The flood of illegal immigrant minors pouring over the southern United States border is no accident. President Obama is implementing the same strategy that progressives have touted for years as a means to create massive socialist welfare state: the Cloward Piven Strategy.
If you need a refresher on Cloward-Piven, do some homework over here. But the basic idea is that by flooding the welfare rolls with enough recipients, progressives could collapse the entire system and force massive overhauls. Government creates a massive problem that they feel can only be solved by even more massive government.
This is what’s happening right now with illegal immigration.
from Washington Times:
The Obama administration announced a program late last week that would provide attorneys for the young illegal immigrant children crossing in waves over the U.S.-Mexico border, saying they want to make sure the unaccompanied minors are getting fair legal representation.
The joint project between the Justice Department and AmeriCorps, the government’s national service organization, aims to recruit 100 lawyers and paralegals to shepherd the children through the immigration system, making sure they are treated properly and can make claims for legal status or protection if they are eligible.
“We’re taking a historic step to strengthen our justice system and protect the rights of the most vulnerable members of society,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a statement announcing the plan.
“How we treat those in need, particularly young people who must appear in immigration proceedings — many of whom are fleeing violence, persecution, abuse or trafficking — goes to the core of who we are as a nation,” he said.
Known as unaccompanied alien children, they are generally from Central America, are escaping poverty, abuse or dangerous gangs back home, and make the harrowing trek through Mexico and across the U.S. border.
The government expects more than 90,000 of the children to be apprehended on the U.S. side of the border this year and more than 140,000 to be caught next year. That doesn’t include the tens of thousands more who avoid capture.
As the numbers have spiked in recent weeks and border officials have struggled to keep up with the flow, Obama administration officials have declared it an “urgent humanitarian situation” and have tried to find ways to make the children’s lives easier once they get into the U.S.
The effort to give the children some legal representation won praise from immigrant rights groups, who said they were happy to see the administration respond to the spike in children with humanitarian aid rather than stiffer enforcement policies.
By framing the flood of children immigrants as a “humanitarian crisis,” President Obama has greater leverage to offer more legal and physical help to illegal immigrant minors. This in turn creates an even more enticing reason for parents in Central and South America to send their children over the boarder, often unaccompanied. Parents know that their children will be attended to once they’re over the boarder.
The result is that the entire system is completely overwhelmed and unworkable. By using children as the pawns in his Cloward-Piven scheme, Obama is maximizing the leverage he has to pass amnesty as “compassionate.”
But it’s not compassion that motivates Obama, it’s cold, ruthless political calculation. So far, it’s working…