Immigration Reform Is Dead, Precisely When We Need It Most

With Eric Cantor’s loss earlier this week, most believe immigration reform is dead. Yet with tens of thousands of Mexican and Central American children flooding across the U.S. southern border, a legislative overhaul is even more important. In this piece for Foreign Policy, I look at why these kids are coming and what we need to do about it. You can read the beginning of the piece below:

Among the faithful, there has been at least faint hope that after the primary season ends and before midterms begin immigration reform might occur. President Barack Obama evenheld off on reviewing deportation policies in May to give space for a legislative fix. But now, with Eric Cantor’s loss in his House primary to Tea Party outsider David Brat, that slim chance is pretty much nil.

The tragedy is that this setback is occurring precisely at a time when the human cost of our broken immigration system has again made the headlines, this time in the faces of thousands of undocumented children flooding across the southern border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended over 47,000 unaccompanied youths at the border over the last eight months—mostly from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras—overwhelming U.S. border facilities and detention centers. With the UNHCR reporting that the numbers will reach 60,000 this year, this has the makings of a full-blown humanitarian crisis.

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One Response to "Immigration Reform Is Dead, Precisely When We Need It Most"

  1. pschaeffer1   June 17, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    This current influx is a direct consequence of Obama's Amnesty push. Actually passing Amnesty will only make the problem worse. Since Obama took office the word on the street is that once you get over the border, you are home free. Of course, that is essentially true. Obama has ended what little internal immigration enforcement occurred under Bush. The only people being deported from the interior of the U.S. are criminals and only some of them.

    The United States is only one of several countries that have tried to "solve" illegal immigration with Amnesty. In every case, the Amnesty simply attracted more illegals. They know the game. Each Amnesty only leads to the next Amnesty.

    The only solution that will work is to enforce the law. Let me quote from Barbara Jordan who worked extensively on immigration issues in the 1990s.

    "Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave."