By Chris Wright, 2/27/23
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, a Cuban immigrant, said in 2021: “I came to this country as an infant, brought by parents who understood the hope and promise of America. Today, young children are arriving at our border with that same hope. We can do this.”
But Mayorkas’ dream has become a nightmare for many unaccompanied alien children in the U.S. today. When he was making his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, Mayorkas also talked about ending the Trump administration’s policy of returning unaccompanied children to their home countries, one of more than three dozen policy changes the Biden administration has made to open the border. Now, the U.S. government has lost track of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors, leaving them in the clutches of sex traffickers and exploitative employers. These children work at jobs producing brand-name products you probably consume on a regular basis, products sold by Walmart, Target, J. Crew, Ben & Jerry’s, Fruit of the Loom, Ford, General Motors, the list goes on. They help make your Cheerios and your Cheetos. In the process, some have lost limbs in factories, had their spines crushed on construction sites, and a dozen have died on the job since 2017. The lucky ones just have to work a long shift after their school day, with no end in sight.
Mayorkas’ dream is also a nightmare for towns along the southern border. The House Judiciary Committee took testimony at the border on millions of dollars of unpaid hospital bills and the other ravaging effects of illegal immigration on nearby communities. The federal government leaves the hospital bills unpaid. Meanwhile, healthcare for U.S. citizens is delayed or only available in big cities far away. Separately, it was reported a Yuma official said the strain illegal immigration has put on city services has brought the city to the brink of collapse.
Mayorkas’ dream brought death to 70,000 Americans who died of fentanyl overdoses in 2021. The cartels like dealing in fentanyl because it’s easy to produce and doesn’t depend on the weather, like opium. Cartel influence inside the U.S. is growing, with the Sinaloa cartel hiring so many drug smugglers and human traffickers it is now the largest employer in Cochise County, Arizona. Arizona troopers recently seized enough fentanyl in one pick-up truck to kill almost 800,000 people. This problem is not staying at the border. Butler County PA near Pittsburgh formally ended its sanctuary status because of the role illegal immigration is playing in the fentanyl crisis.
Mayorkas’ dream is also killing migrants in unprecedented numbers. The border patrol recorded 880 illegal migrant deaths in the last fiscal year alone, the highest number ever. People trying to cross the border and not making it. And these are only the ones we know about. Who knows how many corpses are still out in the desert somewhere, their bones picked clean by scavengers. On top of their tragedies, we can pile the lives shattered by illegal alien criminals who would have been deported under any sane administration. Mayorkas’ DHS freed more than 1,100 of them in December alone. Who knows how many more future murderers and drunk drivers are among them?
Added costs in the billions, higher taxes, overloaded emergency rooms, increased crime, overcrowded classrooms, destruction of property – Mayorkas dreams and people suffer, in every state and congressional district in the land. Just remember that when you’re eating your Cheetos.
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