Are there any reporters out there?
President Joe Biden was warned this week that border officials anticipate 117,000 children will arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border without a parent or guardian in 2021.
Can we pause for a moment and think about this: How the hell can 117,000 children get to the border by themselves? What happened to their parents? Do these children trek hundreds of miles all by themselves? This is more than the estimated 30,000 who marched in the Thirteenth Century Children’s Crusade–something that boggles modern minds.
Am I the only one who is astonished by this migration of solo kids? Am I the only one who wishes that reporters would tell us more about them? Are these children just a bunch of numbers?
The numbers are shattering. The 117,000 expected this year is more than three times the 30,000 that arrived last year. It’s even higher than the 68,000 that arrived in the 2014 surge of solo children and the 80,000 in the 2019 “humanitarian crisis.” An estimated 2,000 children are arriving each week in March.
What we do know is that the Obama administration estimated that in 2014 75 percent to 80 percent had traveled to the border with smugglers–the infamous coyotes. That parents are willing to pay huge sums to hand over their children to strangers–some of them criminals–is a terrifying measure of their desperation.
This much we do know from the National Immigration Forum:
The Congressional Research Service states that some of these smugglers sell migrant children to human traffickers and situations of forced labor and prostitution in order to recoup their costs. UACs who are apprehended by border officials are likely to be experiencing trauma and consequent mental health concerns as a result of these experiences. Deporting UACs presents an increased risk of returning them to contexts of trafficking, abuse and exploitation.
The group concludes that, “Most unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S. border are coming from the Northern Triangle region of Central America, which includes Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.”
The Biden administration cavalierly calls what’s happening on the border a “challenge,” not a crisis. Appalling.
There’s no other way to explain the expected surge than the Biden administration’s virtual invitation to send children and adults our way. Instead of solving the core problem, our attention is redirected at whether the children are stored in “cells” once they arrive. Or whether they are released to face God-knows what fate. Or whether they will be COVID-19 super spreaders.
Biden had nothing to say about the mounting catastrophe. He mumbled something about meeting the challenge, “God willing.” Once again, like-minded Democrats and progressives care so little about child welfare that they’ll tolerate if not encourage the crisis to grow. Just like they care so damn little about child welfare that they’re willing to keep the schools closed.
My loathing for them only grows.