The Migration Mess of Our Own Making

by Diane Dimond on June 30, 2014

U.S. Satellites See What's Happening on Earth

U.S. Satellites See What’s Happening on Earth

Global Positioning Satellite systems can pinpoint our location no matter where we are in the world and precisely tell us where to turn to get to our destination. U.S. satellites monitor just about anything on earth — from the path of a forest fire to the route of a convoy of trucks. We know for a fact that the National Security Agency has had eyes and ears on just about every phone call and e-mail sent or received, worldwide.

So can someone please explain to me how we apparently missed the substantial exodus of migrants from Central America headed for our southern border? By all reports this mass migration — which has now resulted in a major humanitarian crisis – began last October. Yet the public is only just hearing about it now, after it has reached catastrophic proportions.

Did our intelligence community fail to notice the considerable increase in vehicular and foot traffic? Or did they notice and were told to keep it quiet? Given the behavior out of Washington lately, I’m thinking it was the latter.

Migrant Children Sleep in US Detention Center

Migrant Children Sleep in US Detention Center

Reporters have been straining to get reliable statistics about how many emigrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have come to America since last fall. It’s been reported that at least 52,000 unaccompanied children have entered, along with another 40,000 adults and families. But, no one in Washington will put an official number on it.

Not the U.S. Customs commissioner, Gil Kerlikowske, not the White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnestf, not even the Homeland Security secretary, Jeh Johnson, answers when asked how many Central American immigrants have been allowed into the U.S. since October.

Homeland Chief Has "No News" About Migrants

Homeland Chief Has “No News” About Migrants

“I have no news for you,” Johnson recently told an Associated Press reporter who asked for a firm figure.  Johnson told AP to consult his public information office which failed to return, “Roughly a dozen requests for information,” according to the AP.

Can it be that all those top government officials don’t know the answer to the question or is it more likely that they have been told not to admit to the magnitude of the problem as the mid-term elections draw near?

Look, we are a benevolent people and it was absolutely the right thing to do to immediately allow in all those unaccompanied children. We didn’t have a fancy place to house and feed them. We didn’t have enough medical professionals to tend to them right away. But, I believe, we did – and are doing — our best.


Someone Gave Order to Allow In Thousands – Who?

Along the way, however, someone in authority decided to also allow in tens of thousands more unauthorized people. Now we have one heck of an expensive mess on our hands. It defies understanding why no one in authority ordered up a flight to immediately send those early refugees home as a message to others that the U.S. would not tolerate such unlawful entry.

Besides being a humanitarian crisis this could result in a national security crisis as we have no idea if opportunistic terrorists might have mingled in with the border-crossing crowds. It boggles my mind that our Department of Homeland Security (into which we have poured billions of dollars since 9-11) doesn’t know who or how many have crossed our border.

It’s beyond belief that someone decided to simply hand out a slip of paper to the incoming adults informing them they had 15 days to report to the nearest Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. And I guess you won’t be shocked to learn that no one in Washington can or will say how many of these immigrants actually showed up for their immigration hearings.

So How Will Migrants Find Nearest Court?

So How Will Migrants Find Nearest Court?

I’m betting many of those poor Spanish speaking folks could not read the paper directive. I’m positive none was given a GPS to show them where the nearest U.S. immigration office was located.

We allowed them to come into our country and — if they chose to travel inland — scatter to the wind. Those who stayed close to the U.S. border made us to scramble to open additional emergency detention centers in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona.

Whoever made the fateful decision to virtually open the border last fall has cost American taxpayers dearly and given the over-crowded, warehouse-like accommodations we have been able to afford the refugees they didn’t do them any favor either. Hardly the American Dream they were seeking.

Violence in Honduras - A Way of Life

Violence in Honduras – A Way of Life

The U.S. already sends $130 million a year in financial aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Now, the White House says we will spend at least another $255 million to return all those unaccompanied minors to their families and to help set up anti-violence and gang prevention programs in Central America. Oh, and the Administration has also announced they plan a costly advertising campaign in those countries to deliver the message that this type of entry into the U.S. will be strictly prohibited in the future.

I’m wondering if anyone has given thought to the idea of withholding U.S. financial aid to the region until they crack down on crime and give their citizens a safer place to live. Where is it written that the United States must solve their problems? We have our own displaced and homeless population, our own crime-infested neighborhoods that need attention.

Hard Floors & Porta Potties - Hardly the American Dream

Hard Floors & Porta Potties – Hardly the American Dream

It doesn’t matter that U.S. bureaucrats have now announced they will shut off this influx of exiles. The damage is done. The hundreds of millions of dollars this is costing us includes multiple millions to upgrade our immigration court system so we can process all these new arrivals.

Won’t anyone be held accountable?

Who gave the initial order to U.S. guards to ignore the law and open up the border? Why didn’t someone in authority step in and stop the flow when it was manageable? How far up the chain of command did the decision making go? Was it all the way to the White House?

As an American taxpayer upon who’s back this is being financed I want some answers. And I want them now – not after the November elections.


ADDENDUM: The Monday after this column ran President Obama asked Congress for an additional $2 Billion in emergency funds to handle the latest influx of migrants.



Diane Dimond June 30, 2014 at 10:54 am

ABQ Journal Reader Bob Curmudgeon writes (in part):

” >>”It is beyond belief that someone decided to simply hand out a slip of paper……” OMG: With all your years of journalistic spinning Diane, that is the best turn of a phrase you can come up with? LOL

“Won’t anyone be held accountable? …..And I want them (answers) now-not after the November elections.”

You are just too funny!

Answers/accountability for Fast & Furious; Lerner’s IRS; the Bergdahl Trade; Bengahzi; The VAs; Yada Yada (aka too many to remember) are ahead of Y’all!!!! LOL”

Diane Dimond June 30, 2014 at 10:55 am

ABQ Journal Reader Robert Noyes-Smith writes:

Dear Diane,

I think you should run for President, you have such a good head on your shoulders and you know how to express these complicated issues in sensible, comprehensible terms. You give me hope that that there is someone out there that can see things clearly.

Keep up the good work, Rob.”

Diane Dimond June 30, 2014 at 11:53 am

Facebook Friend Christopher Fallon writes:

“President thinks its a good idea.. he is wrong again.”

Diane Dimond June 30, 2014 at 11:54 am

Facebook Friend Sam Jackson writes:

“A deal had to be made that we don’t know about.There have been so many lies and cover ups under this President.”

Diane Dimond June 30, 2014 at 2:08 pm

ABQ JOurnal Reader Michelle writes:

“Diane, I read your article in the Saturday Journal. I agree with everything you said, but the thing that really got me is a news story about the building in Artesia being readied for the influx.

They showed brand new toys still in packaging waiting on each cot for each of the children, flat screen TV’s, etc…what does that show the illegals? Come to America and they give you new toys, and provided entertainment while they wait to figure out what to do with you! This use of taxpayer money was disgusting to me!”

Diane Dimond June 30, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Twitter Pal MaggioMatt writes:

“Multi-division-strength march of kids – and our spy satellites couldn’t see this?”

Diane Dimond July 1, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Twitter Pal SelfJim writes:

“@DiDimond The Federal Government let them in. Period.”

Diane Dimond July 1, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Yeah, SelfJim – but WHO in the federal government gave the ultimate order, “Let them in.”
Was it some low-level border guard or the head of Customs, the head at Homeland Security or the President of the United States? I think we deserve to know.

Diane Dimond July 1, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Twitter Pal tess46 writes:

“@DiDimond I think it would be cheaper to rent the planes, fly them back and build a fence….have money left over.”

Just Me July 28, 2014 at 10:54 am

I see more children with their parents than I do unaccompanied minors. I am betting the cartel took every cent off the unaccompanied minors and took them to the border.
I think everyone forgets your great grand mother/father etc came here on a boat. This country was meant for people like the immigrants. No one is “American” you’re Italian, German, Asian, African, German, Turkish, Arabic, Polish, etc.
Now I am not saying they doing it the right way, hell, at least give the parents and kids a chance. How? I don’t know, I didn’t open the border, but you let them in – send them back to what? They left for a reason.
The dangerous ones – see ya, go back.

This is America, it’s the land of the free.

The ones ready to send them back so fast – that could have been done to your ancestors that came over.

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