children at borderCatherine Herridge at Fox News reports that a new intelligence study suggests that the latest surge of illegal immigrants are not fleeing violence in their homelands, but rather are under the misconception that if they make it to the United States border, they will be granted permission to stay.

The 10-page July 7 report was issued by the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), which according to the Justice Department website is led by the DEA and incorporates Homeland Security. Its focus is on the collection and distribution of tactical intelligence, information which can immediately be acted on by law enforcement.

“Of the 230 migrants interviewed, 219 cited the primary reason for migrating to the United States was the perception of U.S. immigration laws granting free passes or permisos to UAC (unaccompanied children) and adult females OTMs (other than Mexicans) traveling with minors,” the report said.

Coyotes or human traffickers are said to be to blame for much of this. They are looking to money from vulnerable people. Often charging thousands of dollars per person, the coyotes have a vested interest in keeping the flow of illegal immigrants moving. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. told reporters on Tuesday, July 15, “Remember this is not a five-year-old [sic] or an 11-year-old can’t just walk over the border and get to the United States. These are organized coyotes doing this.”

The administration’s lack of response to the border crisis is construed as permissive by many, leading to not only illegal immigration, but human trafficking and exploitation of children, the poor and most vulnerable.

Read “Misperceptions about U.S. immigration policy behind surge of illegal children, report says” at Fox News.

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  • Canderson

    If you fix the grammatical/typographical errors in this, I’ll share it.

    • http://www.acton.org/ Elise Hilton

      My apologies.

  • http://www.acton.org/ Elise Hilton

    What I’m saying is that this administration is playing into the hands of coyotes, drug smugglers and human traffickers. Without forcefully speaking out and telling people in Central America and Mexico that there is no “free citizenship” to anyone who makes the journey, and that parents are putting their children at severe risk, the administration is allowing this human tragedy to continue. The amounts of money taken in by coyotes and traffickers would be better used for building up entrepreneurship, education, health care and rule of law in the countries where the children are coming from. The children are not at fault; they are being used by this administration’s failure to act decisively.