Last year, nearly 100,000 unaccompanied minors entered the US illegally. Supposedly the bulk of them were escaping the violence where they lived in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The federal government officially labeled them Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC).
Even though some of them were infected with contagious diseases like tuberculosis, most all of them were allowed to stay. The federal government dispersed them throughout the US. Many public schools found themselves struggling with a sudden influx of illegal kids that didn’t speak English.
Taking care of these illegal minors is costing US taxpayers millions of dollars. We’re paying for housing, food, medical, clothing, education and more. In many communities, the demands of these illegal minors are draining local budgets which end up hindering the funding of police and fire departments along with other local services.
If you’re not happy about seeing how your tax dollars are being used, then just wait until I tell you that the US government is also using your tax dollars to help minor children and criminals still in Central American countries.
Under the auspices of the Unaccompanied Alien Children program, the federal government is now sending your tax dollars south of the border. Judicial Watch reports:
“Now American taxpayers are funding the UACs education, housing and medical care in this country as well as programs back home for those who don’t make it north. For instance, the $2.5 million allocated last year will help “improve corrections administration and professionalism” in the Central American countries. It will also create opportunities for “re-socialization” of the offenders through community service, paid work or studies to learn a profession or trade and pay for legal representation. The administration claims the investment will help minimize the impact of international crime and illegal drugs on the United States, its citizens and partner nations.”
“This month Uncle Sam sent over another $13 million to provide job training to at-risk youth in El Salvador and Honduras. The goal is to help them develop ‘mark-relevant skills and secure good employment,’ according to the official government announcement. It’s part of a four-year project called Youth Pathways-Central America and it’s expected to help 5,100 low-income youth, ages 14 to 20, who reside in areas with high rates of violence. Social services and emergency shelter will also be available and so will training services for 1,900 of the youth’s family members.”
Ironically there are hundreds of thousands of minors born here in the US are struggling for a place to live, food to eat, clothing to wear and medical services. They struggle in school because of the hardships in their personal lives.
I’m not a fan of welfare and excessive government assistance, but I would much rather see our tax dollars used to help those in need here in our own country before helping those in need in other countries. I believe in the age old adage that charity begins at home. If we can’t take care of our own people, we shouldn’t be trying to carry for those in other countries.
And what about all of those poor innocent minors that flooded into the US? Judicial Watch also gives us some insight about what they’re doing now:
“Soon Americans will inevitably get stuck with exorbitant incarceration costs for some of these UACs. Just a few weeks ago JW reported that many have joined the nation’s most violent street gang, Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13. The information comes from the Texas Department of Public Safety, which reveals in a 19-page report that MS-13 has emerged as a top tier gang in the state thanks to the new arrivals. A year earlier JW had already reported that gangs were actively recruiting UACs at shelters immediately after arriving in the U.S. and they were using Red Cross phones to communicate.”
And just think, they will also become some of Barack Obama’s future illegal voters as well.