slightest concern about the border.] 

(continuing): "Representative Jeff Fortenberry, a Nebraska Republican and a chief backer of the original bill, said multiple factors contributed to the crisis, including “exploitation of our laws, the ungoverned space in Central America, as well as the desperate poverty faced by those deciding to cross.”

“With all these factors in mind, it’s hard to think that today’s situation at the border can be directly attributed to a law that’s been in effect now for six years,” Mr. Fortenberry said.
 
What many can agree on is that the Wilberforce law was not enacted with the idea of dealing with the current flow of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors or providing an incentive for children to reach the border.

“It is classic unintended consequences,” said Marc R. Rosenblum, deputy director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute. “This was certainly not what was envisioned.”

Given the tense partisanship that now surrounds nearly every aspect of border policy, it is hard to imagine that a bill making such substantive changes could breeze through Congress. But the trafficking measure did so in the Bush administration’s last weeks, and it did so with bipartisan backing without so much as a recorded vote in the Senate."...

[Ed. note: Fake News again. There's absolutely no "tense partisanship" on this issue nor was there in 2014. If anything, the GOP is more desperate for  open borders than Democrats. The 2008 law passed unanimously on Dec. 23, 2008 because Republican voters didn't know about it. As CBS News reported after Eric Cantor's June 2014 defeat, elected Republicans live in fear of their voters on the issue of the border.]

(continuing): "Advocates saw it as a breakthrough on sex trafficking after Congress had already scuttled an earlier attempt at broad immigration reform despite the strong backing of Mr. Bush."...

[Ed. note: So it's not about sex after all, it's about open borders.]

(continuing): "Just two House Republicans-Representative Jeff Flake of Arizona and Representative Paul Broun of Georgia-opposed the measure when it first passed the House in 2007, but it went through Congress without opposition and with little notice in the post-election session of 2008.

Aides to Mr. Flake, now a senator, said he did not foresee the current problems but was more concerned about holding the line on federal spending at the time. He now backs revising the law. 

“Congress needs to change what it can, as soon as it can, to ensure that these unaccompanied minors are sent home without delay,” he said."...

[Ed. note: Right. Propaganda of the highest order.]

(continuing): "Immigration advocates say that they see no need for changes in the law and that the Obama administration should be able to work within the existing framework to bring some order under a law that is working to meet its original purpose.

“First and foremost,” said Wendy Young, president of Kids in Need of Defense, who was an immigration adviser to Senator Edward M. Kennedy at the time of the bill’s passage, “there was a recognition that these kids are incredibly vulnerable when they are moving across international borders alone.”"

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Added: The US political class enables the world's worst thugs. Global thugs have no reason to do better for their people because the US always takes the problems off their hands.

 "Normally, bad government is unstable government. When a government makes a substantial part of its population destitute or unhappy, it can expect them to work against that government, first as individuals and over time as political parties, gangs — or even armies. But with America close-by to absorb the most unhappy, bad governments have found a release for those segments of their populations they most fear: the poor, the ambitious, the disgruntled."...

US taxpayers have become the safety valve for tyrannical and incompetent governments the world over. America's acceptance of refugees by the millions for decades has protected global thugs from the consequences of their behavior. And has converted US taxpayers into slaves of global thugs.


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