Lax US border security and civil war in Central America have resulted in a massive influx of Salvadorean immigrants to the United States over the past 30 years.
One-fifth of the population of El Salvador now live in the United States.
Best-selling author Ann Coulter argued in May that about one in four Mexicans now lives in the United States.
Obama says the Central American refugees need to come here because of violence back home. The Central American “refugees” say they are coming here because of lax Obama immigration policies.
And then there’s this.
Obama is misusing federal law to expand migration to the United States from Ventral America.
Obama administration quietly misusing refugee laws to expand migration from Central America https://t.co/SEv4umqeK2
— David Frum (@davidfrum) August 29, 2016
Center for Immigration Studies reported:
In a previous report, we highlighted the Obama administration’s relentless efforts to welcome children (and adults) from Central America into the United States under the refugee umbrella, despite the lack of solid grounds for granting refugee status, even by United Nations standards.
New measures were announced last month to further the administration’s renewed commitment to “address Central American migration challenges” and admit more people from that region. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said “Today, we are expanding these resettlement opportunities to additional vulnerable individuals within the region [Central America]. This will increase the number of individuals to whom we are able to provide humanitarian protection while combating human smuggling operations.” (Emphasis added).
In our opinion, this recent expansion of “refugee resettlement opportunities” is not about protecting children and vulnerable populations (who, to begin with, do not qualify as refugees) but about providing, and paying for, a legal path to Central Americans who want to come to the United States and join their family members. This disguised vehicle for family reunification has grown wider as additional categories of family members (adult children, parents, and even “caregivers”) are now able to participate in the program and move into the United States.
The Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program was established in December 2014 to, supposedly, offer minors a safe and legal alternative to a risky illegal crossing of the border. The program allowed parents 18 years of age and above who were lawfully present in the United States (on Permanent Resident Status, Temporary Protected Status, Parolee, Deferred Action, Deferred Enforced Departure, or Withdrawal of Removal) to ask for their children to come and join them. Children had to be unmarried, under the age of 21, and residing in El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras. They had to also meet the definition of refugee or be eligible for parole.
In December 2014 House Republicans approved nearly $1 billion for Central American immigrants.