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Immigration Bedlam

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A public-health and public-safety disaster


That summarizes the situation on America’s southern frontier, as well as Obama’s freeing of almost 104,000 illegal-alien criminals last year. He clearly doesn’t give a damn about shielding Americans from the public-health and public-safety dangers posed by those who breach the border, including deadly felons now walking American streets.

Waves of unaccompanied children are washing over the border with growing intensity. And many are bearing dangerous diseases.

Illegals are heading into the general population, even after testing positive for tuberculosis. “The feds are putting them on public transportation to God knows where,” a law-enforcement official recently told columnist Michelle Malkin.

“We are starting to see chicken pox, MRSA staph infections; we are starting to see different viruses,” Texas-based Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera explained to ABC’s KNXV-TV in Phoenix. “There’s been an outbreak of scabies that’s been going on for the past month.” Scabies (shown in photos below) is a contagious, intensely itchy skin infection caused by microscopic, burrowing, egg-laying mites. Border Patrol officers have contracted it while handling the flood of illegal-alien children.

In the Border Patrol facility in McAllen, Texas, sick and healthy illegals are separated by a strip of yellow tape that reads: “Police line. Do not cross.”

In May 2013, an illegal, age 28, was diagnosed with rabies while detained in southern Texas. “He was in his cell, and his throat hurt so bad, he was spitting on the floor,” Ryan Wallace of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. After the Guatemalan died, doctors had to evaluate 742 individuals who had been in contact with him.

This crisis is expanding.

Some 6,775 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) crossed the U.S.–Mexican border in 2011, the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement reports. (The first bar in the ORR’s chart, above, should read 2003–2011.) ORR expects 60,000 UACs this year. This number could reach 130,000 in 2015. Detaining them for $252 each, per day, will cost taxpayers $453.6 million per month this year and could cost $982.8 million per month next year.

Americans are chewing the moldy fruit of Obama’s dictatorial rule by decree. After Congress declined to pass the DREAM Act — designed to give de facto amnesty to children brought into the country by unlawful-immigrant parents — Obama imposed it anyway, via executive order. Then in June 2012, also without statutory authority, Obama launched the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA offers to legalize illegals brought to America as children and just was renewed for two more years — again, without congressional approval.

These amnesty measures have made news in Mexico and beyond.

Nora Griselda Bercian Diaz broke into Texas with her daughter, age six. Before surrendering to Border Patrol agents, the Guatemalan mother told KRGV-TV that the perception back home is: “Go to America with your child. You won’t be turned away.”

Honduras’s La Prensa outlined for its readers what happens after kids clear the border and enter U.S. custody: “During their stay, in addition to accommodations and food, children receive English classes, play sports, and participate in targeted programs while immigration authorities contact their families.”

The message in Mexico and Central America is: Come and get it! Thus, parents already here illegally now summon their alien children.

Homeland Security officials “actually assisted the criminal [child-trafficking] conspiracy in achieving its illegal goals,” U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen ruled in a case last December. “DHS completed the criminal conspiracy, instead of enforcing the laws of the United States, by delivering the minors to the custody of the parent illegally living in the United States.”

Beyond pathogens, Americans also should beware of potential violence, thanks to the 36,007 illegal-alien convicts whom Obama released last year rather than conclude their deportation proceedings. Responsible for an aggregate 87,818 convictions, these hoods are guilty of:

‐ 15,635 drunk-driving incidents

“This would be considered the worst prison break in American history, except it was sanctioned by the president and perpetrated by our own immigration officials,” said Representative Lamar Smith (R., Texas) after the Center for Immigration Studies exposed this outrage. “These criminal immigrants should have been deported to ensure that they could never commit crimes on U.S. soil. But instead, ICE officials chose not to detain them and instead released them back onto American streets.”

These drunk drivers, rapists, and killers are in addition to the 67,879 criminals whom Obama separately unleashed in 2013, before their deportation proceedings had begun. All told, Obama has sprung 103,886 illegal-alien criminals. They are enjoying America, neither incarcerated in nor ejected from this country.

And, of course, as the Border Patrol devolves into the National Babysitting Service, Islamofascists can waltz in with radioactive isotopes, maps of reservoirs, and blueprints of air-intake ducts.

Trans-border tuberculosis? Freed murderers? Terrorists tiptoeing into Texas? Whatever.

A president’s primary responsibility is to defend Americans from foreign dangers. Alas, as regards this duty, Obama couldn’t care less.

— Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been amended since its initial posting.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor, a contributor to National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.


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