'Children' being 'fed, clothed, cared for, taught' until 20s on taxpayers' dime.
3:36 PM, Jul 16, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
CNN reported last night that while Maryland governor Martin O'Malley doesn't want unaccompanied minors to be deported, he doesn't want them in certain parts of Maryland either.
After his strong criticism of the Obama administration's plans to return thousands of young undocumented migrants back to Central America, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley asked a top White House official that the children not be sent to a site that was under consideration in his home state, sources familiar with the conversation said.
"He privately said 'please don't send these kids to Western Maryland,'" a Democratic source told CNN. The heated discussion between O'Malley and White House domestic policy adviser Cecilia Munoz occurred during a phone call late Friday evening, sources familiar with the conversation added.
Perhaps O'Malley doesn't want his state to foot the bill for the minors until they're in their 20s. The Associated Press buried the lede in this glowing piece about the safe "haven" our schools provide. One has to read to the 15th paragraph to reach this nugget:
Coughlin's school allows students learning English to stay into their 20s. In the past two years, it has seen increased numbers of students who crossed the border alone. He says many work long hours at night in restaurants or cleaning to pay for immigration attorneys or, in at least one case, to pay back a relative who spent thousands of dollars to have them smuggled into the country.
The language barrier proved to be a big obstacle for Ronald Pojoy, who came alone from Guatemala in 2007 when he was 15 to join his mother....
Now 21, Pojoy received his diploma last month from Liberty High School in southwest Houston. The school serves a large number of immigrants and offers information about legal and other community services.
The cost to educate these minors is beyond what school districts can afford. In the eighth paragraph, we learn of the bill being passed on to taxpayers:
In Miami, the school board voted to seek federal aid after Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said 300 foreign-born students, many from Honduras and traveling alone, enrolled toward the end of the school year. He said the district has both a "moral and legal requirement" to educate the students, some illiterate in both English and Spanish. The cost is about $1,950 more per student than it gets from the state, he said.
"They need to be fed. They need to be clothed. They need to be cared for and then taught," Carvalho said.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder issued new guidance in May reminding districts that a 1982 Supreme Court ruling gives all children the right to enroll in school, regardless of immigration status.
Speaking of children and minors, the AP also admits that age is really all just a matter of guesswork.
One of Coughlin's students, Milsa Martinez, 20, says she was 18 when her parents sent for her in El Salvador, after her grandmother died, 14 years after her parents had moved to the U.S....
Martinez was treated as a minor when detained because, she said, she looked young.
Politico reminded us last week that three quarters of "children" arriving are actually teenagers, not babies and toddlers.
...Children in custody are younger than ever before, with 24 percent under the age of 14 in 2013, up from 17 percent in 2012, according to ORR. The average age of Central American youth is 14, with a recent upswing in the number of young girls, who now make up 27 percent of the total. The government estimates that new arrivals will reach 60,000 in 2014 and balloon to 130,000 in 2015.
8:01 AM, Jul 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The boss, joined Cokie Roberts, Ana Navarro, and David Plouffe, joined George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week to discuss the border crisis, attacks on Israel, and more. Watch the video below:
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:30 PM, Jul 11, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the unaccompanied minor immigration crisis, the situation in Israel, and other topics.
What Obama wrought.Jul 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42 • By SCOTT W. JOHNSON
Watching the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing our southwestern border daily, a reasonable man could conclude that we are living out the fevered dreams of a dystopian novel. The United States has lost a basic aspect of sovereignty. Control over its borders is a relic of the past.
4:48 PM, Jul 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama will speak on the "urgent humanitarian situation at the Southwest border," the White House announced. He'll make the remarks from Dallas, Texas.
The White House sent out a revised schedule announcing the remarks:
12:34 PM, Jul 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic congressman Henry Cuellar ripped President Obama for being "aloof" and "detached" by not visiting the Texas border to see first hand the immigration crisis. Cuellar made the comments on MSNBC:
Hosted by Michael Graham.10:34 AM, Jul 8, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the chaos at the border and in the Middle East and President Obama's do-nothing role.
6:25 PM, Jul 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Border protection chief Gil Kerlikowske, whose official title is commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, says the influx of illegal immigrants on the Southern boarder need not be feared. "These are family members. These are not gang members. These are not dangerous individuals," said Kerlikowske.
He made the comments on ABC:
11:28 AM, Jul 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson struggled this morning on NBC to say whether the Obama administration will deport most of the recent influx of illegal immigrants:
11:10 AM, Jul 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson explained that the immigration crisis is about the children. "We have to do right by the children," he said this morning on NBC:
Hosted by Michael Graham.1:05 PM, Jul 2, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on Obama's immigration speech, and the Hobby Lobby ruling.