[Hat tip: Fausta]
White House Domestic Policy Council director Cecilia Munoz, in a call with the press:
…[blamed] misinformation that is being deliberately planted by criminal organizations, by smuggling networks, about what people can expect if they come to the United States” for the influx of Central Americans.
This may just be the truest thing the administration has said in years.
Of course, belief in the untrue assertions of those “criminal organizations” and “smuggling networks” was encouraged by Obama’s bypassing Congress in June of 2012, prior to the 2012 election, to announce his very own passage of the blocked DREAM act. But who needs Congress?—we don’t need no steenking Congress.
More from the administration yesterday [emphasis mine]:
Deputy DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the department is “surging resources to increase our capacity to detain individuals and adults with children, and to handle immigration court hearings.”
“This will allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement — or ICE — to return unlawful migrants from Central America who are ordered removed to their home countries more quickly,” Mayorkas said. “…With very few exceptions, all individuals apprehended, including adults with children, are placed in removal proceedings.”
“…But let me make one very important point, and that is that our detention and notice-to-appear decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, and of course, our detention decisions are predicated on an assessment of our prioritization, including at the very top our national security and public safety concerns.”
Sounds pretty tough, right? Of course, why was there virtually no response from the feds till now, after the whole thing was publicized on Fox?
And then there’s also this [emphasis mine]:
“The question before us is how can we make the process more efficient, given the surge in the number of individuals who are being apprehended, and how best can we address those individuals in terms of their humanitarian claims of relief, as well as the removal for those who are not claiming credible fear,” Mayorkas said.
Aye, there’s the rub. Who among them don’t have “humanitarian claims,” and who wouldn’t be claiming “credible fear”? Nobody.
You think I’m making up that “nobody”? Think again:
…[T]he children and adults respond with very deliberate and rehearsed answers when questioned by Border Patrol.
They immediately claim credible fear from gang violence or say, “I was scared I would be killed,” one of the Border Patrol agents working along the border told TheBlaze.
“It’s something they’re all saying and it’s obvious that it is well-rehearsed and it is a consistent story,” said Albert Spratte, a Border Patrol agent and union representative with the National Border Patrol Council’s Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley sector. “We can’t even get them to answer their name before they tell us the gangs were the reason they fled their country.”
And what of the administration’s policy of releasing the newcomers with a letter to appear in court in a bit? That usually goes about as you’d expect:
They all know that their family and friends before them received an “order to appear in court” document that allows them safe passage throughout the country.
The illegal immigrants rarely report to court within the 90 days ordered, and most disappear into the fabric of immigrant communities throughout the country without fear of deportation.
I don’t see either Munoz or Mayorkas announcing a change in that policy.
The whole thing seems to be a pretense to give the appearance of action when in fact all that might happen is a speeding-up of an already corrupt system. Why no National Guard to actually guard the borders? One can only conclude that it’s because the federal government has no intention of stopping this influx.