Obama’s immigration “policy” is failing


The Obama Administration announced last Friday[1] that its solution to the wave of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children streaming into the U.S. is to use taxpayer funds to provide them with lawyers. The new program, which comes straight out of Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, marks some new territory in the immigration debate. Not only is the federal government robbing Peter to pay Paul, they’re robbing Peter to pay for a law-breaking Paul’s legal defense.

The plan calls for $2 million in grants to non-profits that will enroll attorneys and paralegals in a one-year program designed to represent immigrant children as their cases run through the immigration legal system. The idea of creating a government-funded public defender system for undocumented immigrants is nothing new. But even advocates say the $2 million initiative will hardly put a dent in the court’s backlogs.

Since last October, 47,000 illegal immigrant children have entered the U.S. That number is expected to rise another 60,000 in the coming fiscal year. The Obama Administration’s plan is nothing more than a small Band-Aid on a gaping wound. It also depends on trained lawyers being willing to work for one year for only a $24,200 stipend at most.

All the talk about lawyers, however, ignores the big elephant in the room. The Obama administration’s lax attitude toward enforcing immigration laws have resulted in the influx we’re seeing today. Young adults are streaming across the border because they know if they make it across, there’s a very good chance they’ll be able to stay indefinitely. But what kind of message does it send when the administration tells illegal immigrants that instead of facing the consequences of breaking the law, they can just receive free government services– including their own taxpayer-funded attorney?

Providing free attorneys does nothing to stem the problem, Already, states like Arizona and Texas are struggling to handle the influx of immigrants. At Tea Party Patriots, we believe border security, and upholding the rule of law should be the top concerns when discussing immigration policy. President Obama is failing on both counts.