NEW YORK – George Soros influenced the Obama administration’s decision to redefine the flood of illegal immigration in 2014 from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as a “refugee crisis” rather than a criminal-justice issue, according to internal documents from Soros-run organizations released by the “hacktivist” group DCLeaks.
Soros called for the establishment of U.S. immigration processing centers in each of the three Central American countries to transport “migrant refugees” to the United States at American taxpayer expense, emphasizing the dangers faced by “unaccompanied minors” trying to cross the border and the need to reunite families.
The documents were among the 2,500 released by the DCLeaks website, which, says it was “launched by the American hacktivists who respect and appreciate freedom of speech, human rights and government of the people.”
A book-length publication produce for Soros’ Open Society Institute stated: “Over the past several months, we worked to insert a new idea into immigration debate in light of the unaccompanied children crisis.”
The publication contained various materials from the “Final Board Book” produced for the Open Society Institute’s U.S. Programs Board, UPS, meeting held in New York City from Sept. 29-30, 2014.
“Working with a concept initiated by George Soros, we undertook an intense effort to develop and promote a policy option for the administration which would have dramatically expanded the process by which unaccompanied children from the three Central American countries could gain access the United States,” the publication said.
“This concept, based on family reunification principles, reflected both an interest in providing an immediate solution to a pressing and unexpected development as well as an effort to inject new ideas into the staid immigration debate that now exists,” the publication continued, referring to a “concept note” prepared by Doris Meissner, a senior fellow and director for U.S. immigration policy programs at the Soros-funded Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.
The institute’s aim is to “bring about an illegal immigrant resettlement policy and increase social welfare benefits for illegals.”
“The arrival of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America at the U.S.-Mexico border has shined a spotlight on an aspect of unauthorized migration to the U.S. that has been occurring for decades but has surged in recent months, overwhelming the government’s existing capacity to respond,” Meissner stated in the first sentence of a “concept note” dated Aug. 26, 2014.
“A tangle of explanations exist for the new scale of the flow: divided families, special legal protections, and hearing backlogs in the U.S.,” Meissner continued. “In Central America, the sources are rising levels of cartel and gang violence, lack of jobs and opportunity, and smugglers who exploit all of the above with a lucrative new business model.”
Referencing the U.S. Refugee Act of 1980 (Public Law 96-212) that incorporated into U.S. law United Nations-endorsed international law definitions of political refugees, Meissner suggested the problem of the “new flows of children and youths from the northern triangle countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador” could be solved by establishing U.S. immigration “refugee and humanitarian relief processing centers” within the three countries.
The goal of the U.S. immigration centers would be to “provide a meaningful, enduring lifeline to those in severe danger, especially young people under age 18 who have a parent or close relative sponsor in the U.S.” by establishing procedures under which the U.S. government could transport the Central American minors to the U.S., provided relatives already in the U.S. could be identified.
The centers would “approve for U.S. resettlement or family unification” Central American “refugees” who could be processed in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador for U.S. taxpayer-paid transportation to the United States that would obviate the need to cross the southern border illegally on foot.
The published 2014 OSI UPS meeting summaries emphasize the Soros-suggested policy innovation resulted from a fundamental conclusion that a deadlock in Congress has made passing comprehensive immigration reform impossible, at least pending the outcome of the 2016 presidential and congressional elections.
Biden announces ‘refugee’ status
WND reported in November 2014 that Vice President Joe Biden, speaking to the Latin-American Development Bank, made formal the anticipated Obama administration plan to grant refugee status to some people under the age of 21 in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador whose parents legally reside in the U.S.
Earlier, on July 14, 2014, WND reported representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHRC, were holding “intense discussions” about the possibility of extending U.N. protection to the thousands of Central American crossing the border with Mexico illegally by defining them as “refugees” seeking asylum from domestic and political violence in their home nations.
While details of the plan remain sketchy, the extension of the U.S. State Department-administered refugee program that currently allows some 4,000 Cubans and Colombians to enter the U.S. legally would open the U.S. embassies in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala to families seeking to obtain refugee status for their children.
Biden’s announcement had few details, but conceivably State Department airplanes could be provided to transport the Central American children granted refugee status. It would enable them to avoid the risk of paying coyotes and criminal gangs to travel through Mexico and across the U.S. southern border.
Unnamed U.S. officials told reporters prior to Biden’s announcement that children deemed refugees would be allowed to work immediately upon entry in the U.S. and apply for permanent residency the next year and for naturalization five years later.
WND further reported Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., criticized Obama’s plan to extend refugee status to Central American children as “simply a government-granted border surge.”
Goodlatte said that under the “abusive new policy, unlawful immigrants in the United States, once they are granted executive amnesty by the president, can now rely on the Obama administration to bring their child, and possibly their spouse, who are in Central America to our country.”
In April 2015, WND reported the Obama administration was preparing to implement a new program to the United States at taxpayer expense for unaccompanied minors from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras if the “children” under 21 have a parent legally residing in the United States.
Last month, Breitbart reported more than 7,300 immigrant parents have applied to have the U.S. government fly their children from Central America to the states at taxpayer expense. The requests are made via the Obama administration’s Central American Minors Refugee/Parole Program, CAM, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ annual Ombudsman report.
The Breitbart report further noted the USCIS and the State Department created the CAM program in 2014 in response to the unprecedented surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.