As President Barack Obama considers unilaterally expanding his temporary amnesty program to the parents of illegal immigrants, federal officials have noticed an increase in pregnant unaccompanied youth under the age of 18 who are unlawfully crossing the U.S-Mexico border.
A leaked June 4, 2014, internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that Breitbart Texas obtained found that there has been an increase in the number of “minors coming into the U.S. who are pregnant.”
Children born in the United States are given U.S. citizenship, and Obama has indicated that he is considering giving temporary amnesty and work permits to the parents of U.S. citizens and parents of illegal immigrant children.
After Obama unilaterally enacted his temporary amnesty program for certain DREAMers in 2012, the number of illegal immigrant children flooding across the border has surged, especially from Central America.
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.” In fiscal year 2011, there were 6,560, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Yet, as the Monitor noted, the following year, when Obama enacted DACA, “the number jumped to 13,625,” and at least 50,000 have entered illegally since October of last year. Officials estimate at least 150,000-160,000 more will try next year.
Though White House officials have gone on a public relations campaign to tell Central Americans that they will not receive amnesty, many illegal immigrants have said they traveled to America believing the Obama administration would never deport them if they made it across the U.S.-Mexico border.