Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Julianne Hing writes for Colorlines:
On Monday President Obama asked Congress for an emergency $2 billion to address the flows of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minor children arriving at the U.S-Mexico border. Arrivals of children, already estimated at 52,000 this year, are expected to reach a record 90,000. Obama asked for money to fund the addition of immigration judges, detention facilities and enforcement efforts to stem the tides of new arrivals. He also asked that Congress expand Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s powers to allow him to expedite the deportations of youth, many of whom are being held in converted Army bases across the country, the New York Times reported.
With the failed prospects of immigration reform, the flows of primarily Central American unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border has become the immigration flashpoint of the moment. But Obama, as he does with most matters immigration-related, has responded with an enforcement-first approach. In so doing, the administration and Republican lawmakers both have perpetuated several key falsehoods about the crisis. Here now, some myth-busting on the top three myths both political parties are guilty of perpetuating:
Myth: The current refugee crisis is a creation of President Obama’s making.
Myth: Telling parents in Central America to stop sending their children, and quickly deporting the ones who are here, will fix the problem.
Myth: This is an immigration problem.