Illegal Aliens Pose As Families, Tell Ridiculous Lies Of Woe Using Kids As “Human Deportation Shields”
Illegal immigrants are trying a bold new strategy to sneak into the U.S. — pairing up with unrelated children and pretending to be families, fabricating tales of heart-rending woes back home to try to convince border agents to admit them into the country, according to internal Homeland Security documents reviewed by The Washington Times.
That is one of the tactics feeding the surge of illegal immigrants in recent months, which the Border Patrol’s intelligence unit says was part of a pre-election rush to try to get into the country. The U.S. set records for illegal immigrant children and families in fiscal year 2016 and is on pace to break those records one month into fiscal year 2017.
Intelligence analysts said the patterns are shifting as migrants figure out how to game the system.
It has become so easy to sneak into the U.S. as a family that some aren’t even bothering to pay smugglers. Instead, they are making the trip on their own and saving thousands of dollars in fees. That has made the trip affordable for illegal immigrants who wouldn’t have made the journey otherwise, the analysts said in the documents.
“Some family units have shifted from using [smugglers] to movement facilitated by family-supported coaching and assistance because it is widely believed that the U.S. will allow them to enter if they travel with a child and claim that they have a fear of returning back to their home country,” the analysts said.
In some cases, smugglers pair unrelated children with adults and coach the youngsters to lie so they can bamboozle agents into admitting them as families. In other instances, families will split up and each parent will take a child, making it more likely that they will all be quickly released.
“The children are now deportation shields,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies.
She said the pattern of illegal migration from Latin America until recent years involved adult men coming to the U.S. and later sending for their families.
The documents say the administration’s handling of the 2014 unaccompanied minors crisis invited the surge this year.
Illegal immigrants saw the treatment the children were given and decided to make the journey as families, the analysts said, because they “believe they have a good chance of being released after processing.”
The federal government considers that processing a criminal procedure, while the illegal immigrants see it as “receiving assistance” in their attempt to gain a foothold in the country, the analysts said.
That contradicts the public case made by administration officials, who say the surge is a result of deteriorating conditions in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, which most of the children and families are fleeing.
The intelligence analysts said conditions in those countries are poor but it is a “steady state” of affairs. Instead, the surge “is largely driven by migrant perceptions of U.S. policies in place to release minors and family units on their own recognizance.”
“These perceptions are likely derived by the outcomes observed during the 2014 [unaccompanied minor] surge, subsequent policy and court decisions related to family unit and minor alien detentions, and information received from family and friends already living in the United States,” the analysts said.