According to a report created by the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and presented to the Department of Homeland Security back in March (embedded below), border agencies were ‘ringing alarm bells’ during the past two years about a growing child immigration crisis, however the Obama administration considered the problem a ‘local’ one and didn’t want it to overshadow the President’s plans for immigration reform
The Daily Mail who picked up the story from the Washington Post, demonstrated the administration was making accommodations for the growing number of children crossing the border alone for two years, all the while it denying there was a problem:
Thirty agents were assigned to perform such tasks as washing the children’s clothes, driving them to offsite showers, and making them sandwiches.
The White House was even directly involved in efforts to care for immigrant children in early 2012 when it helped negotiate a temporary shelter at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
Yet the Obama administration considered the problem a ‘local’ one.
Domestic policy adviser, Cecilia Muñoz denies the administration was slow to react and said the current crisis is much different.
‘It was not the same pattern,’ she said. ‘We assumed a significant increase, but this was not the same kind of trend line.’
The Border Patrol has since revised their original estimate of 60,000 children for the year to 90,000 illegally entering the country by the end of September.
But others disagree:
Critics now argue that the administration chose to ignore reports about the growing number of immigrant children and instead focused on trying to push his reform bill through Congress.
‘Was the White House told there were huge flows of Central Americans coming? Of course they were told. A lot of times,’ one former government official told the Post.
‘Was there a general lack of interest and a focus on the legislation? Yes, that’s where the focus was.’
Even today the Obama administration isn’t dealing with the crisis. Read the full report below: