Skip to comments.New solution to border crisis: Send U.S. officials to Honduras to give kids refugee status?
Posted on 07/24/2014 8:36:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
A foolproof plan to ease pressure on the border thats currently being considered by the White House. Why force kids to make a dangerous trip through Mexico only to end up as illegal immigrants in the United States when we could go to them, grant them legal status, and send them north to America ourselves? Its so crazy it just. might. work.
Minor footnote: Federal law doesnt allow refugee status to be granted for fear of street gangs, only for fear of racial/religious/political persecution, but oh well. Legal details never stopped Obama before.
If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House said, putting the violence in Honduras on the level of humanitarian emergencies in Haiti and Vietnam, where such programs have been conducted in the past amid war and major crises
The proposal, prepared by several federal agencies, says the pilot program under consideration would cost up to $47 million over two years, assuming 5,000 applied and about 1,750 people were accepted. If successful, it would be adopted in Guatemala and El Salvador as well
Children would be interviewed by American immigration employees trained to deal with minors, and a resettlement center would be set up in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, with assistance from international organizations like the International Organization for Migration
[T]he draft proposal suggested that 35 to 50 percent of the applicants in Honduras could be considered for relief, a figure the White House said was inflated. The early draft, the White House said, was the most generous and least likely of the options the administration is considering. How many people are accepted is critical, because refugees qualify for public assistance upon arrival in the United States.
The theory, I guess, is that illegal immigration will be reduced if you move the permiso to the migrants own country. Convince them that they have a chance of being given safe passage to the U.S. and theyll stay put and take their chances with the refugee system. Or will they? How many times would the average parent and child accept being either wait-listed or denied refugee status before they said screw it and went north to the U.S. anyway? Twice, maybe? Nearly everyone who applies and is rejected will immigrate illegally to the U.S., I assume. The demand is there, theres a supply of coyotes willing to bring them north QED. Meanwhile, once word gets out that the Americans are willing to take some kids from Honduras on humanitarian grounds, other would-be illegals will naturally assume that the feds will be more lenient with them if they decide to come north and enter the U.S. without a permiso. Remember, one of the apparent causes of the border crisis is a misunderstanding in Central America involving DACA: When the feds extended the program in June of this year for DREAMers who were already here and already enrolled in the program, some migrants apparently took that to mean that newly arrived DREAMers would also be allowed to enroll. Theres lots of misinformation out there about U.S. immigration law, much of it no doubt spread by traffickers who want to drum up business. If this plan is adopted, were essentially going to be advertising in Honduras that, yes, permisos are now available right in your own backyard. Hows that likely to work out in a country that poorly understands our law and thats already a hotbed of illegal immigration?
The next step, logically, should be to expand this policy to places like Iraq and Syria where there really are lots of refugees as that term is traditionally understood, but since Iraqis and Syrians lack the sort of massive political constituency in the U.S. that Latino voters represent for Central Americans, I assume theyll be SOL. Or do I assume too much? The Honduras proposal is really the logical endgame of hard-left support for amnesty: If you want to start absorbing foreign populations, its silly and even mean to force them to make difficult journeys north and then play hide and seek with the Border Patrol to earn their prize. Why not go to where they are and start handing out visas and bus tickets? If Obama tries this idea, the pressure on him to expand the number of visas granted annually from 1,750 to many times that number will be instant and intense, precisely because this is a game of mass population absorption, not token gestures to a handful of the local citizens. In fact, this may even be the beginning of a new Orwellian transformation in the terminology used for this subject. First it was aliens, then it became illegal immigrants, then it became undocumented immigrants (or undocumented Americans for true Newspeak devotees), and maybe now well see a concerted movement to dub all illegals refugees, even if they dont qualify by law. Its a short progressive leap from handing out asylum to people fleeing general street violence to fleeing economic violence or whatever. Why not them too? Why not everyone?
Better yet, set up a 1 mile free fire zone south of the border in Mexico.
This is fine with me if they all have to move in with Obama and Mooch - or to Martha’s Vineyard or the upper East side.....or the Hamptons (which didn’t even want the Kardashians).
Otherwise it’s crap.
The latest estimate of the population of the globe is about 7 billion people, I think. That probably means there are approx. 3.5 to 4 billion kids on the globe. All these kids, according to Nancy Pelosi, should be welcome in the U.S. Given that, they’ll probably all come, then because of chain migration, their parents and all relatives will also come.
Once it’s clear, those of us with a brain can move to South America where the weather is beautiful and start a new country.
U.S. Considering Refugee Status For Hondurans
See post 27 - list of links
I think it should be an even trade.
We’ll send them 100,000 US officials.
Impeach his a$$, and ever Democrat that slithers the halls of government.
Kidnapping on a massive and international scale.
I call dibbs on Equador.
.... If there is anybody left in this government with two actual and functional braincells left in their collective brains to put together .... they would create an international event that would put stress upon both Mexico and Honduras by literally closing the southern border to ALL Immigrants until this thing is sorted out.
.... The financial strain on the southern countries would create an immediate strain on their economies and resources that they would move quickly (Unlike the American elitist government) and immediately stem the flow of the dreamers that are coming to facilitate a Cloward/Pivenesque collapse of the American system and economy. This would also serve to divert the worlds attention towards the southern countries handling of this event and create the illusion that the US is actually able to control it's own southern borders.
.... Sadly .... i know that this scenario is only wishful thinking.
This is pure insanity. They aren’t refugees. This will only increase the flow. Enough already.
Gosh, I wonder what the other 3250 will do?
If they really want to help people being persecuted, how about the Christians in the Mideast, the ones whose lives are actually in danger RIGHT NOW! The ones who are being tortured and killed because of religious persecution.
There are Christian children suffering more than Hondurans.
Send them to Costa Rica or Puerto Rico. At least they share similar languages.
Living in the US today is something like living in the Soviet Union under Brezhnev. Brezhnev pretty much did whatever he wanted to do. No one went to a gulag, but then again no one could stop what the central leadership had decided to do.
Crazy. Even JFK would be appalled.
Guyana is english speaking.
Why not go to Eastern Ukraine and interview kids there. they are in real danger. How about Christians in Iraq, Syria, and Africa? These people are nuts.
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