Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson briefed Congress on May 29 about, among other things, a new wave of foreign children who are now illegally crossing into the United States. Members of the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network are speaking out about this growing immigration crisis.
According to estimates reported by Reuters, illegal immigration into the United States by young people under the age of 18 (traveling by themselves) will number 60,000 individuals during 2014 — a ten-fold increase of such action since 2011. In 2015, that number is expected to more than double to 130,000 youth making unlawful border crossings.
If they are caught, the economic strain on the government posed by young illegals is intense. Initial detainment costs over $250 per day. Housing is becoming a scarce commodity, with at least one military facility already being used to house them.
And the law prevents swift deportation for children. Young illegals are sometimes put in foster care. In other cases, they are reunited with their parents — even if their parents are living in the United States illegally.
This shocking state of affairs comes as the Obama Administration is expected to announce more executive-level alterations to American immigration policy in the near future that will bypass congressional approval. While many young illegals claim they are coming to America to escape gangs, abuse and violence, they are also entering the country at a time when their presence can open up to special benefits to them such as specific education opportunities to bring family members living abroad into the United States at a later date.
Responding to this increasing immigration problem, Project 21 member Jerome Hudson said:
While America is, and should be seen as, a place for refuge and boundless opportunity, it should not become an international welfare center.
President Obama’s brazen willingness to cherry-pick certain laws — enforcing some while bending others — has set a terrible precedent and sent a horrifying message to these children and the world that says: If America’s president doesn’t enforce his country’s immigration laws, why should we be expected to respect them?
Additionally, Project 21 member Christopher Arps said:
This is just the next logical evolution of the anchor baby phenomenon.
Instead of illegals coming to the United States to have their children here in hopes they will someday become automatic citizens, many illegal children are coming to the United States in the obvious hope that a compassionate America will bestow amnesty on them now and citizenship for them later.