Over 90,000 illegal immigrant children could attempt the dangerous border crossing into the United States as Congress and the Obama Administration send conflicting messages about what laws will be enforced, according to a memorandum by Deputy Homeland Security Chief Ronald Vitiello first reported by the Associated Press.
The record number is a 300 percent increase over the previous year. This surge in crossings has been attributed to the belief by many parents in Mexico and Central America that there is a window of opportunity for amnesty for the young because of the ongoing debate among Republican politicians regarding the “Dream Act.”
After Cantor declared that “one of the great founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents,” United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) National Council President Kenneth Palinkas pointed out that if that is the case, illegal immigrants could flood into the country believing that Congress will perpetually award amnesty to the children of illegal immigrants.
A Homeland Security internal report forecasts as many as 142,000 illegal alien children could attempt the crossing next year.