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We need superheros to handle this problem.
The bottom line.
During the 2012, the federal government spent $18 billion on immigration enforcement which was more than on every other federal law enforcement agencies combined.
ICE and CBP also refer more cases to prosecution than those other agencies combined, and the immigration agencies also held more individuals in fiscal year 2011 than the federal Bureau of Prisons.
There are basically 6 areas that our immigration authorities focus their attention and resources. Detention and deportation of non-citizens, border enforcement, workforce enforcement, visa screening and travel control, information systems and inter agency cooperation, justice system both criminal and immigration. That is a heck of a lot of ground to cover for a huge nation.
No matter where you come down in debates on the matter it is clear that the job at hand is just huge and that there are going to be no quick fixes to a system that appears to be either broken of just plain overwhelmed.
The best estimates of how many illegal aliens reside in the USA are between 11.5 million to 12.5 million people. With over 60,000 unaccompanied minors per year crossing into the USA without proper papers. The problem is staggering in terms of numbers. Just think Puerto Rico, the entire country, only has about 3.7 million people. And Portugal around 10.5 million people.
It is like the population of Kentucky, Minnesota and Utah combined. Those are just crazy numbers to have to deal with in a fashion complete with upholding rights.
On the other hand that many people would not even come close to populating the Grand Canyon.
You just have to love this idealistic approach. So so too too bad we cannot live it out.
There are over 40 million legal immigrants living in the USA.
Some folks do not like the terms legal and illegal immigrant. The idea being that people cannot be illegal. I get that and find the concern endearing but a criminal is a criminal for whatever reason and it is illegal to enter this country without government approval. So in fact if you have done this you are an illegal immigrant and there is no need for political correctness for criminals. We do not say that gang members are members of a group. And we do not say that thieves are borrowers, it cheapens good honest people.
Now do not mistake this for honest asylum seekers that got here illegally and are now seeking legally to stay. Those folks have a very fast tracked (180) days and relatively cheap entry pathway into appropriate status.
Then there are refugees but they apply outside of the country and do everything legally. They should not be cheapened by being lumped together with folks who smuggle themselves into this country.
The USA has twice the number of "distressed" immigrants than all of Europe combined.
Children really get the same treatment as adults. If it can be shown that even though they got here illegally they were running from severe persecution then they can stay. It really is that simple folks. The process is asylum and it runs rather quickly, about 6 months from application to completion. Many remain and many are sent back to their country of origin. They are either housed until a determination or they are set loose to appear at hearings in the future. Deportaion and/or asylum are basically simultaneous.
This system is broken. Not because we have a system that cannot work but because so many now are coming that we cannot keep up with the process and keep it speedy and fair. 60 thousand a year is over 1,000 a week and that is over 100 a day being conservative. That is just too many. And clearly that system is being gamed by foreign families that get the system and have improper motive and cause.
So do you turn away the children? Or do you keep all the children? No, you do neither, you stay the course and do it on a case by case basis the best that you can. And that is a huge stress on the nation. And it causes division and argument and excessive burden on southern border states where most illegal immigration takes place. It seems like a national problem but it is increasingly a state problem.
We cannot "house" all of these children in existing facilities and the funding of such operations is phenomenal. Local areas do not want the extra burden on their existing infrastructure and are derided for opposing letting these children out in their neighborhoods. We are not seeing and outreach from non-burdened communities to help ease the pressure. Just think how many emergency or urgent care visits are occasioned by 60,000 children, well communities have to bear that burden with little help from the federal government.
The problem has now become political with a Latino Mayor of a small city being called racist because he does not want the problem in his city. It is crazy. And both parties are simply fanning the flames of the blame game. Too bad.
Not simple solutions and no new laws.
Are you partisan
Do you really think someone is to blame for this problem
Nothing is easy
Just spoke with a fellow watching CASA Miraposa out of Tucson.
All community based help for these citizens of our world. Tons of clothing and outreach and aid stations at a Greyhound bus station. (Go Greyhound!! -- they are assisting in efforts to get these mothers and children some place with a warm bed.)
Life just plain sucks for some folk. I love them. Tomorrow we see what and how we can volunteer to help the individuals. We are compelled to act in reason and compassion. Let us not call to action the same old dry and angry partisan politics. Let us solve a situation in real time.
The next time you see or hear some left or rightwinger attack others stand up and be counted and tell them to stuff it and stuff it hard and then stand up and do something. These children do not know your border from mine. Love them like you should and be somebody real.
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