Among the many reasons Americans voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, one may have been more important than all others. Sure, people liked Trump’s tough stance on terrorism and his economic agenda, but nothing inspired voters more than his vow to stop illegal immigration.Ending the constant flow over our southern border was a cornerstone of the Trump campaign. For their part, voters responded enthusiastically. “Build the wall” became a common chant at Trump rallies around the nation. Eventually, his position on illegal immigrants helped win him the White House.
Of course, people had good reason for concern. Far from stopping the flow of illegal immigrants, the Obama administration seemed to encourage it. To them, it was more important to be virtuous than to protect the American people.
However, not everyone coming across the border was a poor soul looking for a job in the land of opportunity. In fact, a new bombshell report reveals that the Obama administration let in some extremely dangerous criminals.
From the Washington Times:The Obama administration knowingly let in at least 16 admitted MS-13 gang members who arrived at the U.S. as illegal immigrant teenagers in 2014, a top senator said Wednesday, citing internal documents that showed the teens were shipped to juvenile homes throughout the country.
Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said a whistleblower turned over Customs and Border Protection documents from 2014 detailing the 16 persons who were caught crossing the border.
“CBP apprehended them, knew they were MS-13 gang members, and they processed and disbursed them into our communities,” Mr. Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said.The administration justified their actions by claiming these were just kids. Although technically true, these proven criminals were older teenagers:
Officials at the time said the children should be treated as refugees fleeing horrific conditions back home — though security analysts said the children were prime recruiting territory for gangs already in the U.S.Mr. Johnson said the image of UAC as little children is misleading. Out of nearly 200,000 UAC apprehended between from 2012 to 2016, 68 percent were ages 15, 16 or 17 — meaning older teens. The majority were also male, making them targets for gang recruiting.
What’s worse, nobody is reporting on the whereabouts of the immigrants. It’s possible authorities have no clue how to locate them. For all we know, they could have already been recruited into gangs in our neighborhoods, continuing the violence they carried out back home.
The revelation is sure to add a new layer to the already raging debate over legal immigration. There is room for compassion in the U.S. immigration process, but not when it borders on suicidal. The Obama administration put Americans at risk to further a political agenda. That’s unacceptable.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]