And yesterday, Ms. Pavlich had this follow up:
Now, Border Patrol documents newly obtained exclusively by Townhall detail the crimes MS-13 and other gang members in the Nogales processing center admit to committing.
In an interview with Border Patrol agents, 15-year-old self admitted MS-13 member with the last name Aguilar said he killed a member of rival gang 18th Street six months ago with a fully automatic Uzi before coming to the United States.
“He claims he walked over to the wounded rival, and emptied the magazine into the rival’s body,” interview documents show.
Aguilar also admitted to, “being involved in extortion for the gang,” and “collecting money from local vendors and threatening them if they refused to pay.”
For this particular example, the gang member was fifteen and within the age Mr. Hewitt calls for more rigorous screening. But I’m not so sure there aren’t gang members under the age of thirteen in these ranks. We also can’t be sure that there aren’t a bunch of twenty and thirty-somethings posing as minors.
“Some of them have had gray hair and they’re telling you that they’re 17 years old and they have no documentation,” Jamie Cerulli, the Lynn mayor’s chief of staff, tells NRO. “If my children went to the public schools, I’d be very uncomfortable with all of these unaccompanied minors [that] are placed in the ninth grade.”
Lovelace reports on two unaccompanied illegals and has this to say:
NRO has obtained Department of Health and Human Services documents and images of two unaccompanied aliens living in Lynn that appear to challenge the notion that the age information listened for these “children” on their documents is accurate.
Isai and Candelaria are enrolled in the ninth grade and are expected to arrive in class this fall, Latham confirmed to NRO. When potential age discrepancies arise, Latham says city officials visit the residences of the “minors” to attempt to verify the age of the individuals in question.
On one occasion that she’s aware of, Latham says a relative at one such residence identified an illegal immigrant “child” as between the ages of 30 and 35.
While I’m sure Mr. Hewitt’s plan as written isn’t intended to apply to such people, I have no faith in the people doing the screening to find such discrepancies. When we can’t spot thirty-somethings posing as teenagers to apply for DREAM Act status, we don’t have an immigration policy, we have a Brat Pack movie.
Mr. Hewitt then calls for the border fence to be built when this humanitarian crisis is dealt with. But as @ConservativeLA points out, these two things are not related: we all know the fence will not automatically be built just because we do this.
Border enforcement is the furthest thing from the minds of the architects of this crisis. Conservatives keep falling into the trap of thinking if we accept the Left’s premises and give them everything they want, they will somehow become reasonable and see our side of things.
This is why I was dismayed as I listened to Florida Senator Marco Rubio on Sean Hannity’s radio show this week. It appeared Senator Rubio was still under the impression that Democrats would at some point allow border security to happen.
Our job is not to labor under such fantasies. Our job is to defeat Democrats and yes, the open-borders crowd among Republicans so that we can restore our national sovereignty through a visible, enforced border (the existence of which has been dubious since President Eisenhower left office).
So while we who have stressed our disagreement with Mr. Hewitt understand that Obama has no intention of deporting these kids, it is not our job to so easily surrender to his premise.
And that’s precisely Hugh Hewitt’s treatise: surrender. While it may be a way to deal with Obama’s ignoring the laws of the land, it is still an acquiescence to lawlessness. It is a refusal to be the opposition party.
The Republicans should be making this an albatross around Obama’s neck. The vast majority of Americans do not want open borders, they don’t want amnesty, and they don’t want unfettered immigration without checking to see who’s here. Obama’s amnesty brigade is more massively unpopular than Obamacare, so force Obama to defend it.
Conservatives must put the President on the defensive, and when the GOP takes the Senate (assuming they do), pull the rug out from under him with the power you have — the power of the purse. Defund any government agency which facilitates this criminal racket and force Obama and his cronies to defend it.
The Right must make the porous southern border and Obama’s implicit invitation to Central Americans an electoral loser for Democrats who must demand deportation, if for no other reason than to salvage the wife of the impeached felon for 2016.