The Obama administration was apparently told years ago that the current southern border crisis would occur if steps were not taken to curtail the mass illegal immigration on the southern border, according to a new report.
According to the Washington Post, the Obama administration was in fact warned of the southern border crisis over the past two years.
A couple of years ago, experts went to the border and discovered a “makeshift transportation depot for a deluge of foreign children.” But when the Obama administration was notified of the report, they did little to nothing to solve the problem, leading to the current crisis on the border.
Thirty Border Patrol agents were assigned in August 2013 to drive the children to off-site showers, wash their clothes and make them sandwiches. As soon as those children were placed in temporary shelters, more arrived. An average of 66 were apprehended each day on the border and more than 24,000 cycled through Texas patrol stations in 2013. In a 41-page report to the Department of Homeland Security, the team from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) raised alarms about the federal government’s capacity to manage a situation that was expected to grow worse.
The researchers’ observations were among the warning signs conveyed to the Obama administration over the past two years as a surge of Central American minors has crossed into south Texas illegally. More than 57,000 have entered the United States this year, swamping federal resources and catching the government unprepared.
One anonymous former senior federal law enforcement official said the agencies in charge, such as the Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, were “ringing alarm bells” within the Obama administration, but nothing was ever done.
Instead, the senior official said that the administration was focused heavily on Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012. Also back in 2012, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas sent Obama a letter, warning him that there had been a “90 percent increase over the previous year in the number unaccompanied minors arriving from Central America.”
Meanwhile, Obama was set to star on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel,’ but the White House apparently cancelled the appearance today. But, the president is still fundraising, as usual.
Today, Obama is flying to the West Coast for fundraisers in Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco. And while Republicans are outraged that the president is fundraising during such a time, the White House insists that “This is not a uniquely chaotic time.”
Border patrol agents on the southern border and civilians in Israel would probably beg to differ.