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7/7/2014, "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, 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 its hands in dealing with the current influx of children."...
6/6/2014, Below, example of "Unaccompanied minor:"
6/6/2014, "Sickening Photos Of The Humanitarian Crisis At US Border Detention Centers," Business Insider, Brett LoGiurato
Added: The Dec. 2008 William Wilberforce Act was meant to focus on victims of human trafficking but in practice it welcomed all illegals:
"The entire Congress in 2008 opened the gate, and then both the president and pro-amnesty Republicans gave illegal aliens the green light....Politicians from both parties would gladly force the American taxpayer to foot the bill for their borderless welfare state. Only public pressure and the credible threat of an electoral revolt prevent the next reckless piece of social engineering."
7/14/2014, "The Conservatives Who Deserve Blame for the Border Breakdown," American Thinker, John T. Bennett
"The conservative commentators who advocated a “path to citizenship” after the 2012 election bear partial blame for the current wave of illegal immigrants from Central America. Many of those who advocated for amnesty following the 2012 election are now complaining that people indeed came expecting that amnesty.
But there is also an unbelievably bad policy at the root of the problem.
The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 is the awful piece of legislation that is allowing tens of thousands of illegal aliens to be released and remain in America while awaiting “deportation hearings” that we all know are a sham.
It is not ironic at all that that a law intended “to combat human trafficking” has facilitated human smuggling. It is not ironic because this is precisely the outcome we should expect from immigration policy designed by multicultural elites. Our inept and corrupt political class, with their utter disregard for our sovereignty, simply does not seem to care about the consequences of the laws they pass.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sources told ABC news that, reportedly, “more than 80 percent of these children will find permanent homes in the U.S., with either family or foster homes and not be sent back to Central America.” In fact, the number of Central American illegals who are deported is closer to zero. According to one high-ranking Border Patrol official, “Currently only three percent of apprehensions from countries other than Mexico are being repatriated to their countries of citizenship, which are predominantly located in Central America.”
Every single Congressperson and Senator, from both parties, voted in favor of the 2008 act. The act is a Trojan horse full of the “disadvantaged,” a group overwhelmingly prone to vote Democrat. Rick Green with the Oklahoman newspaper has a detailed write-up on the 2008 act. He zeroes in on the key provisions:
"…[T]he 2008 act mandates the current, often lengthy, procedures under which the young people are given temporary housing and an array of services while a parent or sponsor is sought in the United States pending deportation hearings, which are often delayed because immigration courts are backed up with pending cases."
When a parent or sponsor is found, the illegal aliens are released. After a year or two there is a deportation hearing. As Byron York writes, “Even if, after two or three years, a hearing judge finally orders removal, many illegal immigrants just ignore the order. No one makes them leave.”
The 2008 act has the effect of amnesty; it allows illegal aliens to disappear into America and not face deportation unless they decide to comply with a toothless legal order. Even if illegal aliens intended to comply with our laws when they first arrived -which is unlikely because they broke our laws to come here in the first place- they will probably not voluntarily comply with a toothless order after they’ve assimilated into the welfare system. The common sense alternative is expedited deportation with no release into the United States. Congress should have made that change already.
Who is to Blame?
Many Republicans are blaming the president’s [Obama] amnesty rhetoric for encouraging the current wave of Central American illegal immigrants.
The fact of the matter is that the entire Congress in 2008 opened the gate, and then both the president and pro-amnesty Republicans gave illegal aliens the green light.
The 2008 act tore a hole in our border for Central American minors. So why didn’t the influx occur sooner? Customs and Border Patrol numbers show an increase from 2009-2010, but a much larger spike occurred from 2012-2013.
Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The green light was turned on beginning in 2012-2013. In 2012, Obama granted temporary amnesty to specified categories of illegal aliens, which was certainly a green light for further illegal entry. A leaked Border Patrol memo reveals that the recent illegal aliens from Central America came to the U.S., in their own words, “to take advantage of the ‘new’ U.S. law that grants a free pass or permit.” But another segment of the American political system also filled the news with a similar message about crumbling borders: The bountiful post-2012 election pandering by certain Republicans and conservatives must have also played a role in the current wave of illegal entry."...
[Ed. note: In April 2014 "Republican" Jeb Bush told illegals it was "an act of love" for them to break our border].
(continuing): "In 2013, Republicans like Marco Rubio, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham were calling for amnesty. In 2013 McCain said Hispanics “should be ours,” arguing that amnesty would bring in Hispanic votes.
He was joined in this delusion by many commentators: Charles Krauthammer, Sean Hannity and George Will all advocated amnesty. They were eager to pander to Hispanics, despite the fact that no conceivable Hispanic voting scenario would have resulted in a Romney victory.
With all the post-election pandering, the message sent to the rest of the world was that one American political party wants open borders and the other party wants to give amnesty. Today, McCain and others act surprised that, with a “path to citizenship” dangled in front of them, many illegal immigrants answered the call. They should have known what their ill-conceived rhetoric would induce foreign citizens to do.
However the blame is apportioned, the latest breakdown of our border started with the 2008 act named after William Wilberforce. With a name so full of historical and emotional hype, perhaps it is to be expected that politicians wouldn’t think for even a moment about the actual legislation. The act contained a massive carve out, allowing for the effective dismantling of our border as far as Central American minors are concerned."...
[Ed. note: William Wilberforce was British and campaigned against slavery in the late 1700's and early 1800's].
(continuing): "If we cannot be the world’s police force, then surely we cannot be the world’s orphanage and charity.
Politicians from both parties would gladly force the American taxpayer to foot the bill for their borderless welfare state. Only public pressure and the credible threat of an electoral revolt prevent the next reckless piece of social engineering.
The conservatives who encouraged illegal immigration with talk of amnesty need to mend their errors by calling for expedited deportation and a border fence."
4/6/2014, "Jeb Bush says illegal immigration often 'an act of love'," Reuters, Peter Coon
Added, two sources: On June 10, 2014, Eric Cantor was defeated
6/10/2014, "Immigration Reform Died With Eric Cantor's Shocking Loss to a Tea Party Challenger," New Republic, Danny Vinik
"The immediate policy implications of this are clear: Immigration reform is completely dead."
6/14/2014, "Analysis: Why Eric Cantor’s shocking loss likely kills immigration reform this year," Miami Herald, Marc Caputo
"The No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House is a goner. And amid the ashes of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s shocking defeat Tuesday night, comprehensive immigration reform smolders.
This is not to say that immigration reform would have passed this year if the Virginia Republican had not been the first House majority leader to lose since 1899. Immigration reform was already endangered in 2014.
But Cantor’s defeat to tea partyer David Brat was so intertwined with immigration-“amnesty” and “illegal aliens”- that the few fence-sitters in the GOP-led House are going to flock back to the politically right side of the divide."...
Added: Cantor's “Kids:”
|2014 Illegals in Texas|
6/7/2014, Cantor: ""I have told the President [Obama] there are some things that we can work on together,” Cantor said. “We can work on the border security bill together. We can work on things like the Kids."
Cantor was referring to what has commonly been referred to as his “Kids Act,” which, as Breitbart News reported, would grant amnesty to illegal immigrants who were brought to America through “no fault of their own”–like many of the illegal immigrant children who have been pouring into the country in recent weeks....
Cantor, in language that was adopted in the House GOP’s immigration principles, has said that “one of the great founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents.” United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) National Council President Kenneth Palinkas mentioned months ago that if that is the case, Congress would have to perpetually grant amnesty to children who would qualify under the Kids Act, attracting even more illegal immigrants to attempt sneaking into America.
Dave Brat, Cantor’s primary opponent, in a Richmond Times-Dispatch op-ed...wrote that Cantor’s belief that one of the country’s founding principles is giving citizenship to illegal immigrant DREAMers was “one of the most radical pro-amnesty statements ever delivered by a sitting representative.”
“The central policy issue in this race has become Cantor’s absolute determination to pass an amnesty bill. Cantor is the No. 1 cheerleader in Congress for amnesty,” Brat continued. “This is not the Republican way to fix our economy and labor markets.”"..."Eric Cantor on Border Crisis: Let's Work with Obama to give 'Kids' Amnesty," Breitbart, Tony Lee
Comment: As soon as persons are elected to office in the US, they immediately begin to view persons outside the US as their main constituents. This leaves American voters with no representation. We're viewed as obstacles.