By: The Voice of Reason |
Do you remember the story last summer that the U.S. was bringing in 100,000 Muslims every year through legal channels such as the United Nations refugee program and various visa programs, but reports surfaced indicating Obama had also set up a pipeline using DHS busses along the southern border to help the illegals get into the country. Under Obama, the federal agency whose job it is to protect the homeland is the very agency that was putting us at the most risk…
Well, it’s that time of year again…
A Post which advertised opportunities for independent contractor drivers to transport unaccompanied illegal alien children was published on January 29, of 2014 and specifically listed a total number of transports at 65,000.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly transporting illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to Phoenix and releasing them without proper processing or issuing court appearance documents, Border Patrol sources tell Judicial Watch. The government classifies them as Other Than Mexican (OTM) and this week around 35 were transferred 116 miles north from Tucson to a Phoenix bus station where they went their separate way. Judicial Watch was present when one of the white vans carrying a group of OTMs arrived at the Phoenix Greyhound station on Buckeye Road.
The OTMs are from Honduras, Colombia, El Salvador and Guatemala and Border Patrol officials say this week’s batch was in custody for a couple of days and ordered to call family members in the U.S. so they could purchase a bus ticket for their upcoming trip from Phoenix. Authorities didn’t bother checking the identity of the U.S. relatives or if they’re in the country legally, according to a Border Patrol official directly involved in the matter. American taxpayers pick up the fare for those who claim to have a “credible fear,” Border Patrol sources told JW. None of the OTMs were issued official court appearance documents, but were told to “promise” they’d show up for a hearing when notified, said federal agents with firsthand knowledge of the operation.
A security company contracted by the U.S. government is driving the OTMs from the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector where they were in custody to Phoenix, sources said. The firm is called G4S and claims to be the world’s leading security solutions group with operations in more than 100 countries and 610,000 employees. G4S has more than 50,000 employees in the U.S. and its domestic headquarters is in Jupiter, Florida. Judicial Watch is filing a number of public records requests to get more information involving the arrangement between G4S and the government, specifically the transport of illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to other parts of the country. The photo accompanying this story shows the uniformed G4S guard that transported the OTMs this week from Tucson to Phoenix.
Outraged Border Patrol agents and supervisors on the front lines say illegal immigrants are being released in droves because there’s no room to keep them in detention. “They’re telling us to put them on a bus and let them go,” said one law enforcement official in Arizona. “Just move those bodies across the country.” Officially, DHS denies this is occurring and in fact earlier this year U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske blasted Border Patrol union officials for denouncing this dangerous catch-and-release policy. Kerlikowske’s scolding came in response to the congressional testimony of Bandon Judd, chief of the National Border Patrol Council, the labor union that represents line agents. Judd told lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee that illegal immigrants without serious criminal convictions can be released immediately and disappear into the shadows. Kerlikowske shot back, telling a separate congressional committee: “I would not stand by if the Border Patrol was — releasing people without going through all of the formalities.”
Yet, that’s exactly what’s occurring. This report, part of an ongoing Judicial Watch investigation into the security risks along the southern border, features only a snippet of a much broader crisis in which illegal aliens are being released and vanishing into unsuspecting American communities. The Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest addressed this issue just a few weeks ago in a hearing called Declining Deportations and Increasing Criminal Alien Releases – The Lawless Immigration Policies of the Obama Administration. Judd, the Border Patrol Union chief, delivered alarming figures at the hearing. He estimated that about 80% of apprehended illegal immigrants are released into the United States. This includes unaccompanied minors who are escorted to their final destination, family units and those who claim to have a credible fear of persecution in their native country. Single males that aren’t actually seen crossing into the U.S. by Border Patrol agents are released if they claim to have been in the country since 2014, Judd added.
Refugees from Central America are pouring into the United States, a trend from 2014 that seems to be resurfacing along the U.S.-Mexican border this year. Many of them are children, sent on the long journey alone.
The Border Patrol, immigration courts, and refugee workers were overwhelmed the last time it occurred, in 2014. Border officials have asked for more resources, this time, out.
In Yuma County, Arizona’s southwestern most corner, work to strengthen the fence and add patrols led to a significant decline in illegal crossings last year, 90 percent by some accounts.
It is picking up again, Yuma County law enforcement officials said.
“They’re not what you would consider a typical border crosser,” Yuma Sheriff’s Capt. Eben Bratcher said. “Many of these people are from other nations, other than Mexico. Central America, Chinese, Romanians are a big one right now, and so that’s kind of a change in what we’ve come to expect here.”
In 2014, Central Americans flooded the U.S., mostly at the Texas border. By April that year, 28,000 lone children were among them. That number dropped by half last year. This year, the surge is already back to 2014 levels with more than 27,000 children, officials reported.
The Yuma Sector of the Border Patrol has seen its own spike. In 2014, 178 kids arrived here. By March this year, the number was 1,500.
Customs and Border Protection officials declined interview requests. In February, agency Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske asked the House Appropriations Committee for enough funding to manage an expected 75,000 children at the border, about the same number as in 2014.
“Along the Southwest border, we monitor and respond to the flow of unaccompanied children and families,” Kerlikowske said at the hearing. “The numbers in fiscal year ’15 declined from their spike in ’14, but we did see an increase in the numbers this past fall and we remain concerned about seasonal increases this year and fiscal year 2017.”
He asked Congress for $12 million for the surge and a contingency fund of up to $23 million.
In Yuma and elsewhere, the expected surge is playing out at shelters and churches taking in Central Americans.
At one Yuma church, a woman who gave her name only as Marisol said she fled Honduras in April after two uncles were killed. She followed a route she was told about that brought her to Yuma.
Marisol said she tied her 4-year-old son to her back in a makeshift sling to climb over a 12-foot high-security screen, dropping into the U.S. where she surrendered.
About 25 women with children arrive weekly, said Melanie Nelson with Yuma County Interfaith.
“If they’ve gotten here, they’ve made it,” Nelson said. “This is the easiest part of the trip where there are bus drivers that are [able] to protect them much more so than at any other time on their trip.”
Another woman, Beatriz Escalante, said she hitch-hiked from Guatemala and surrendered after scaling the wall.
“For my child, because there’s no work [in Guatemala] and here they can help me,” she said in Spanish, holding her son in her arms.
Her journey wasn’t over. She had a Greyhound bus ticket and an immigration court date ahead of her in Chicago.
THE VOICE OF REASON is the pen name of Michael DePinto, a graduate of Capital University Law School, and an attorney in Florida. Having worked in the World Trade Center, along with other family and friends, Michael was baptized by fire into the world of politics on September 11, 2001. Michael’s political journey began with tuning in religiously to whatever the talking heads on television had to say, then Michael became a “Tea-Bagging” activist as his liberal friends on the Left would say, volunteering within the Jacksonville local Tea Party, and most recently Michael was sworn in as an attorney. Today, Michael is a major contributor to www.BeforeItsNews.com, he owns and operates www.thelastgreatstand.com, where Michael provides what is often very ‘colorful’ political commentary, ripe with sarcasm, no doubt the result of Michael’s frustration as he feels we are witnessing the end of the American Empire. The topics Michael most often weighs in on are: Martial Law, FEMA Camps, Jade Helm, Economic Issues, Government Corruption, and Government Conspiracy.