Crime and corruption have been a staple of Central American life for decades. During most of the last decade, an average of 4,000 unaccompanied minors have entered the U.S. illegally across our southern border. But after Obama announced in 2012 that immigrants who entered the country illegally as minors before June 2007 could apply for deportation deferrals, the number surged to more than 10,000. In 2013, the number was 24,000. This year, the number, already at 57,000, is projected to reach 90,000. The number of adults is tens of thousands more.
Also, count the number of times Obama has said we need comprehensive immigration reform, which most illegals, as well as conservatives, understand is a form of amnesty, granting immediate legal status.
Obama and Democrats continue to claim that the border is secure. Yet with so many children crossing unimpeded, that statement is risible. Without a secure border, there is no hope for Obama's version of a comprehensive bill. He knows it.
Obama criticized Bush for not visiting Hurricane Katrina-ravaged New Orleans immediately after the storm hit, but now says he won't visit the border to see first hand the scope of the unfolding humanitarian nightmare. He said he doesn't want a photo op, but real solutions. Yet he rejects every idea put forward to stem the tragic tide. It seems politics is all he cares about.