Sure, why deal with a border invasion when you have politics to play?
The Obama administration has been accused of repeatedly ignoring warning signs over the past two years that showed a growing number of unaccompanied children from Central America were crossing the Mexican border into the U.S.
Agencies like the Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as politicians north and south of the border were all ‘ringing alarm bells’ about the federal government’s capacity to manage the situation, according to a report presented to the Department of Homeland Security in March.
The 41-page report was compiled by a team from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
In August 2013, the researchers had discovered a makeshift transportation depot manned by Border Patrol agents at the Fort Brown station in Brownsville, Texas.
Thirty agents were assigned to perform such tasks as washing the children’s clothes, driving them to offsite showers, and making them sandwiches.
The White House was even directly involved in efforts to care for immigrant children in early 2012 when it helped negotiate a temporary shelter at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
Yet the Obama administration considered the problem a ‘local’ one.
Guess we should blame Governor Perry.
‘There were warning signs, operational folks raising red flags to high levels in terms of this being a potential issue,’ an anonymous former senior federal law enforcement official told The Washington Post.
Obama’s domestic policy adviser, Cecilia Muñoz, has denied that the administration was slow to react and said the current crisis is ‘off-the-charts different.’
‘It was not the same pattern,’ she said. ‘We assumed a significant increase, but this was not the same kind of trend line.’
The Border Patrol has since revised their original estimate of 60,000 children for the year to 90,000 illegally entering the country by the end of September.
Perry, for his part, at least is planning on mobilizing the Texas National Guard to deal with this pressing local issue.