On May 16, 2019 ICE issued a press release with the extremely disturbing headline:
Fraudulent family case involving 6-month-old represents 'new level of child endangerment' according to ICE officials.
Here is an excerpt from the press release:
Security Investigations (HSI) special agents have described as an increasing trend of fraudulent families presenting at the border in order to take advantage of loopholes in immigration laws and avoid being detained by immigration authorities.
“Cases like this demonstrate the real danger that exists to children in this disturbing new trend,” said HSI Acting Executive Associate Director Alysa Erichs. “And while we have seen egregious cases of smugglers renting and recycling children, this case involving a six-month-old infant is a new low – and an unprecedented level of child endangerment.”
Amilcar Guiza-Reyes, a 51-year old citizen and national of Honduras, who was previously deported in 2013, made an initial appearance in federal court in the Southern District of Texas May 10, charged with 8 USC 1324 alien smuggling for allegedly smuggling a 6-month-old infant across the U.S.-Mexico border.
On May 7, Guiza-Reyes was observed by U.S. Border Patrol wading across the Rio Grande River from Mexico into the U.S. near Hidalgo, Texas, carrying an infant child.
He initially claimed to the U.S. Border Patrol agents that the infant was his son. However, after presenting a fraudulent Honduran birth certificate at the Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, he was referred to HSI special agents for interview and further investigation. He later admitted to the HSI special agents that he obtained the child’s fraudulent document to show him as the father and that he intended to use the child to further his unlawful entry in to the U.S.
The child in this case, whose name is being withheld for privacy reasons, was transferred to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services for placement.
Cases like this one have led HSI to step up investigations into similar cases of fraud involving children. In recent months, HSI has deployed 130 personnel to the border, including special agents, forensic interview specialists, document examiners and victim assistance specialists, in an effort to combat this phenomenon.
The radical left blames Trump’s immigration policies for separating “immigrant” families, the reality is that all too often, alien families are separated long before the aliens come to the United States.
The Flores Decision mandates that illegal alien families with minor children cannot be kept in custody for more than 20 days.
This has led to a huge increase in two types of fraud, adult illegal aliens falsely claiming to be minors and as we see in this case, adult aliens entering the United States illegally with children to whom they are not related but falsely claim to be those minor children’s parents.
In this case an infant was separated from its family either with the consent of the parents who may have been paid to “rent” the baby or by kidnappers who simply took the child from its family.
Of course now the challenge will be to find the actual parents of the six month old infant child.
That process may take a very long time and undoubtedly the media will complain bitterly about how long the child is separated from his/her parents. They will likely blame DHS and the Trump administration for the crimes committed by alien smugglers who have been emboldened by failures of the leadership of both parties to provide essential resources to secure our borders
Today the U.S. southern border is under siege with tens of thousands of illegal aliens being apprehended each month, overwhelming the already limited resources of CBP (Customs and Border Protection) while members of the lunatic left claim that there is no crisis on the border but a fantasy created by the Trump administration.
Furthermore, historically, for decades, families from foreign countries have been separated when a family member enters the U.S. without inspection or violates the terms of his/her lawful admission to work illegally in the United States and/or commit other violations of our laws so that they can send money back to their families in their home countries.
Incredibly politicians who favor massive amnesty programs to legalize unknown millions of illegal aliens claim that the best way to reunite these families is to provide these illegal aliens with lawful status and then empower them to permit their families to legally join them in the United States.
As I noted back in 2013 when I testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the topic, Building An Immigration System Worthy Of American Values the immigration policies of the Obama administration and statements made by politicians who promised to provide lawful status to massive numbers of illegal aliens served to fire the “starter’s pistol” for aspiring illegal aliens from around the world, turning our borders into the finish line.
Of course the most sensible solution to “reuniting” these families is to send the illegal alien back to his/her home country where they are then reunited with their families.
There are numerous accounts of children being “rented” out by their own parents to smugglers and to aliens who seek to use that child to expedite their release from ICE custody when they make bogus claims to political asylum.
Another possibility also exists, very young children may be kidnapped by smugglers to be used to further their alien smuggling operations. Infants obviously cannot be interviewed and make the ideal “child” to exploit in such situations.
Immigration fraud has always been a major issue for immigration law enforcement but one which receives little if any attention in the mainstream media or even by politicians who propose immigration legislation that ignores how fraud may well render the laws that they enact moot and meaningless.
On May 18, 2004 I testified before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims at a hearing on the topic: Pushing The Border Out On Alien Smuggling: New Tools And Intelligence Initiatives.
That hearing was initially to be held to explore the issue of alien smuggling. I convinced Representative Jackson Lee to look beyond the U.S./Mexican border and consider the role of visa fraud, immigration fraud and document fraud to facilitate alien smuggling. The terminology of “pushing the border out” referred to my argument that requiring aliens to present visas when they seek admission into the United States would move America’s borders out to the U.S. consulates and embassies where the visas are issued.
Immigration fraud was, in fact, determined to be the prime method and entry for international terrorists and was an issue covered at length by the 9/11 Commission and documented in the official report prepared by the 9/11 Commission staff, 9/11 and Terrorist Travel. This report focused specifically on the ability of the terrorists to enter the United States and ultimately embed themselves in the United States as they went about their deadly preparations to carry out a deadly attack.
Awhile back I wrote Immigration Fraud, Lies That Kill.
With so much “on the line” our political leaders irrespective of party affiliation must finally make border security and related areas of immigration law enforcement the priority it should have been for all too many years.