Under Obama’s Dream Act, he declared that he wouldn’t deport underage illegal immigrants already living in the United States.
Of course, the illegal immigrants in the United States were elated by the news. Many of them phoned home requesting for friends and family to join them.
Well, hundreds of thousands answered the call and are now swarming across the border. And the surge has completely overwhelmed America’s child welfare and foster care system.
In response, Obama – believing he would face less opposition by shipping these immigrants to big cities – turned nearly the entire country into pseudo border states.
So what was once a problem in Arizona and Texas is now also a problem in Illinois, California, and New York.
Indeed, Obama’s “dream” has quickly become a nightmare. And his strongest supporters are now turning their backs on him.
Lies, Lies, Lies
The political left has claimed that these children are leaving Central America because of violence.
Don’t believe it…
A recent government intelligence assessment compiled via interviews with detained illegals concludes that 95% “cited the primary reason for migrating to the United States was the perception of U.S. immigration laws granting free passes or ‘permisos’ to UAC (unaccompanied children).”
By comparison, the violence affecting black children in America’s inner cities is far worse than anything being faced by these children from Central America.
On such merits, black leaders across the country are actually denouncing Obama as a result of the ongoing immigration crisis. They believe that if Obama can find money to spend on the child immigration crisis, he should also be able to find more room in the budget for helping at-risk children who are here legally.
Speaking from Chicago, Reverend Jesse Jackson said, “If we can find $4 billion for those children – and we should – we can find $2 billion for Chicago. There are more children involved, and more have been killed, and more have been shot.”
Just over the Fourth of July weekend, nine people were killed – and 60 injured – in the ongoing eruption of violence in Chicago.
And it’s not just the black community that’s feeling shunned. A coalition of homeless activists in Los Angeles are also upset – feeling neglected as city officials rush to find housing for illegal immigrants.
Before we start taking in “refugees” from other countries, maybe we should start focusing on the refugees in our own backyard.
Free Immigration and a Welfare State?
Many on the left continue to quote the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”
The problem with open borders today is that the system has dramatically changed.
In 1886, when the Statue of Liberty was gifted to the United States, we had no welfare system. Immigrants knew they had to work to make it in America, and they certainly did!
Today, we have a highly developed welfare system that gives these children money we cannot afford.
As America’s brilliant economist, Milton Friedman, once postulated: “It’s just obvious you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state.” The immigrants coming today are an immediate cash drain on an already-overtaxed welfare system – shoving American children out of the way to make more room for them.
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