« ICYMI: @DaveInTexas on the Veterans Administration | Main | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: "The Border Is Secure" »
July 16, 2014

We Don't Need New Immigration Laws, We Need Someone to "Faithfully Execute" The Existing Ones

The Center For Immigration Studies has released a report analyzing the 2008 anti-human trafficking law that Obama is using as an excuse to admit tens of thousands of minors into the United States. According to their reading of the law the Obama administration is misapplying the law to these illegal aliens.

Despite the attention it has received, by its own terms, the "William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008" — a law aimed, in part, at "unaccompanied alien children" who are victims of trafficking — may have little applicability to the current situation on the border:

It appears that a significant majority of children coming across are not "unaccompanied alien children" according to the definition found in federal law. Federal law defines an "unaccompanied alien child" as an illegal alien under the age of 18 who is without "a parent or legal guardian in the United States". Data from government agencies suggest that the overwhelming majority of minors arriving on the U.S. border have family in the United States.

There is little evidence to suggest that the recent arrivals are victims of trafficking, which involves coercion. Instead, families and their children are willing participants in smuggling operations, having paid smugglers to bring them into the United States. As ICE explains, "Human trafficking and human smuggling are distinct criminal activities, and the terms are not interchangeable."

Even where the 2008 trafficking act is applicable, provisions within the law allow its application to be limited in "exceptional circumstances", which — as one prominent Democratic senator recently suggested — might include the current border crisis.

The argument is basically these kids aren't being "trafficked" which has a specific meaning which does not include "trying to get to America to live with family or friends". Since these kids aren't being "trafficked" according to the 2008 law's definition, they should not be able to use the permissive program designed to protect children who are actually victims of a criminal act.

This again shows why amnesty opponents are so adamant in any deal that includes near instant legalization for future promises of security or enforcement. Democrats and amnesty favoring Republicans are simply untrustworthy.

The politics for this are going to be tough for the GOP. Obama has requested an emergency supplemental that is weighed heavily toward care taking and is very light on enforcement. More telling, they aren't asking for any change in the enforcement law (because they know it's unnecessary?). The GOP however can't simply spend money to resettle these kids across the US and not do something, however unnecessary, to change the law. Obama and the Democrats will then attack the GOP as being anti-Hispanic, anti-children and anti-kittens. Even if the GOP can force this change through, why would anyone think Obama will care and enforce it?

Keep this in mind when Marco Rubio and others who supported the Senate's amnesty bill tell you how super serious they are about this stuff. They either got rolled by Obama or are willing accomplices. Neither is a good look.


digg this
posted by DrewM. at 12:14 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Andrew Branca: "Q: What happens if my flight is diverted to a host ..."

8x56 Mannlicher-Schonauer: " the COAT (Cartridge Of All-Time), the .41 Ma ..."

Weasel: " Weasel - Thanks, again! Posted by: stonecutter ..."

rhomboid: ""The greatest shooting range fun and mirth-making ..."

Rick9911: "Flying with firearms in checked luggage is surpris ..."

stonecutter: "Weasel - Thanks, again! ..."

rhomboid: "And a last-minute add, once again I found the M1 t ..."

Weasel: "Posted by: rhomboid at August 18, 2019 09:53 PM (Q ..."

Emmie: "[i]do not shoot something you would not eat. Post ..."

Weasel: "Thank you as well, Weasel! 98% of what I know ..."

Weasel: " As always, thanks to Weasel for the thread and to ..."

rhomboid: "Haven't read the comments [yet].First, gracias Wea ..."

Recent Entries
Search


Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64