As we approach the end of the second full month of the border crisis, we're learning more about the impacts it's having on local communities across the country.
A concerning story came out of Lynn, Massachusetts this week where the mayor's office said that adult-aged, illegal aliens were posing as minors and trying to enroll in public schools. Jamie Cerulli, the mayor's chief of staff, said they've had illegal aliens with grey hair claiming that they're 17 years-old, and there's no documentation to prove otherwise.
"If my children went to the public schools, I'd be very uncomfortable with all of these unaccompanied minors [that] are placed in the ninth grade," she told National Review Online.
The school district's superintendent said they've seen hundreds of new students from Central American countries enrolling over the last several years. The situation speaks volumes about the impact the crisis has on local communities and their budgets. Not only does the government know very little about who these individuals actually are, but they're also accessing public services, sticking taxpayers with the bill.
According to our map tracking the government's efforts to move illegal aliens from the border to the interior of the country, at least four locations in the Bay State are housing newly-arrived illegal aliens.
There is also a tragic story coming out of a New Orleans suburb this week after an illegal alien was charged with second-degree murder. The suspect had earlier been caught by Border Patrol last month, given a Notice to Appear, and then released into the general public as part of the Administration's catch-and-release policy.
ABC News is also reporting on what the feds are calling a medical "breakdown" in the handling of illegal aliens who come to the country with an infectious disease. They report on a number of cases of Unaccompanied Alien Children infected with chicken pox, influenza, rare cases of the swine flu, and more. The children are flown from the border to military bases and hospitals, resulting in at least one breakout of pneumonia and influenza on a base in Southern California. Even worse, children are initially screened after being turned over by the Border Patrol to Health and Human Services, but if they're not showing any symptoms of an infectious disease, even though they may be infected, they're still placed on commercial flights and relocated to the interior of the country.
All three stories are examples of how the Obama Administration's policies and inaction since the start of the crisis have a detrimental impact on U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. It also begs the question, why do the feds insist on relocating illegal aliens from the border to communities across the country, endangering the health and safety of Americans?
'Profiting' from Legal and Illegal Immigration
As thousands of illegal aliens pour across the Southern border, Kevin Dinnin doesn't seem to mind. That's because, as president of the Baptist Child and Family Services (BCFS) organization, he's taking home a $400,000+ salary, while helping the feds transport and house illegal border crossers. The BCFS received more than $190 million in federal grants in recent years to help care for Unaccompanied Alien Children, and $33 million went to pay the salaries for the organization's employees.
BCFS backed out of a deal to purchase (with taxpayer funding) a $50 million luxury resort on the border to house illegal aliens after the deal was publicized. The resort is loaded with amenities, including an olympic-size pool, tennis courts, free wi-fi and cable, and a modern weight room.
As information begins to surface about tens of millions of dollars being paid by the government to various religious denominations and to help keep illegal aliens in this country, questions arise about how that might have affected the efforts by some religious bodies to increase the flow of immigration.
With all the attention on the border, most Americans have missed the news this week that Microsoft will cut 18,000 jobs over the next year. Look for Microsoft and FWD.us co-founder, Bill Gates, to intensify his pressure on Congress for more foreign-workers after laying off thousands of American workers.
Updated: Tue, Aug 5th 2014 @ 10:05am EDT