Deportation Data Won’t Dispel Rumors Drawing Migrant Minors to U.S.

Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times, July 5, 2014

President Obama and his aides have repeatedly sought to dispel the rumors driving thousands of children and teens from Central America to cross the U.S. border each month with the expectation they will be given a permiso and allowed to stay.

But under the Obama administration, those reports have proved increasingly true.

The number of immigrants under 18 who were deported or turned away at ports of entry fell from 8,143 in 2008, the last year of the George W. Bush administration, to 1,669 last year, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data released under a Freedom of Information Act request.

Similarly, about 600 minors were ordered deported each year from nonborder states a decade ago. Ninety-five were deported last year, records show, even as a flood of unaccompanied minors from Central America–five times more than two years earlier–began pouring across the Southwest border.

The previously unavailable deportation data are likely to fuel the political debate over whether Obama administration policies are partly responsible for the 52,000 children and teens who have surrendered to or been caught by Border Patrol agents since last October, spurring fresh concerns about U.S. border security and immigration law.


Obama administration officials deny that lenient policies–including a 2012 program that allowed immigrants who had entered the country illegally as minors before June 2007 to apply for deportation deferrals–have encouraged the sudden surge.

They instead blame a 2008 law signed by Bush that made it nearly impossible to repatriate unaccompanied minors to Central America without letting them appear before an immigration judge.

A mounting backlog in immigration courts since then has allowed most Central American minors to stay for years while their cases wend their way through the legal system. Once they are assigned to social workers, as the law requires, the overwhelming majority are sent to live with their parents or relatives in the United States, officials said.


Obama last week asked Congress to change the 2008 law to give the head of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, greater discretion to send children back to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras more quickly.

But Obama is likely to face stiff opposition from fellow Democrats, who have vowed to block narrow changes to immigration laws. Senate Democrats overwhelmingly backed a comprehensive immigration bill last summer only to see the measure die in the GOP-led House.


{snip} For most of the last decade, U.S. agents apprehended fewer than 4,000 ‎unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras each year, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures.

‎The total jumped to 10,146 in fiscal year 2012. It doubled to 20,805 last fiscal year. It nearly doubled again, to 39,133, between last October and June 15 this year.

The number of unaccompanied Mexican minors apprehended dropped for several years, but rose from 13,974 in 2012 to 17,240 last year. Most are bused back, although some are permitted to seek asylum.

The deportation data released to The Times do not distinguish between children who entered the U.S. with a parent and those who came alone and are less likely to be sent back. Children who arrived alone but turned 18 during deportation proceedings are counted as adults.

The figures also don’t include Mexican children who were turned back at the border by Border Patrol agents, as the law allows in their cases.


When Congress returns from the holiday weekend on Monday, the Obama administration will ask lawmakers to appropriate more than $2 billion to cover the mounting costs of the crisis, including more staff for border stations, more detention facilities and more social workers.


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  • MekongDelta69

    Once again… This is NoBama’s amnesty program.

    He used his pen and his phone to call Central America and told them to send up your thugs.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      He used his pen and his phone to call Central America and told them to send up their diseased thugs.

      Drug-resistant TB, scabies, measles, chicken pox, chagas disease, are weapons of bioterrorism being used against the American population. The immigrants are the useful idiot vector.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    The two direct drivers of the avalanche of “unaccompanied alien minors” are:

    1) DACA: Quoting from Senator Sessions’ invaluable “Timeline: How The Obama Administration Bypassed Congress To Dismantle Immigration Enforcement.”

    “June 15, 2012: Obama Bypasses Congress and Unilaterally Implements the DREAM Act”

    “President Obama unilaterally implemented provisions of the DREAM Act [which did not pass Congress], circumventing Congress under the guise of ‘prosecutorial discretion.’ Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) gives amnesty by executive fiat and also work authorizations to illegal aliens under the age of 30 who claim they arrived in the country before the age of 16. . . . Parents are not referred for immigration enforcement if the young person comes in for deferred action,’ thereby further expanding the scope of the non-enforcement directive.”

    Technically, recent illegal alien arrivals can’t take advantages of DACA. But for the average alien alien, it’s a distinction without a difference.

    2) The Wilberforce Law: Quoting this article on the 2008 “William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act”: The law “guarantees unaccompanied minors from those [Central American] countries access to a federal asylum officer and a chance to tell a U.S. judge that they were victims of a crime or face abuse or sexual trafficking if they are sent home. If the claim is deemed credible, judges may grant a waiver from immediate deportation.”
    Still quoting:

    “Word of mouth gets back, and now people are calling and saying, ‘This is what I said'” in court, said a senior U.S. law enforcement official, who was not authorized to speak on the record. “Whether it is true or not, the perception is that they are successfully entering the United States…. That is what is driving up the landings.”

    Bottom line: The 2012 DACA executive action & the 2008 Wilberforce law are new tools a Democratic administration has available to him to accelerate the too-slow-for-some displacement and dispossession of white America.

  • President Obama and his aides have repeatedly sought to dispel the rumors driving thousands of children and teens from Central America to cross the U.S. border each month with the expectation they will be given a permiso and allowed to stay.

    Look behind Obama’s back to find the crossed fingers.

  • So CAL Snowman

    These are the final days of the “American” empire and this is the endgame. What we are witnessing is the literal implosion of what used to be the United States of America. There is no saving what used to be America, it is gone, never to return. These “youths” are not being trucked all over the United States for the long run demographic replacement of the White race (they already have the numbers for that). In my opinion the “youths” are being trucked in to be used as the Fed Gov’s version of ISIS against the last remaining vestiges of traditional White America. Many of these “youths” are hard core gang members and criminals. Almost all of them have seen intense and graphic violence in their homelands. They are being told that the White man will give them everything and if they don’t get what they want the Fed Gov. will encourage them to take it by force.

    They are sending disease ridden people to every corner of the USSA, diseases which haven’t been seen in this country for sixty and seventy years! Most White people have no natural resistance to typhoid fever or cholera because we wiped that stuff out with antibiotics sixty years ago. All it takes is one dumb illegal with cholera relieving himself in a small town’s water supply and you have a massive health crisis on your hands. America has been so medicated and sterilized with inoculations and antibiotics that we are essentially an exotic house plant – only kept alive in the perfect conditions. Millions of unwashed, disease carrying third world people are going to essentially muck up our “clean room” and cause a cascading chain of health problems not seen in decades. Idiot liberals like to scream about Europeans coming through Ellis Island 100 years ago and getting a free pass, but what these idiot liberals fail to realize is that at Ellis island ALL immigrants were examined for contagious diseases. There is even a scene in Coppola’s “The Godfather” where the future Don (as a young man) is put into quarantine upon arrival at Ellis Island. It is remarkable and flat out insane how much the rule of law, standards, and common sense have degraded in just over 100 years time.

    • Obama lies, America dies. Your scenario is the correct one. What I can add is that so long as whitey has his guns, the young brown toughs won’t find the going to be that easy. Of course, a white man defending himself from them will be hunted down by the traitors in the militarized police forces and murdered while “resisting arrest.”

      • DonReynolds

        Even if only 1 percent of the US population resists this radical transformation of America, it would be an armed force of over 3 million patriots.
        The militarized police forces would not have to hunt very far, but I doubt they could murder them while resisting arrest.
        Under the best of terms, the police would be allowed to perform their other duties as long as they stay back out of the way.

        • IstvanIN

          The police would have no problem killing us. It is fun for them. Look at all the little dogs, men sitting on porches, men sleeping on sofas, old ladies getting pulled over for traffic violations, women with children, harmless homeless men, etc. who have been shot or tased or beaten to death by our out of control cops.

      • So CAL Snowman

        It’s hard to shoot a gun when you’re dying from typhus or crapping your guts out from cholera. Besides how many suburban liberals are gun toting future warriors? I can envision a scenario where much of the United States is enveloped by the brown hordes precisely because of their aversion to guns. I imagine large swaths of the South and Midwest will probably be able to keep the hordes at bay with their guns, but much of the West Coast, the Pacific Northwest, and the Northeast will be slaughtered while singing “Give Peace a Chance.”

      • Sick of it

        Which is why we should take up arms and organize with the full understanding that the government is enemy numero uno. They made themselves the enemy.

  • DonReynolds

    None of these are “immigrants”. The only immigrants are those persons in the immigration system, who are here lawfully. These are illegal aliens, no matter how desperately the liberal media want to blur the distinction between those in the country illegally and those here by lawful means. THESE ARE NOT IMMIGRANTS.

  • Martel

    Obama pushes through his agenda, and there is no one there too stop him. Another radical trained by sixties babyboomers, primed to put the last bullet through the skull of Uncle Sam. Billionaires gloat, bureaucrats applaud, those annoyingly independent European whites no longer control the borders or demand a government which doesn’t intrude on the lives of its servants. But.. human nature is not as malleable as they assumed it was in the sixties, and all their plans must necessarily fail. Segregation is preferred by humans of all races, and even small children discriminate regardless of what their parents thought them. History will prove them wrong, and expose them as megalomaniacs they truly are.

    • IstvanIN

      The odd thing about the treasonous wealthy to me is: where would they expect their children to live? What makes them think their wealth won’t be confiscated like it is in Zimbabwe and SA? Certainly they must see the rule of law and private property rights are largely a “white” thing.

  • coco bongo

    The gangster in the White House is deliberately trying to bring about white minority status as quickly as possible.

  • Bossman

    The migration problem is not going to go away until at some future date when there is complete North American integration.

    • IstvanIN

      Or we end the problem permanently.

      • Bossman

        Explain to me how you would do that.

    • Alexandra1973

      You know, that’s very likely the globalist plan. Problem, reaction, solution.

      Oh, and I, and I’m sure most others here, do NOT want a North American Union.

  • Puggg

    I bet when they say “deported” here, they don’t mean they literally were taken out of the country back to their own country. It probably just means they got a court order to leave the country, which most of them ignore.

  • mobilebay

    The trouble with deportations is that they don’t STAY deported! Our border, or where it should be, is a revolving door. Turning away invaders should not count as deportations, but they do. Voila! Obama is credited with more deportations than he actually has done. This is not news. We haven’t had a President who thought of us as a sovereign nation since Eisenhower. Do we have any patriots left in this country who would be a President we could be proud of? How about Kris Kobach?

  • John R

    Comes down to this: Nations, peoples, and races, have been changing boundaries throughout history. Maybe the Japanese should assimilate all these immigrants? After all, did they not “steal” their country from the Ainu? Maybe the Turks should give back Anatolia (Asia Minor) to the Greeks and the Armenians, and move back up into Turkmenistan where THEY came from? Maybe the Vietnamese should migrate back out of Southeast Asia and allow the Polynesia people back their homeland. These are just a few examples. So, enough of the White guilt. We White Americans ARE the INDIGENOUS PEOPLE.

  • LACountyRedneck

    Germany is beating the crap out of Diversity….I mean Brazil. 4-0 into only the 25th minute. Ooops. 5-0.

  • halojumper

    The illegals are coming because obummer is going tp give them freebies. The illegals are not wanting to pursue the American dream they want welfare, food stamps, free daycare all kinds of free stuff while the people breaking their asses to support themselves are paying for it. Dont laugh Canada when the locusts swarm is done here your next.