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Joe Guzzardi: Obama’s policies are luring children across the border

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Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014 10:58 pm

President Obama describes the thousands of unaccompanied minors flooding over the Southwest border as a “humanitarian crisis.” Obama’s convenient labeling takes the heat off him for his years of immigration law neglect.

In reality, what’s happening on the border is the logical outcome of the president’s world-welcoming policies followed by his various proclamations that for those who come, few will be deported. The biggest lure is Obama’s 2012 executive order, his deferred action for childhood arrivals program that, to date, has granted legal status and work authorization to more than 500,000 illegal immigrants.

Unfortunately, the young Central American aliens and their mothers’ unchecked entry has frightening similarities to another immigration disaster, the Mariel boat lift. With President Jimmy Carter’s blessing, in 1980 Cuban refugees — whose total eventually reached 125,000 — disembarked in Florida. Among them were hardened criminals and the mentally ill.

At first, the media described the Cubans as escaping Fidel Castro’s Communist regime.

Before long, even the most ardent Carter supporters like the New York Times and the Miami Herald acknowledged the president’s colossal misjudgment. Times Pulitzer Prize winning columnist James Reston correctly charged Castro with “exporting his failures.” The Herald, anticipating the adverse effect thousands of Cubans with dubious backgrounds and few work skills would have on the local Miami economy, questioned the wisdom of uncontrolled Cuban immigration.

Like Carter with Mariel, the Obama White House knows little about the Central Americans’ backgrounds other than, like the Cubans were, they’re poor, unskilled and unlikely long-term contributors to the American economy. Beyond that, Homeland Security has no idea who they are. The Senate has approved $2 billion to feed, shelter and provide medical treatment to the aliens, with more billions to come.

As the facts leak out, the border story becomes more untenable. In his Senate Judiciary Committee testimony before Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Ted Cruz reported that some of the children have been turned over, not to their U.S. relatives as the media has spun it, but into prostitution and sex slavery. Although immigration officials are struggling to take hold of the inundated border, they’re overwhelmed.

The facts behind the catastrophic border situation is that the minors aren’t running away from violence or escaping possible gang cruelty. Instead, they’re responding to a well-orchestrated campaign in their home countries urging them to head for the U.S., where they know Obama will do nothing, and they will eventually become legal permanent residents.

Here’s a word-for-word excerpt published in La Voz, a leading Honduran newspaper: “During their stay in addition to accommodations and food, children receive English classes, play sports and participate in targeted programs while immigration authorities contact their families.”

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández pleaded with Congress to increase its financial aid to his country so it could create social programs to assist the country in developing more self-sufficiency, exactly the wrong solution. More than 13,000 Hondurans have been detained this year, up from 1,000 in 2009.

One quick way to end the ongoing illegal immigrant flow is, instead of transporting them to California and Texas military bases, drop them off at the Central American Washington D.C. embassies with instructions to the consulates that until they’re returned home, financial aid to the sending countries will end.

Without firm U.S. action, more illegal immigration is sure to follow.

Joe Guzzardi, who lived in Lodi for 25 years, frequently writes about social issues. Contact him at guzzjoe@yahoo.com.

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33 comments:

  • robert maurer posted at 10:45 am on Mon, Jun 30, 2014.

    mason day Posts: 448

    "Mr. Liebich, entering the u.s illegally is not a crime.Look it up". That was a facetious comment that I posted some time ago which coincides perfectly with Mrs. Bobin's statement on Fri.6/27 1:50 pm post regarding criminal prosecution instead of administrative procedure. The law regarding immigration is spelled out clearly in title 9 USC 1459. Was that repealed or superseded? ...And your quote "may be fined or imprisoned " leaves discretion up to authorities. That brings up my last statement as to why the law is not enforced. Expense. How much does it cost to prosecute and house each one who is caught in the "time out room for adults?" And BTW , my opinion is the law, since I live by the written laws. And arguing on the internet is like the special Olympics: even when you win, you're still handicapped. Oops, I guess some of my opinions aren't law, and I find it humorous that someone would think that I would think that they are.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:36 am on Mon, Jun 30, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I'm not quite sure WHY you think that I am illiterate, Mr. Liebich, that you need to give me dictionary definitions.

    But, either way, thank you for proving my point.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 7:17 am on Mon, Jun 30, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Read a dictionary.[sleeping]

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/refugee

    ref·u·gee
    noun \ˌre-fyu̇-ˈjē, ˈre-fyu̇-ˌ\

    : someone who has been forced to leave a country because of war or for religious or political reasons

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 12:04 pm on Sun, Jun 29, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    What on earth are you talking about Robert Mauer?[huh]

    Ms. Bobin's ridiculous comment was made on Tuesday, August 14th 2012. I have posted Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code numerous times since.

    P.S. Read Title 8 Section 1325. It does NOT say illegal aliens are "too expensive to prosecute and hold in our jails." It DOES say an illegal alien may be fined OR imprisoned. Your opinion does not trump the law.
    [sleeping]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:19 am on Sun, Jun 29, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Liebich wrote: "A"refugee" is someone who has been forced to leave a country because of war or for religious or political reasons."

    Apparently, Mr. Liebich, you don't pay too much attention to what is going on in your own hemisphere, so involved are you in all of the conspiracies in the Middle East and wherever else your imagination takes you.

    Read something other than Infowars for a change.

     
  • robert maurer posted at 3:58 pm on Sat, Jun 28, 2014.

    mason day Posts: 448

    Quit stealing my comments without giving me credit for them Mr.Liebich. I was right again. Illegal immigrants as well as marijuana smokers are too expensive to prosecute and hold in our jails when there are serious criminals we should be prosecuting jailing.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 10:42 am on Sat, Jun 28, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    ENTERING THE UNITED STATES ILLEGALLY IS A CRIME!

    Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code is the federal criminal statute that outlines the elements of illegal entry and establishes penalties for the crime.
    [sleeping]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:57 pm on Fri, Jun 27, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Sorry...that "border," not "boarder," unless I was trying to make a pun about the 2 who think this is all a plot.

    And "somewhat porous" is not thousands and thousands over the past years.

    [lol]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:53 pm on Fri, Jun 27, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I am so sorry that all of the conspiracy theorists in this forum consider the ongoing crisis at the boarder with unaccompanied minor children to be some sort of government plot or Obama plot to....DO WHAT?

    You would have to be the most stupid person in world to want to create the mess we have on our hands and even more silly to think ANYONE WOULD create it.

    But, believe what you like. It is just more proof that some people don't have the sense to think things through intelligently.

    [lol]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:50 pm on Fri, Jun 27, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    If enter the US were treated as a crime instead of the usual administrative procedure, all of these children would be prosecuted, not given free room and board and transportation.

    Just look up George W Bush's 2002 Homeland Security Act.

    [lol]

    [sleeping]

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 11:00 am on Fri, Jun 27, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    "Actually, Mr. Liebich, entering the United States illegally is not considered a crime." "Look it up." [lol]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:40 am on Fri, Jun 27, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Liebich wrote: "Why did the January 2014 solicitation say "in anticipation of an event that would leave up to 65,000 minors on our southern border without their parents or guardians"

    I've read this document three times and I don't see that sentence. Please state section, paragraph, sentence.

    Section A reads: "There will be approximately 65,000 UAC in total: 25% local ground transport, 25% via ICE charter and 50% via commercial air. "

    To me, the whole RFI is in anticipation of TRANSFERRING all the detainees to other locations, NOT receiving NEW UAC's.

    FACE IT, Liebich - you are dreaming up a conspiracy. The only one in DENIAL is you.

    Can't waste time on your nonsense any longer. [sleeping]

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:32 am on Fri, Jun 27, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2850

    Ms. Bobbin stated:

    So, Mr. Liebich, tell us how YOU think this RFI shows that the "federal government has been planning..for some time."

    -Ms. Bobbin,

    Please tell us why it is somewhat bizarre in your eyes the Federal Government has been planning this?

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 9:11 pm on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    In denial. [lol]

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 9:09 pm on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Ms. Bobin,
    What does the "anticipation of an event that would leave up to 65,000 minors on our southern border without their parents or guardians" have to do with the last 3 years?
    NOTHING![sleeping]

    Mr. Barrow,
    Apparently you haven't the slightest idea what you are talking about.

    "Unaccompanied alien children" are children, under the age of 18, who have no lawful immigration status in the United States.
    [sleeping]

    A"refugee" is someone who has been forced to leave a country because of war or for religious or political reasons.
    [sleeping]

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 9:45 am on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    A solicitation on the Federal Business Opportunities website is not a "conspiracy theory."

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 9:43 am on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Why did the January 2014 solicitation say "in anticipation of an event that would leave up to 65,000 minors on our southern border without their parents or guardians" if the anticipated event had already "been happening since OCTOBER 2013?"
    [sleeping]

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:49 am on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2850

    Ms. Bobbin,

    Keeping the border somewhat porous is a well layed out plan by the Feds. Where have you been?

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:30 am on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1562

    Nice

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:28 am on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1562

    Children Refugees are by definition Unaccompanied Alien Children otherwise we would just say refugees were showing up at the border. Also you might notice that most of the adults on this forum are able to communicate without cartoons.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:16 am on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Still no comment on the fact that "unaccompanied alien children" have been flooding into the US for more than 3 years?

    So your "smoking gun" RFI has no bearing and no conspiracy - Oops - make that "pre-planning" to bring them into the US exists, Liebich.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 5:08 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    The solicitation was for "Unaccompanied Alien Children"[sleeping]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 4:09 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    O!ops! Misspoke!

    The increase began as far back as 2011 according to this article. And it states it WAS 2100 PER DAY - not 5000 per year.

    http://weekspopulation.blogspot.com/2012/04/unaccompanied-child-migrants-to-us-on.html

    Try at least to keep up to date, Mr. Liebich, instead of inventing conspiracy theories.

    [sleeping]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 4:05 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Maybe because - if you were paying attention to anything other than Inforwars - you would know that this increase in border activity has been happening since OCTOBER 2013.

    [sleeping]

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 12:13 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1562

    and children refugees are children refugees.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 12:12 pm on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    ICE detains approximately 5,000 minors under the age of 18 on a yearly basis. The fact that the government was searching for staffers to escort up to 65,000 children back in January clearly suggests advance knowledge of the massive migration now occurring on the U.S./Mexico border. This, of course brings up an important question for YOU Ms. Bobin.

    How did the U.S. government know that this influx of immigrants was going to happen?

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 7:57 am on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Liebich wrote: "The federal government has been planning to allow an influx of illegal immigrant children for some time. A treasonous invasion requires planning. Wake-Up!"

    So, Mr. Liebich, tell us how YOU think this RFI shows that the "federal government has been planning..for some time."

    [beam]

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 8:23 pm on Tue, Jun 24, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    A solicitation on the Federal Business Opportunities website is a solicitation on the Federal Business Opportunities website.[sleeping]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:40 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    The minds of conspiracy theorists work in wondrous ways, Mr. Barrow.

    We should be thanking them for the "heads-up" regarding the infiltration of illegal immigrant children who have been charged with brainwashing the general child populous to either overtly or covertly take over the government.

    Thank you, Mr. Liebich!!! Will be great to see you at the next Comic Con with your next installment of fantasy.

    [sleeping]

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 10:06 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1562

    The children are attacking?

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 10:44 pm on Mon, Jun 23, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    The federal government has been planning to allow an influx of illegal immigrant children for some time. A treasonous invasion requires planning. Wake-Up!
    https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=c6d7c0050b912fbc917a46d6709d38bd&tab=core&tabmode=list&=s%3Dopportunity&amp

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:43 am on Mon, Jun 23, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    According to an AP investigation, this crisis has more to do with 2002 Health & Human Services law signed by none other than George W Bush:

    9.3. Refugee and Entrant Assistance
    The Refugee and Entrant Assistance program is designed to help refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, Special Immigrant Visa arrivals and trafficking victims to become employed and self-sufficient as quickly as possible.

    ******As a result of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the program also IS RESPONSIBLE FOR COORDINATING AND IMPLEMENTING THE CARE AND PLACEMENT OF UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN WHO ARE IN FEDERAL CUSTODY by reason of immigration status.

    ******Refugee and Entrant Assistance funds seven areas: transitional and medical services, victims of trafficking, social services, victims of torture, preventive health, targeted assistance, AND UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN.

    Supported Strategic Goal: Advance the health, safety, and well-being of the American people
    - Supported Strategic Objective: Promote the safety, well-being, resilience, and healthy development of children and youth

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:29 am on Sat, Jun 21, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Guzzardi - I think you could have made at least a portion of your points without fabricating some of the evidence, i.e.:

    "The biggest lure is Obama’s 2012 executive order, his deferred action for childhood arrivals program that, to date, has granted legal status and work authorization to more than 500,000 illegal immigrants."

    The so-called "deferred action" executive order you reference here would NOT apply to these children. Here are the guidelines for coverage under that EO:

    Have entered the United States prior to turning 16 years old;
    Have been under 31 years old on the day the program was announced;
    Have graduated high school, obtained a GED, or be currently in school;
    Have five years of continuous presence immediately prior to the announcement (June 15, 2007 to June 15, 2012); and
    Not be convicted of certain criminal offenses.

    This does not "grant legal status." Flat out lie, here. Deferred action means just that - they will not be deported for a period of TWO YEARS unless certain conditions are met on the part of THOSE QUALIFYING, which does NOT include ANY of the children arriving NOW.

    "has granted legal status to 500,000." This is the POTENTIAL number of those who might qualify for deferred action - NOT THE NUMBER WHO HAVE RECEIVED IT. As of the end of 2013, NPR reports that very few have applied for this program.

    "Years of immigration law neglect." Really? More individuals have been deported under Obama's administration than any other president. Protests by Hispanic groups call him "The Deporter in Chief" despite claims of "inflated numbers" by conservative groups.

    More damage has been done by Republican obstructionists who refuse to take up the matter of immigration reform - witness Eric Cantor who lost his congressional seat due to his pro-reform stance.

    Guzzardi also falsely places the blame for the Mariel boat lift on Jimmy Carter. This was an effort coordinated between Cuban-American groups and Fidel Castro. Anyone alive at the time (October 1980) would know this information, but Guzzardi chooses to re-write history.

    Too bad it turned out that Castro was a lot smarter than those Cuban Americans - he took the chance to unload a lot of undesirables on the gullible Americans. They should have learned from the beating they took at the Bay of Pigs.

    The mess in Central America has a lot to do with lousy US policy in that region - beginning with President Reagan who should have been impeached for his part in Iran-Contra, and Olly North should still be in prison for coordinating that fraud.

    I like Guzzardi's "final solution," though. Cut off aid to these countries until they take back all of these illegal children. And begin instituting a viable Central American policy to prevent the mass migration of these people from their brutal circumstances in their home countries.

     

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