A new intel report found that perception over Obama’s border policy – and not Central American violence – is causing the surge of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border.
Catherine Herridge at FOX News reported:
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A new intelligence assessment concludes that misperceptions about U.S. immigration policy – and not Central American violence – are fueling the surge of thousands of children illegally crossing the Mexican border.
The 10-page July 7 report was issued by the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), which according to the Justice Department website is led by the DEA and incorporates Homeland Security. Its focus is on the collection and distribution of tactical intelligence, information which can immediately be acted on by law enforcement.
“Of the 230 migrants interviewed, 219 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) and adult females OTMs (other than Mexicans) traveling with minors,” the report said.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., told reporters Tuesday, “It’s a critical situation and if we don’t deal with it urgently but well- done right- then we’re facing a crisis of just huge proportions.”
Diaz-Balart, who along with other lawmakers just visited Central America, described how human smugglers — known as coyotes – are exploiting perceived changes to U.S. immigration law after the Obama administration decided in 2012 to practice prosecutorial discretion in cases where individuals were brought into the U.S. illegally as minors.
For the record… Central America Murder Rates Are Down – Not Up