It’s sad to see them lined up like silver sardines.
They are not sardines, but kids wrapped in those shiny shock-resistant survival blankets. The news says there were 650 kids a day mid-March. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says that is up from 313 a day in February 2021 and an average of 208 a day throughout 2019.
We normalize the children when we call them UACs (unaccompanied alien children). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is running out of room and turning to FEMA for help. Soon, the UACs will be shipped all over the country to federal military facilities, as Obama did in 2014 during that surge of UACs. Under President Obama’s masterful plan, UACs rose from 38,759 in 2013 to 68,451 in 2014. President Biden’s is on track to yield a quarter of a million children this year.
Why do they come? How exactly does a 10-year-old show up at the U.S. border?
They are coming to our border now because they heard President Biden, on the campaign trail, say that the gate is open. President Biden cancelled the “Remain in Mexico” agreement that Mexico had with President Trump and the gates opened.
So, parents sent their kids with the cartel’s coyotes and $7,000 to get to the U.S. border.
What’s missing from the discussion over Biden’s illegal immigration policy is the fact that another 600,000 non-U.S. citizens overstay their visas and become illegal immigrants lost in the system. Non-U.S. citizens enter America each year with specific permits to visit on visas as students, businessmen and vacationers.
Is it serious? Yes.
Is it urgent? Yes.
The 9/11 terrorists overstayed their student visas in 2001 before they successfully executed their plan to kill thousands of Americans. Nearly 3,000 Americans died in the attacks.
I’m afraid the Biden administration isn’t interested in who is coming or staying in our country and what their intentions are. I don’t see a policy that keeps children under 10 with families, protects Americans through better screening of illegal and criminal immigrants, or restores the “Remain in Mexico” agreement, or anything like it.
Anita Statman of Santa Fe is former deputy cabinet secretary in the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
The Biden open-door policy is dangerous, uncontrolled and will simply hurt America.