Military bases are now being used to house alien children and teens. Newspapers in Central America are spreading the rumor that once you get to America you can stay without fear of deportation. And many are coming to the border with rehearsed answers that virtually guarantee they will not be immediately deported.
However, the “rumors” are true. Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is both allowing and encouraging thousands of children and teens to board buses and trains to the U.S. Mexican border where they easily cross the Rio Grande where humanitarian aid awaits.
The Deferred Action program used by minors coupled with adults and the, “I’m escaping gang violence” mantra is sending a surge of illegal immigrants into the U.S. that hasn’t been seen in the last few years – over 167,000 (not including those from Mexico) in the last eight months. And then here come the lawyers!
Operation Safe Passage: An organization designed specifically to help get illegal aliens up the age of 21 permanent residential status and ultimately citizenship in the U.S. According to the Project’s website, “Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is an immigration classification available to certain undocumented immigrants under the age of 21 who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by one or both parents. SIJS is a way for immigrants under twenty-one to apply for and obtain legal permanent residence in the United States.” There are a few legal hoops an applicant has to jump through, including being declared a dependent in court, being unable to reunite with a parent, and being unable to return to his/her own country.
And immigration attorneys are lining up to help make it possible. “SIJS waives unlawful entry, working without authorization, status as a public charge, and certain immigration violations,” the site said. “Once a minor receives SIJS, he/she will be able to adjust his/her status to that of a lawful permanent resident, obtain work authorization, and eventually apply for US citizenship.”
The ‘Rehearsed’ Answers Illegal Immigrants Are Using at the Border to Gain Entry into the U.S.
A Honduran woman clutched her small baby boy from the back of a Border Patrol transport truck. She was sitting with 12 other people, mostly children, who had just made their way from Reynosa, Mexico, across the Rio Grande by the Anzalduasin Texas.
The mother, who had crossed first with one baby, had left her infant and older son along the banks of the river in Mexico. Her two children followed in a second raft and joined their mother after the Border Patrol took her into custody.
“We’re fleeing,” the mother told the Border Patrol agent, who detailed the conversation to TheBlaze on the condition that he not be named. The group did not run, but voluntarily turned themselves in to U.S. federal custody and claimed what is known as credible fear to apply for asylum in the U.S.
They all knew it was only a matter of time before they would be set free.
Border Patrol agents along the southwest border have been directed not to speak with journalists after the public became aware that more than 47,000 undocumented children have illegally entered into the country over the past eight months. Most of the undocumented children crossed through the Riosector and many times, they traveled alone.
Several of the children in the Honduran woman’s group were under the age of 10 and had traveled alone looking for their parents who were in the country illegally and seeking asylum. Like most children who come, they made the dangerous trek believing that they would not be deported once they arrive. Some traveled clinging to the top of the train known as “The Beast” from Central America, or piled in overcrowded buses until they reached the border towns of Mexico.
The agents were roughly 20 minutes from the McAllen Border Patrol station where the 13 newwould be processed with more than 1,000 other people being held in the small facility.
The group, like the thousands of illegal crossers before them, would be held until they were bused or flown out to other facilities across the country for long-.
“They have heard that anybody who crosses into the United States can stay,” said a Border Patrol agent who works in the sector and is not authorized to speak on the matter. “So they keep coming.”
And the notion that everyone can stay in the United States once they cross the border seems to be a recurring theme among illegal immigrants coming from Central America–mainly Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. 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.
In fact, the 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.”
Spratte and Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera, the main union representative in the sector, spent the day with TheBlaze along the Rio Grande.
Cabrera said that on “at least one occasion we had a confirmed MS-13 that was released to his family,” referring to the ultraviolent transnational Mara Salvatrucha gang. Because the 17-year-old had no criminal history in the United States, he was allowed to stay.
“Once they get north of the checkpoint and into the interior of the United States, they’ve basically disappeared and there is no accountability for them. [U.S.and Customs Enforcement] isn’t going to deport them and these people know it,” Spratte said. “It’s worth it for them to come now just in case something later changes with regard to deportation.”