Paul Gordon Collier- The Washington Times has just released a report that indicates the Obama Administration may have known about the potential threat for a ‘border surge’ as far back as two years ago.
The report comes from the University of Texas at El Paso, which looked over documents from border agents over the past two years that included numerous warnings of the potential for a surge of illegal immigrant children from Central American countries.
A comprehensive report warning of the border surge was sent to the Department of Homeland Security back in March of this year. The 41-page report from the University of Texas at El Paso claims that warning was ignored.
From The Washington Times:
“There were warning signs, operation folks raising red flags to high levels in terms of this being a potential issue,” said one former federal law enforcement official….
The agents were attempting to warn the administration that unless policy changes were made, the current state of US Immigration law, as well as the executive orders made by the President, were causing families in Central American countries to send their children to the US in what they feared would be increasing numbers.
In August of 2013, evidence of this potential surge began to occur. An increase in the number of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children made it necessary for Border Agents in Brownsville, Texas to set up a temporary shelter for the children. According to the report, in early 2012 the White House was already negotiating with Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio over space for expected rises in unaccompanied illegal immigrant children
The Administration has responded to this report that the current surge is not part of the types of entries by ‘undocumented children’ that has has been going on for the past two years, and thus this report does not indicate that the Administration failed to recognize the current problem far enough in advance to have done something to stop it before it began.
Critics of the Administration assert that the warning were exactly portending the type of surge the United States is seeing right now. So far, over the past 4 months, an estimated 60,000 ‘undocumented children’, or illegal immigrant children, have entered the US.