Justin describes the situation on the southern border and how those children have become “political chips”.
Let’s add deportation figures, supplied by the Los Angeles Times.
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.
This portrait of alarming (and deliberate?) inaction become even more acute when considered in the context of rapidly rising arrivals.
According to the Border Patrol, unaccompanied children apprehensions increased from 16,067 in fiscal year (FY) 2011 to 24,481 in FY 2012 and 38,833 in FY 2013.
fix our immigration system once and for all
a fix that the President clearly envisions as some variation of amnesty.
But an enormous question is posed by this “fix”. How would it do anything other than exacerbate the problem of illegal immigrants – of all ages – coming here uninvited? Accordingly, how could it possibly be called a fix?
Of the following two issues related to Rhode Island’s public schools, which one is a greater concern?
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