(from the Daily Caller) The government-facilitated inflow of Central American migrant children and youths into U.S. schools and workplaces is at least 50 percent larger than has been reported by most establishment media outlets.
The media has copied President Barack Obama’s focus on 68,000 so-called “unaccompanied children,” but has mostly ignored the equally large inflow of 68,000 parents and minors who crossed the border in so-called “family units.”
The media coverage has minimized the apparent impact of the 110,000 poorly educated migrant minors on Americans’ neighborhoods and schools. For example, the migrants’ arrival in the schools has shifted a large amount of resources away from poor and low-skilled American kids.
The skewed coverage was illustrated Oct. 10 when various media outlets reported the Oct. 9 claim by Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson that 68,434 “unaccompanied children” have crossed the border since September 2013.
That 68,434 number was widely reported by the media, even though Johnsonalso admitted to the journalists that the inflow of “unaccompanied children” was matched by an equally large inflow of “family units.”
“A lot of the spike that we saw this summer were not just unaccompanied kids,” Johnson said. ”Unaccompanied kids got the most attention. But a lot of it, perhaps on the same numbers, if not larger, were what we call family units — parents with kids, which is what you’re askingme about,” he told the reporters.
But the reporters ignored Johnson’s admission.
“In all, 68,434 minors without their parents were detained along the border in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30,” Julia Preston wrote Oct. 10 in The New York Times.
“‘The worst is over for now,’ Mr. Johnson said in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington,” Preston wrote.
The Washington Post’s Jerry Markon also highlighted Johnson’s claim that “the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border in fiscal 2014 turned out to be 68,434.”
Neither Preston nor Markon mentioned Johnson’ admission that the inflow of people in “family units” was as large as the inflow of so-called “unaccompanied children” most of whom said they were older than 14.
The liberal Huffington Post followed the same pattern. ”Johnson tried to dispel rumors and dial back fears … [and] said the number of unaccompanied minors apprehended in fiscal year 2014 was 68,434 — considerably lower than a projection of 90,000,” Elise Foley wrote.
However, Foley briefly mentioned the parallel inflow of parents with youths and kids. “Johnson said that given the increase this year in families crossing the border — even though the numbers have dropped recently — DHS needed to make sure it could detain them,” Foley wrote.
Shortly after Johnson’s speech, his Customs and Border Patrol agency announced that 68,541 “unaccompanied children” were accepted at the border by federal agencies from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014. The inflow of Central Americans arriving in family units reached 68,445, said the announcement.
That 68,445 “family unit” inflow was slightly greater than Johnson’s Oct. 9 claim of 68,434 unaccompanied children and youths, and ensured the flow of minors slightly outpaced the flow of “family units.”
The minors were escorted by smugglers from Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador, through Mexico to the federal agencies in Texas. The youths were handed over to the agencies, who then sent them, gratis, to their parents and relations in cities throughout the United States. Officials also allowed them to file lawsuits in court to win residency and eventually citizenship.
The minors are migrating “in search of a family member and a better life in this country,” Johnson told the reporters Oct. 9.