JUNE 19, 2014
Besides getting slammed with the exorbitant cost of caring for the recent invasion of illegal immigrant minors, U.S. taxpayers are doling out $2.5 million for juvenile justice reform in the Central American countries where they are coming from.
It’s as if the United States is a cash cow for this particular cause. The Obama administration claims that the tens of thousands of minors—officially coined Unaccompanied Alien Children or UAC by the government—are suddenly arriving en mass because they’re fleeing violence in their country. Truth is, the three Central American nations sending the overwhelming chunk of illegal aliens—Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala—have long been renowned as hotbeds of crime that long ago spread north.
The U.S. has been deeply impacted over the years. In fact, the deadliest and most feared street gang in this country, the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), was founded in Los Angeles by immigrants who fled El Salvador’s civil war in the 1980s. Since then, the MS-13, well known for its violence and brutality, has spread to most major American cities, including the metro D.C. area where federal authorities say gang members operate prostitution rings using girls as young as 12 years old.
In Central America it’s quite common that children join these deadly criminal enterprises at a very young age. The Obama administration is sending money to “promote alternatives to incarceration” and improve prison conditions for those who do end up in jail in Guatemala, El Salvador and/or Panama. “Corrections systems in these countries suffer from acute overcrowding and inefficiencies which contribute to poor conditions and, at worst, active criminal recruiting and leadership of criminal activities from within prisons,” according to the grant announcement posted by the government.
Uncle Sam’s $2.5 million check will, among other things “improve corrections administration and professionalism” in these Central American countries. It will also create opportunities for “re-socialization” of the offenders through community service, paid work or studies to learn a profession or trade and pay for legal representation. The administration justifies the investment by asserting that it will minimize the impact of international crime and illegal drugs on the United States, its citizens and partner nations.
In the meantime, the U.S. continues taking in Central American youths—and in some cases their parents—that have entered the country through the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. One mainstream newspaper reports this week that there’s no end in sight to the onslaught. “They are now arriving at a rate of more than 35,000 a month,” the article says and the number is expected to reach up to 90,000 across the Southwest border by the end of the year. “Once they are processed, the Border Patrol has been flying many families to other states and releasing them en masse at bust stations with notices to appear in immigration courts at their destinations,” according to the article. Could there be a bigger compromise of national security?
Judicial Watch has reported extensively on this scandal and what it’s costing American taxpayers. In fact, JW participated in a White House press call last week where senior administration officials revealed that they were asking Congress for more than $2 billion to deal with the “humanitarian crisis.” Art Del Cueto, the president of the Tucson Border Patrol Union, told JW that many of the youths coming in are not little kids, but rather older teens with possible gang affiliations. While they gangbang in the U.S., our government keeps sending money to improve prison conditions for their brethren back home.
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