DHS: Flow of Illegal Immigrants Encouraged by U.S. Failure to Deport

By:  Warren Mass
DHS: Flow of Illegal Immigrants Encouraged by U.S. Failure to Deport

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report recently leaked to the public acknowledges that the failure to deport those who have entered the United States illegally is among the “pull factors” prompting more people to follow suit.

The report, identified as “De-Classified” and “Law Enforcement Sensitive,” was leaked to Breitbart Texas by a law enforcement source in DHS who wants to remain unidentified.

The Obama administration reports that since October, 52,000 Unaccompanied Children (UACs) — most from Central America—have been apprehended at the U.S. border, up from 6,000 in 2011. Yet the DHS report, notes Bretibart, states that only 0.1 percent of the Central American UACs were deported in Fiscal Year 2013, down from two percent during the prior year. 

The DHS report examines several factors that “pull” illegal immigrants, including children, to the United States:

Migration pull factors include reunification with family members already in the United States and successful migration attempts; that is, most (98 percent) OTM [other than Mexican] UCs [unaccompanied children] are issued a Notice to Appear and not immediately removed from the United States. Last year, only 1,700 UCs were repatriated to their home countries.” The report also clarifies the statement: HSI-Intel assesses with high confidence that reunification with family members already in the United States continues to be a pull factor for UCs from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

The report also acknowledges that the failure to immediately deport (repatriate) illegal immigrants is a key factor in encouraging further illegal immigration:

No single factor causes OTM UC migration to the United States. Rather, several factors combine to cause this, including poor economies and violence in home countries, potential employment opportunities in the United States, family reunification, and success at not being immediately repatriated drive OTM UC migration to the United States. 

While most reports about the influx of illegal immigrants from Central America blame the massive increase on violence and poverty in that region, the DHS report indicates (“with high confidence”) that encouragement from illegal aliens already in the United States is perhaps an even more significant draw.

Among other significant statements included in the DGS report:

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