The New York Times does not think President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has in any way contributed to the surge in the number of illegal immigrants trying to enter the United States in recent years.
In fact, in a weekend editorial, the Times wrote that the majority of Americans and “Tea Party members believe, delusionally” that DACA “has some connection to the recent surge of child migrants, who would never qualify for it.”
The Times assumes that illegal immigrant juveniles who are not fluent or literate in even their own languages know the intricacies of the complex U.S. immigration law. As Breitbart News has reported, the illegal immigrant migrants obviously do not know the law–or what DACA even stands for–since they risk their lives making the trip to America after smugglers, coyotes, and local news reports have told them that they will qualify for amnesty when they make it across the border or turn themselves in to Border Patrol agents.
The data is also not on the Times‘ side.
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.”
After 6,560 illegal immigrants were detained in 2011, 13,625 were detained in the year after Obama enacted DACA. And after at least 550,000 received temporary amnesty, there have been a whopping 57,500 illegal immigrant juveniles who have been apprehended since October of last year. Federal officials expect 150,000 more will be detained in the next fiscal year, and law enforcement officials have conceded that somewhere between one in five and one in 10 are actually caught.
Even the president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, has said that a “lack of clarity” about America’s immigration laws is luring migrants from his country.
Saying conservatives in favor of border security like Sens. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Reps. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN) belong to the “‘hell no’ caucus” instead of the pro-American sovereignty or pro-American worker caucus, the Times declared that the time is now for Obama to act alone.