The president in 2012 granted amnesty to some young people living here in the country unlawfully. This sent a message around the world that if you are young and arrive here in America, you will not be departed and will eventually be granted amnesty.
In FY 2011 there were 6,000 unaccompanied children entering the United States; in FY 2012, the number rose to 14,000; in FY 2013, it rose again to 34,000. Government officials estimate that the number will escalate to 90,000 in FY 2014.
This crisis at the border is of the president’s own making.
He claims he is “interested in solving a problem.” He could solve the problem by sending the National Guard to the border. He could solve the problem by implementing the Secure Fence Act of 2006 and build a fence along the Mexico-United States border. He could solve the problem by not signally to the world that we do not have a secure border and that amnesty is on the table.