An actor with a striking resemblance to President Barack Obama stars — and dies — in a new federal government commercial aimed at preventing and scaring Central American migrants from attempting to illegally enter the United States.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unveiled the commercial on Thursday on both sides of the border. According to ABC, the ads will be “dramatic, made in the telenovella fashion.”
The Obama doppelgänger is featured saying goodbye to his mother and father in Central America before making the treacherous journey north. He is then shown dead in the desert, sprawled on the ground — like the Guatemalan child who was recently found dead after he attempted the journey to America. That migrant’s mother reportedly urged him not to make the journey, which he wanted to do to earn money to help with his mom’s sickness.
Most parents, though, have been led to believe that they and their kids will be granted amnesty once they enter the United States despite the claims of top Obama administration officials. Migrants have jumped on so-called “death trains” or have put their lives in the hands of smugglers and cartels to sneak into the U.S.
Numerous migrants who have been interviewed said they believed they would be allowed to stay in the U.S. indefinitely if they made it across the border, and many are even flagging down Border Patrol agents thinking they will receive “permisos” to remain in the country.
As Breitbart Texas noted, the CBP said the ads will be “an aggressive Spanish language outreach effort and an urgent call to action to community groups, the media, parents and relatives in the U.S. and Central America to save and protect the lives of migrant children attempting to cross the southwest border.”
The CBP will use “print, radio ads, and billboards” in addition to making 6,500 public service announcements during the campaign.
In the fiscal year before Obama unilaterally enacted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, there were 6,500 illegal immigrant kids who entered the country, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. According to the Christian Science Monitor, “during the decade preceding fiscal year 2012, the federal government agency tasked with caring for unaccompanied minors who cross the border illegally dealt with an average of 7,000 to 8,000 cases a year.”
The Monitor noted in the the fiscal year after Obama enacted DACA, “the number jumped to 13,625,” and at least 50,000, most of whom have been from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, have entered illegally since October of last year. As Breitbart News has reported, federal and local officials are estimating at least 150,000-160,000 more will try next year.
But the Obama administration insisted that DACA, which has been extended for another two-year period, will not be rescinded, saying it did not send the wrong message to those in Central America.