“Honestly, I think almost everyone in the system knows that most of the [migrant] teens are coming to work and send money back home,” Maria Woltjen, executive director and founder of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, told a reporter for ProPublica. “They want to help their parents,” she
told ProPublica for a November 2020 article that reported:
Around Urbana-Champaign, the home of the University of Illinois, school district officials say children and adolescents lay shingles, wash dishes and paint off-campus university apartments. In New Bedford, Massachusetts, an indigenous Guatemalan labor leader has heard complaints from adult workers in the fish-packing industry who say they’re losing their jobs to 14-year-olds. In Ohio, teenagers work in dangerous chicken plants.
Though most of the teens interviewed for this story are now 18, they agreed to speak on the condition that they not be fully identified and that their employers not be named because they feared losing their jobs, harming their immigration cases or facing criminal penalties.
Some began to work when they were just 13 or 14, packing the candy you find by the supermarket register, cutting the slabs of raw meat that end up in your freezer and baking, in industrial ovens, the pastries you eat with your coffee. Garcia, who is 18 now, was 15 when he got his first job at an automotive parts factory.
The [Guatemalan] community has a long history of sending migrants to the United States, and [Isidro] had uncles who lived there. They had indoor kitchens. They didn’t have to cook outside under a tarp.
“He was ashamed,” his mother said in a phone interview. She said he told her: “I’m going to fight to make my dreams come true. I have to get my siblings ahead in life. I’m going to get them out of poverty.”
His uncles [in the United States had] wired him money to make the journey north.
Biden and his deputies want to create a large illegal population for a future amnesty, said Law. He continued:
The goal is to get them here because once they’re here then they’re never going to leave. And the results will be substantial taxpayer resources that are drained, and schools overwhelmed by children who don’t speak the language. and aren’t at the appropriate educational level.
An appendix to the January DHS report
shows that 315,000 UACs were accompanied from Central America to the border by coyotes from 2013 to 2020.
The vast majority of UACs
were the children of illegal migrants who had earned enough money in U.S. jobs to hire coyotes to escort their children to U.S. border officers, who then deliver the young migrants to their parents. Only about 15,000 of these younger migrants have been sent home by early 2020, while roughly 90,000 were allowed to stay — even though many were coming to work as child laborers in jobs that would have been held by Americans.
Mayorkas’ claim that children travel alone to the border “is absolutely appalling,” Law said, adding:
The deception that this administration uses with language is to obscure the heinous nature of what these parents are doing. They know what’s going to happen on the journey. The kids have no say in the matter, and they will be harmed, some far worse than others. [Illegal migrant] parents want their families to live with them illegally in the United States instead of the parents going back to the home country where they actually should be.
The Biden administration has the legal authority to repatriate the migrant youth and children when they are delivered to the border, Law noted:
There is no obligation to accept the kids. It is a policy choice by this administration to disregard the enforcement tools that are available to control the borders and to end future flows of child trafficking. They’re choosing to make business great for the coyotes, to increase the likelihood of trauma and harm to an entire generation of Central American minors who would not otherwise be subjected to this …. There’s absolutely nothing compassionate about being engaged willingly and intentionally in the trafficking of children.
The establishment media is allowing itself to be used, he said. “The media has been complicit … They were willing to buy any narrative that came out of the Obama and Bush administrations. They bought it hook, line and sinker, and they still don’t press the question, they refuse to connect the dots,” he said.
For years, a
wide variety of pollsters have shown deep and broad opposition to labor migration and the inflow of temporary contract workers into jobs sought by young U.S. graduates.
multiracial, cross-sex, non-racist, class-based, intra-Democratic, and solidarity-themed opposition to labor migration coexists with generally favorable personal feelings toward legal immigrants and toward immigration in theory — despite the media magnification of many skewed polls and articles that still push the 1950s corporate “Nation of Immigrants” claim.
The deep public opposition is built on the widespread recognition that migration moves money from employees to
employers, from families to investors, from young to old, from children to their parents, from homebuyers to real estate investors, and from the central states to the coastal states.