U.N. demands aside, Obama has already declared that the current wave of illegals are refugees and they have been given amnesty. For humanitarian reasons, he wants to spend $80,000 per illegal to make them comfortable while allowing the border to remain wide open.
Barack Obama is the president Jimmy Carter wanted to be. Obama’s desire to take in the world’s poor at the expense of an increasingly impoverished American people far exceeds Carter’s.
Obama has informally declared the illegal immigrants coming to the U.S. “refugees” as Carter once did.
The illegals are coming in direct response to Obama’s amnesty policies and because we have an open border but, like Carter, Obama is attempting to deceive the American people by saying the illegals are only fleeing persecution.
Jimmy Carter did much the same thing and was as deceptive more than thirty years ago.
Officials with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees wants Central Americans illegally immigrating to the U.S. declared refugees and given asylum. In this vein, they are meeting Thursday with migration and interior department representatives from the U.S., Mexico, and Central America in Nicaragua.
Obama is not obligated to follow their strong suggestions but it is a great political tool for him. Even if he doesn’t do it officially, he has unofficially called them refugees and has informally invoked the 1980 Refugee Act by declaring the current wave of illegal immigration a humanitarian crisis. The media is parroting his terminology, mostly because they are emphasizing the fact that 50,000 children are involved.
As an aside, one should keep in mind that 80% or more of the children are 16 and 17 years old. They are coming here speaking no English and will have no prospects for a job.
The U.N. claims the illegals are fleeing criminal gangs though gang members are in the throngs of so-called refugees. They are coming for amnesty through our open borders as opposed to fleeing what has been in existence in their countries for decades.
Mostly, they are not coming for the American Dream, they are coming to be taken care of and for the jobs we don’t have because that is how Barack Obama has sold it.
The truth would make them ineligible for refugee status and humanitarian aide so we are instead being sold a tale of innocents fleeing persecution.
Children who are traveling with the coyotes are being sent or being sent for by parents who can only be classified as child abusers who want to use them as anchors to come to the U.S. or stay in the U.S. because Obama has promised to keep families together. The DREAM Act and the way it is being implemented ensured amnesty for anyone under 35 years of age.
Obama has decided to not deport the “new arrivals” as Nancy Pelosi calls them in violation of our immigration laws and he has made it clear that he plans to let it go on for the foreseeable future.
The United States has been in this place before, only it was a hundred thousand so-called refugees under Carter, not the millions we are now seeing, millions which include gang members and jihadists among their numbers.
When Jimmy Carter became president in 1977, he hoped to re-establish relations with the brutal communist regime in Cuba and reignite trade between our countries.
In September 1978, Castro held a press conference expressing his supposed desire to open dialogue. Many in the Cuban community wanted to be reunited with family members and lauded the idea while others who were anti-Castro called them traitors.
The Committee of 75 formed. It was an organization of seventy-five permanent exile figures that traveled to Cuba and negotiated the release of 3,600 political prisoners from Cuba as well as the lifting of travel restrictions between Cuba and the United States.
Travel between exiles in this country to Cuba ensued. At the same time, Cuba’s economy, now under dictatorial communist rule, quickly slid into abject poverty for all except the most elite.
Cubans who wanted to immigrate to the United States at that point yearned for the economic opportunities it afforded, not for political asylum. The U.S. government, in accordance with the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, offered automatic asylum to all Cubans traveling to its shores as if they were all fleeing persecution.
It infuriated Castro.
Then an amendment to immigration law was signed by Carter on March 17, 1980.
The United States Refugee Act of 1980 (Public Law 96-212) was an amendment to the earlier Immigration and Nationality Act and the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, and was created to provide a permanent and systematic procedure for the admission to the United States of refugees of special humanitarian concern to the U.S., and to provide comprehensive and uniform provisions for the effective resettlement and absorption of those refugees who are admitted.
Castro, to everyone’s surprise, began allowing refugees to leave and even invited family members exiled in the U.S. to come to the Port of Mariel to retrieve them.
The refugees came mostly for economic reasons, not political, much as Central Americans are doing now. Carter claimed they were coming for political reasons so they would be eligible for refugee status. Economic gain is not a reason to declare someone a refugee.
Carter welcomed the refugees and their numbers grew to 3,000 a day.
On May 6, one day after his “open arms speech”, he was forced to declare a state of emergency in Florida, as a tent city was erected in the Orange Bowl Stadium in Miami to accommodate thousands of homeless Cubans.
Eight days later, Carter attempted to stem the tide, more than Obama is doing now or will do unless Congress decides to do something. He offered to screen exiles but that was rejected by Cuba. He threatened arrests, boat confiscation and heavy fines. The Cuban exiles and the media turned against Carter.
Carter gave the exiles – the so-called refugees – permission to stay for two years. He also provided them with extensive welfare, including medical services and an income. He reimbursed state and local governments 70%. That quieted some of the anger growing among the populace.
The Mariel exiles included a different group from the original freedom fighters.
As described by Silvia Pedraza, author of Political Disaffection in Cuba’s Revolution and Exodus:
“The most salient characteristics [of the Mariel exiles] was their youth (most were young men, single or without their families); unskilled or semiskilled workers dominated occupationally; Cuban blacks and mulattoes participated in larger numbers than ever before; there was a significant presence of gay Cubans [thousands]; many had spent time in prison, and a sizable number of artists and intellectuals came in their midst.”
Castro wanted to rid his society of those people he deemed “undesirables”.
Though Castro denied that he had intentionally sent criminals, mental patients, antirevolutionaries, and homosexuals to the United States, it was evident that the Cuban government had more readily granted emigration permission to those on the fringes of his society.
Earlier arrivals had been welcomed. They were seen either as having made an important political statement in leaving Cuba or as potential contributors to the American economy. This was not the case with the Mariel boatlift. These refugees were not seen as able to contribute to American political or economic power. Instead, they were viewed as drains on social services and police departments and as a threat to American workers. Public opinion turned against the Cubans.
There was a large Haitian exodus at the same time.
A total of 124, 789 Cubans arrived via the boat lift and when 80% were unemployed, homeless or forced into resettlement camps, they were extremely embittered.
Rightly or wrongly, the American public and the media focused on the criminal element in the numbers that arrived and Carter’s popularity plummeted.
Most of the Mariels were black or partly so and there were accusation of racism. It was more difficult for them to assimilate.
On September 9, 1994, the Cuban and American governments signed the Cuban Migration Agreement in which the U.S. government agreed to stop admitting exiles arriving on boats. They would take in, but no more than 20,000 annually. Cuba agreed to dissuade emigration.
Carter never had the political backing nor the money to fund the Mariels, but it didn’t stop him for a long time. It won’t ever stop Obama. He simply doesn’t care.