The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 was enacted after being signed by the President Bush on December 23, 2008. This is the law that the Progressives keep quoting as to why they cannot just pack up and return to sender. After the November 2008 election of Barack Obama the Democrats wrote a bill on December 9th 2008, that they voted for on December 10th, that gave to Bush and he signed it on December 23rd, if you would like to read the Bill click on its number:
To authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2008 through 2011 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, to enhance measures to combat trafficking in persons, and for other purposes.
You can plainly see that the Act expired in 2011, so I am at a loss to understand how they can blame a Bush law upon today’s crises. Yet you will read this over and over again, and here it parroted on television:
While the Obama administration has moved aggressively to deport adults, it has in fact expelled far fewer children than in the past. Largely because of a 2008 federal law aimed at protecting trafficked children, the administration in 2013 deported one-fifth the number of Central American children as were expelled in 2008, according to federal government statistics. Wave of Minors on Their Own Rush to Cross Southwest Border
“While the Obama administration has moved aggressively to deport adults, it has in fact expelled far fewer children than in the past. Largely because of a 2008 federal law aimed at protecting trafficked children, the administration in 2013 deported one-fifth the number of Central American children as were expelled in 2008, according to federal government statistics.” (word for word) The 2008 act, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008, forced U.S. official to inquire into the vulnerability of unaccompanied minors to trafficking and other forms of abuse. U.S. officials were then only allowed to deport the children quickly if they make a voluntary decision to return. Longer processing times created by the 2008 act mean longer wait times for the minors in immigration detention facilities. MNCD1 GOP primary challenger calls border humanitarian crisis “flash mob,” blames Walz
And one last one from Cato, though I could link many more examples of this lie being used to explain why so many children cannot be deported.
The real bottleneck is in detention facilities, not the numbers of border patrol agents on the ground. As the New York Times reported: “While the Obama administration has moved aggressively to deport adults, it has in fact expelled far fewer children than in the past. Largely because of a 2008 federal law aimed at protecting trafficked children, the administration in 2013 deported one-fifth the number of Central American children as were expelled in 2008, according to federal government statistics.” Unaccompanied Minors Crossing the Border–The Facts
I reckon that they are following advise, Hitler’s gave in his book “Mein Kampf” (My Struggle) where he originates the idea of “das Grosse Luge” (The Big Lie):
“But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.”
Now to the real reason behind the influx: When did the unaccompanied alien children explosion on the border begin? It was in 2012 with the introduction of the Deferred Action Program (DOCA) after the expiration of 2008′s William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. And what, you may ask, is the DOCA?
Over the past three years, this Administration has undertaken an unprecedented effort to transform the immigration enforcement system into one that focuses on public safety, border security and the integrity of the immigration system. As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to focus its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who pose a danger to national security or a risk to public safety, including individuals convicted of crimes with particular emphasis on violent criminals, felons, and repeat offenders, DHS will exercise prosecutorial discretion as appropriate to ensure that enforcement resources are not expended on low priority cases, such as individuals who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines. Individuals who demonstrate that they meet the guidelines below may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and may be eligible for employment authorization. You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you: Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time; Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS; Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012; Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Now here is the kicker, anyone who is allowed entry under DOCA Obama has excluded them from Obama Care:
As a result of the August 28, 2012 changes, DACA-eligible individuals will remain excluded from almost all affordable health insurance options. They will be treated as though they are undocumented, even though they are otherwise considered lawfully present and are eligible for a work permit and a Social Security number. Unless their state has established a state-funded health coverage program, their only opportunity to obtain affordable, comprehensive health insurance may be through employment. Exclusion of Youth Granted “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” from Affordable Health Care
So guess who is going to be stuck with the health bill of all these sick kids? The cities that they may happen to end up in, that is who. It seems to me that Obama was expecting this surge, and is counting on it to overtax many local system to make them beg for a single payer plan. So do you still think that this invasion just happened all on its own with no help from Obama’s fellow travelers? Be safe. Update, 7/11/2014: After receiving a comment that only the funding of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act had laps, but the rest was still enforce, and that the funding was available from other sources I looked it up. No the bill was renewed in 2003, 2006, 2008, the last time by Bush, but has not been renewed since.
The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (TVPA) is a federal statute passed into law in 2000 by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Clinton. The law was later reauthorized by Presidents Bush and Obama. It offers protections for persons in the country illegally who may be victims of human trafficking. The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act was subsequently renewed in 2003, 2006, 2008 (when it was renamed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008). The law lapsed in 2011. In 2013 the entirety of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act was attached as an amendment to the Violence Against Women Act and passed. There are two stipulations an applicant has to meet in order to receive the benefits of the T-Visa. First, a trafficked victim must prove/admit to being trafficked and second must submit to prosecution of his or her trafficker. Because of this the law does not apply to immigrants seeking admission to the United States for other immigration purposes. Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000