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NYT Blames Biden Illegal Alien Kids Loophole On Bush

From the shameless revisionists at the New York Times:

Immigrant Surge Rooted in Law to Curb Child Trafficking

By CARL HULSE | JULY 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — It was one of the final pieces of legislation signed into law by President George W. Bush, a measure that passed without controversy, along with a pension bill and another one calling for national parks to be commemorated on quarters.

You see? It’s all Bush’s fault. We knew the media would finally find a way to pin it on him.

“This is a piece of legislation we’re very proud to sign,” a White House spokesman, Tony Fratto, told reporters on Dec. 23, 2008, as the president put his pen to the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, named for a 19th-century British abolitionist…

Now the legislation, enacted quietly during the transition to the Obama administration, is at the root of the potentially calamitous flow of unaccompanied minors to the nation’s southern border.

In reality, this was not a new law at all. This was a ‘renewal’ of a law that was signed by Bill Clinton, the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000. Which was to provide protections for persons in the country illegally who may be victims of human trafficking.

The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act has been subsequently renewed in 2003, 2006, 2008 and most recently in 2013, as an amendment to the Violence Against Women Act.

In fact, William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 was sponsored by then Senator Joe Biden. It carefully added the loophole that prevents illegal alien children from non-contiguous countries from being quickly immediately deported.

The ‘renewal’ of the act in 2013, the  Violence Against Women Act, introduced similar loopholes for women who were victims of domestic violence. It was also championed by Joe Biden.

So now we are being flooded with children who are claiming to have been victims of sex trafficking and women who are claiming to be victims of domestic violence. We are supposed to believe that these 50,000 kids are all the victims of sex trafficking. That the 250,000 illegal adult women — are all victims of domestic violence.

Originally pushed by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers as well as by evangelical groups to combat sex trafficking, the bill gave substantial new protections to children entering the country alone who were not from Mexico or Canada by prohibiting them from being quickly sent back to their country of origin.

Funny how the NYT neglects to mention that this bill was sponsored and championed by then Senator Joe Biden. In fact, this is one of the feathers in Joe’s cap.

Instead, it required that they be given an opportunity to appear at an immigration hearing and consult with an advocate, and it recommended that they have access to counsel. It also required that they be turned over to the care of the Department of Health and Human Services, and the agency was directed to place the minor “in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child” and to explore reuniting those children with family members.

The Obama administration says the law is partly responsible for tying its hands in dealing with the current influx of children.

As if Obama has any problems ignoring or even changing a law that doesn’t suit him, via his phone and pen.

Officials have suggested that the White House might seek flexibility in the law’s requirements when it asks Congress to provide emergency funds to contend with the latest immigration crisis, a request that could come as early as Tuesday…

In other words, Obama pretended he was going to do something to change this law, in order to get his $2 billion from Congress. But he has already reneged on that promise.

What many can agree on is that the Wilberforce law was not enacted with the idea of dealing with the current flow of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors or providing an incentive for children to reach the border.

“It is classic unintended consequences,” said Marc R. Rosenblum, deputy director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute. “This was certainly not what was envisioned.”

BS. This is exactly what the amnesty advocates who wrote knew would happen.

Given the tense partisanship that now surrounds nearly every aspect of border policy, it is hard to imagine that a bill making such substantive changes could breeze through Congress. But the trafficking measure did so in the Bush administration’s last weeks, and it did so with bipartisan backing without so much as a recorded vote in the Senate.

Of course, this being rammed through a lame duck Congress during Christmas has nothing to do with this.

Advocates saw it as a breakthrough on sex trafficking after Congress had already scuttled an earlier attempt at broad immigration reform despite the strong backing of Mr. Bush…

In other words, amnesty proponents saw this as a way to sneak in more illegals. This was not an accident. This was the most intended of consequences.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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