Has the Obama administration engineered a humanitarian crisis in order to advance progressive policies on illegal immigration? That’s the charge Glenn made in his opening monologue Monday night on TheBlaze, connecting the President’s stance on illegals and a series of alarming stories from the border that have raised a lot of questions.
Last week, Glenn reported on a spike in illegal immigrant children trying to cross the border. In fact, some reports claim that 60,000 children will attempt to cross the border this year alone. Border agents are overwhelmed and ill-equipped to process such a huge number of illegals, let alone teenagers and kids as young as nine years old.
President Obama came out and called this an “urgent humanitarian crisis” last Monday, and has requested an extra $1.4 billion – yes BILLION – in order to cope with the crisis. Meanwhile, over 700 kids are now being sheltered in a warehouse in Arizona.
It’s a tragic situation. No one – even the staunchest opponents to illegal immigration – want to see kids suffering in a makeshift shelter, missing their parents and longing for the better life promised by the American Dream.
But as the news cycle is dominated by the gut wrenching tragedy of the situation – no one is asking the important question: why the sudden influx of kids on the border? Why are they coming now?
The administration and the media are reporting that they are fleeing extreme poverty and rising violence – but hasn’t that been going on for years now?
Glenn noticed that in one news report from the LA Times there may be an answer: “Increased violence in Central America, the desire to reunify with parents and false rumors circulating in their homelands that unaccompanied children can stay indefinitely in the United States are fueling the surge, administration officials said.” (emphasis added)
A local report from KRGV gives further evidence that a local news station in Guatemala is telling mothers with kids will not be turned away at the border.