Washington Post: Less Amnesty, More Secure Borders Won't Deter Illegals
This weekend, The Washington Post published "Five myths about the Border Crisis," an article that argued that more border security and less amnesty would not deter illegal immigration. It also significantly downplayed the threat of gang recruitment in the United States.
Douglas Farah, a former Post correspondent, wrote that it is a "myth" that "U.S. immigration policy is to blame for the surge of unaccompanied minors." Furthermore, Farah alleged that it is also a myth that "increased border security would significantly stem the flow of migrants." He even said that an increase in the number of illegal immigrants does not elevate the threat of gang activity in communities.
Farah wrote that coyotes, "sophisticated networks of human smugglers, drug traffickers, weapons merchants and bulk-cash smugglers, show incredible ingenuity in crossing the border," but Farah did not acknowledge that having more security at the border would make it more difficult for them.
He also failed to mention that the number of illegal immigrant juveniles who have agreed to be smuggled drastically increased after President Barack Obama enacted his temporary amnesty program in 2012. Smugglers, as he noted, "spread word that children and mothers with children who came to the United States would be allowed to stay." But more migrants started to believe them after Obama's temporary amnesty, which is why the Obama administration has now been trying to make clear to Central American migrants that they will not receive amnesty if they cross the border.
He conceded that "there’s some truth to the notion that the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Calle 18 gangs are using the situation to accelerate a strategy of seeking asylum in the United States and trying to expand their reach," but he then dismissed the concerns people have that gang activity could follow illegal immigrants into their communities.
Farah also conceded that blindly pouring aid into Central America will not deter illegal immigration, and migrants making the trek to the United States are not the "poorest of the poor." He wrote that those who are truly "at the bottom of the economic ladder rarely have the means to make the trek," and the "truly destitute and desperate are migrating internally or moving to Costa Rica or Belize — nearer, more peaceful nations now being overwhelmed by the migrations."