Well, here’s one good reason for President Obama to have visited the border, beyond his contemptuous claim that it would be no more than a “photo op,” which of course is something The One never engages in.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry last night told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that during his discussion with Obama Wednesday, he concluded that the president doesn’t even know where his own border patrol agents are situated, suggesting a gross lack of familiarity with the whole process.
We ought to be stopping people from crossing that border, not apprehending them after they get inland. And the president understood that. And, interestingly he did not know that. He – I’m comfortable that he was not knowledgeable about where his border patrol was stationed.
And, he gave me indications that he would work with them to move them upward to where they could be side-by-side with the DPS, with local law enforcement, with the other individuals who are sending that message all the way down to Central America: Don’t send your kids, don’t come up here, because the border, it is shut down.”
The idea of moving them up is to keep Central American kids from coming to the border in the first place, because once they’re here, they are going to stay.
In just the latest example of false information disseminated by the president and his White House, the message Obama is trying to send that Central American children will be sent home is simply not true.
According to a Wall Street Journal story today, titled Few Children are Deported:
Data from immigration courts, along with interviews with the children and their advocates, show that few minors are sent home and many are able to stay for years in the U.S., if not permanently.
In fiscal year 2013, immigration judges ordered 3,525 migrant children to be deported, according to Justice Department figures. Judges allowed an additional 888 to voluntarily return home without a formal removal order.
Those figures pale in comparison with the number of children apprehended by the border patrol. In each of the last five years, at least 23,000 and as many as 47,000 juveniles have been apprehended.
So these kids are making a rational choice based on the untended consequences of a 2008 law that ensures they must have a hearing before being deported, as well as the consistent message of lenience, particularly for children, sent by the Obama administration.
In fact, the number of children physically removed from the United States has declined every year since Obama took office, totaling just 1,600 during fiscal year 2013, less than half the total for 2009.
This White House created a problem. And as usual when Obama crises break out, the administration wasn’t ready for it, despite signs that it would happen.
H/T Gateway Pundit.