Jeff Crouere

The nightmare at the border shows no sign of abating anytime soon. Thousands of illegal aliens, including a massive increase in unaccompanied children, have crossed the border this year.

Not surprisingly, 90 percent of the illegal minors do not show up for their court hearings and prefer to escape onto the streets of this country, knowing there is very little chance they will ever be deported. In 2013, only 1,800 of the 38,759 unaccompanied children who entered the country illegally were deported.

The total number of undocumented aliens is unknown, for our border patrol only apprehends 25% of the people who illegally cross into this country. The scary aspect to this crisis is that our government has no idea the extent of the weapons, drugs and diseases that have been brought into the country.

Amazingly, Obama administration officials have allowed gang members to stay, even murderers. Last year, the Department of Homeland Security released over 36,000 miscreants who were convicted of crimes such as homicide, sexual assault and kidnapping.

The influx of illegal aliens will bring more crime to our streets and lead to more joblessness for our citizens. It is indisputable that low wage, unskilled illegal aliens will take jobs away from American citizens. This will lead to more Americans on government assistance, growing our welfare state.

While the House of Representatives passed a bill to deal with the crisis, the Senate refused to act and the President is going on a two week Martha’s Vineyard vacation. His answer is to spend almost $4 billion to hire bureaucrats and provide additional benefits for illegal aliens.

The flow of benefits is what is driving individuals from Mexico and the seven Central American countries to cross the border illegally. While some people are surely fleeing violence and the dangerous drug cartels, many more are attracted to the American welfare system.

Almost everyone who makes the treacherous trek through Mexico toward our southern border knows there is a good chance they will be rewarded in America. They are well aware of the free healthcare, free tuition and cash assistance offered by federal and state governments. Since they are given de-facto amnesty and gifts as well, who would not want to escape crime and poverty to come to the land of riches?

The problem is that this booty system cannot continue indefinitely. We will not be able to afford the continuous stream of generous welfare payments.


Jeff Crouere

Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com