The Obama administration says the recent influx of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants over America's southern border is creating an "urgent humanitarian situation," noting that many of those who have come to America are children under the age of 13.
But Glenn Beck made the case on his radio and television programs Monday that the White House is "directly responsible" for the crisis and is using it to push its immigration agenda.
"Why are these kids suddenly coming now?" Beck asked, noting that 47,000 children have been apprehended at the southwest border in the past eight months alone, marking a nearly 10-fold increase since 2011 according to the Associated Press.
Children hold up anti-deportation signs at a rally sponsored by local immigrant rights organizations, Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Homestead, Fla. The event was part of a national campaign led by the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) which urges President Obama to provide immediate relief from deportation to undocumented immigrants. (AP Photo)
Beck first noted that television networks in Guatemala are claiming that if mothers go to the United States with their children, they won't be turned away.
"So, did this news station just invent this false rumor on its own?" Beck asked. "If not, where did they dig it up? Who fed it to them? What was it, exactly, that caused them to go on television and suggest to the moms and dads watching that they go ahead and risk their lives to flee the country? Did [the Obama] administration play any role in this nightmare?"
Beck noted that in June of 2012, President Obama issued an order that he said would "lift the shadow of deportation from these young people."
"Over the next few months," the president said, "eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization."
Beck said the president didn't emphasize that the relief was only available to those who have continuously resided in the United States since 2007, so the "message received" was that young illegal immigrants would not be sent home.
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks about the Department of Homeland Security's recent announcement about deportation of illegal immigrants in the Rose Garden at the White House June 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. With the DREAM Act unable to gain traction in Congress, Obama announced that his administration would stop deporting some young people who came to U.S. as children of illegal immigrants. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
"Everything the administration has communicated on the issue of illegal immigration has left no doubt that this is an administration friendly to illegal aliens," Beck said. "The clear impression is that they want to abolish deportation. They want amnesty for all, even the worst of the worst. Convicted felons, the ones who are [here] illegally, are treated like royalty -- 36,000 were released from prison in 2013 alone."
Beck said Obama's declaration in 2012 "directly coincided with the spike in numbers."
"You might not have paid attention, but they heard it loud and clear," Beck remarked. "It's no wonder that people are making the choice to break the law, because they know our president won't follow the law."
After highlighting a number of new services the U.S. taxpayer is providing the illegals -- like legal representation, counseling, and recreational services -- Beck asked where we would be if the administration had put just as much "time and money and dedication" into fixing the VA, the economy, or securing our borders.
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