Immigration is a hot-ticket subject, and it is no less important in South Carolina. For instance, the president has stated that he will do all he can to make the immigration process smarter and more efficient. However, there are thousands of kids who have crossed the border unaccompanied. Many of those children may be integrated into the state of South Carolina.
The children, through the hope of their parents, have sent these poor, scared kids alone to the United States hoping that they will find education and a bright future away from gangs and poverty. The "Dream Act" is what is propelling them. It is said that between 60,000 and 80,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the border. That doesn't seem right to the Republicans who state that a secure border is needed.
Vice President Biden is trying to let those in South America know that this must stop. A not-very-well-known law came into effect in 2008 that basically gives the children who are not accompanied by their parents carte blanche to send their kids alone across the border into America. There is little that Congress can legally do to stem the tide.
The bill was meant to protect women and children who were caught up in the sex trafficking business by preventing deportation to those under 18. No regard was paid to their immigration status.
When Obama passed the Dream Act in 2012, it essentially took the teeth out of any deportation that would have taken place to children unaccompanied. They had to meet certain requirements though.
Those who met those requirements were given a two-year reprieve from deportation. It was an election year and it attracted kids whose parents were desperate to get them to a safer place.
Source: Source: The Fiscal Times, "Obama's Dream Act Dooms Immigration Reform," Liz Peek, July 9, 2014