Opinion

Steve King is right about the KIDS Act

Many other news stories in the last two years haven noted the rise of adolescent drug smuggling. Boyle points to a Fox News Latino piece which noted that “Children between the ages of 11 and 17 are being recruited by Mexico’s drug cartels to smuggle narcotics and work as spies, the Mexican press reported Sunday, citing information from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.”

Of course, not all of these young smugglers are illegal aliens. Fox News Latino noted that, “The number of children from the United States being recruited by the cartels has risen since the second half of 2011 because they enjoy the benefit of citizenship.” It is a big problem in border towns like Douglas and Nogales, Arizona, where high school students are recruited to smuggle drugs because, as citizens, they can leave and reenter the U.S. easily.

The fact that there were nearly 400 minors arrested in just one of the eight border sectors in the last 18 months — to say nothing of the young smugglers who have avoided detection — suggests that King’s ratio of smugglers to valedictorians may be in the right ballpark.

Rep. King was not saying or suggesting that the majority of illegal aliens who would qualify for the “Dream Act” or “KIDS Act” amnesty are drug smugglers. What he suggested is that a law written so broadly that it gives benefits to two to four million illegal aliens merely because they entered the country as teenagers will inevitably give those benefits to hundreds of of thousands of individuals who first entered our country as drug smugglers.

If House Speaker Boehner doesn’t want any public discussion of that fact, he should offer a better solution to the problem, not attack the messenger.