More than 10,000 unaccompanied, illegal alien minors have illegally crossed the United States border from Mexico border between October and November of this year. According to the Daily Mail, the notable surge in unaccompanied alien children (UAC) has doubled since the same period in 2014, skyrocketing to an all-time high.
It has been reported that many of these children were settled in Ellis County at the Lakeview Camp and Retreat Center located near Waxahachie, Texas, on Saturday, December 12 and approximately 400 workers are scheduled to arrive at the facility sometime this week.
According to Texas Police News, Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown released a statement about the massive influx of illegal alien minors and how local authorities are handling the overwhelming situation. Although the department is now responsible for the safety of the children, Brown also expressed concerns about the security protocols in place to also ensure the safety of nearby residents.
“At no time will these kids be left alone,” Sheriff Brown said during a county meeting. “They will have no transportation, should they attempt to escape, so threats to our surrounding community is very low. We are forced to accept what is happening,” Brown concluded, “but I see us mitigating any dangers you may fear. I feel strongly that you all are safe, and that all precautions are being discussed and addressed.”
However, that’s not all. Apparently, illegal alien minors aren’t the only illegal immigrants crossing the border. According to the Washington Times, immigration officials have definitely had their hands full with the number of families that have attempted to cross the borders illegally. The publication reports that a staggering 12,500 people have been caught illegally crossing the border over the past year.
The surge equates to an approximate increase of about 173 percent. Immigration officials speculate many illegal immigrants are taking a risk to cross the borders with small children in hopes of taking advantage of President Obama’s seemingly lenient deportation policies.
— Sir_Max (@Sir_Max) December 14, 2015
Although previous years show a trend of high migration patterns in the spring and a gradual decrease throughout the summer and winter months, this year is quite different. At a time when migration should be diminishing, it’s surging which has left the Obama administration and the Department of Homeland Security with a very big problem that should have been resolved by now.
“We continue to aggressively work to secure our borders, address underlying causes and deter future increases in unauthorized migration, while ensuring that those with legitimate humanitarian claims are afforded the opportunity to seek protection,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.
Last year, nearly 20,000 Central American women and children were caught illegally crossing the United States border from Mexico. But with the implementation of deportation stipulations, Homeland Security saw a drastic drop in those numbers by the end of the year, which led the department to believe the problem had been resolved. However, the influx of new illegal alien minors has proved that definitely isn’t the case.
— BreitbartTexas (@BreitbartTexas) December 13, 2015
Concerns about the surge in new illegal alien minors have been expressed by both Border Patrol and Ellis County residents. Although Sheriff Brown assured the Lakeview Camp and Retreat Center would be a place of refuge for the children so they would have no reason to leave the facility, many residents aren’t too convinced things will go according to plan.
In fact, many concerned Americans have voiced their frustrations publicly by asking why the illegal alien minors are now the responsibility of the United States government. As expected, others are also wondering why American taxpayer dollars are being spent to house and care for illegal aliens. However, this definitely isn’t the first time President Obama’s lenient immigration laws have been questioned. With the influx of Syrian refugees and the number of crimes that have been committed by both documented and undocumented immigrants residing in the United States, Obama has been widely criticized for the vast majority of the problems with immigration.
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