Illegal immigrant children are surging into the United States of American at a rate not experienced since the peak of the controversial influx last summer. The Obama administration maintained that once a taxpayer-funded media campaign explaining to potential border crossers that just making it to America does not mean you can stay, or qualify the individual for the DREAM Act were conducted, the massive illegal immigration would end. Border Control statistics appear to show the White House releases have not garnered such results.
In March, approximately 3,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children reportedly walked across the Mexican border into America. Since the long, cold winter of 2014-2015 has ended, U.S. Border Patrol officials are reportedly concerned that tens of thousands of unaccompanied children will once again be arriving. Border Patrol agents have reportedly found it extremely difficult to determine if young men coming across the border are truly minors, or in their early 20s and possibly drug gang members.
During the first six months of the current fiscal year, U.S. Border Patrol agents have captured 15,647 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children coming across the Mexican border. During this same time frame in 2014, agents reportedly caught 28,579 unaccompanied children coming into the United States. All of the children must be given food, shelter, medical care, and educational services.
During the current fiscal year, Border Patrol agents have also captured 13,911 “family units” illegally entering the United States. The vast majority of the illegal immigrants who were caught crossing the border were released from detention and did not show up for their deportation hearing. “These statistics show that the surge of illegal arrivals from Central America was never really over,” Jessica Vaughan, Center for Immigration Studies policy studies director, said.
A recent Rasmussen poll found that 62 percent of responders believe the United States government is “not aggressive enough” in deporting those illegal immigrants coming into the United States. Only 15 percent of poll participants feel that the Obama administration’s current policy was “about right” when it comes to dealing with illegal immigration. A total of just 16 percent of Rasmussen poll respondents said the current immigration reform policy was “too aggressive.”
In the same illegal immigration poll, a total of 83 percent of participants immigrants should be mandated to prove that they are “legally allowed” to be in the United Stats before receiving taxpayer-funded aid on the local, state, or federal level. When Rasmussen pollsters asked if a baby of an illegal immigrant born in the United States should automatically become a U.S. citizen, 54 percent said no. Current laws permit such citizenship status are the practice has been dubbed “anchor babies” by many. A total of 51 percent of the immigration poll respondents said that illegal immigrants who have American-born children should not be exempt from deportation.
What do you think about the latest surge of illegal immigrant children and “family units” entering America and the results of the Rasmussen poll?