Two years ago, top officials in the Obama administration were repeatedly warned, by Governor Rick Perry and others, of the potential for a severe increase in the number of migrant children attempting to illegally cross the southern border. The reality is that during this time, Obama was preoccupied with winning a bid for his reelection. Warnings of issues at the border were dismissed by the administration as being a ‘local problem’ and Obama went on to sign DACA just a month after receiving a letter from Governor Perry detailing his concerns.
The administration did too little to heed those warnings, according to interviews with former government officials, outside experts and immigrant advocates, leading to an inadequate response that contributed to this summer’s escalating crisis.
Federal officials viewed the situation as a “local problem,” said Victor Manjarrez Jr., a former Border Patrol station chief who led the UTEP study. The research, conducted last year, was funded by the Department of Homeland Security and published in March. A broader crisis was “not on anyone’s radar,” Manjarrez added, even though “it was pretty clear this number of kids was going to be the new baseline.”…
But top officials at the White House and the State Department had been warned repeatedly of the potential for a further explosion in the number of migrant children since the crisis began escalating two years ago, according to former federal officials and others familiar with internal discussions. The White House was directly involved in efforts in early 2012 to care for the children when it helped negotiate a temporary shelter at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
“There were warning signs, operational folks raising red flags to high levels in terms of this being a potential issue,” said one former senior federal law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly about internal operations.
Amid what is now a serious crisis as a result of this administration’s negligence and failed policies, the left wing media is in cover up mode, trying to reshape the narrative for their uninformed adherents. How? By accusing anyone who points out the facts as being partisan.
MSNBC, New York Times Headlines:
“Washington Post adopts extreme Right Wing rhetoric: Makes baseless accusations about White House ‘knowing’ about immigration issues two years ago.”