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DHS Tells Congress They’ve Sent Open Letter Telling Parents Not to Send Kids Across Border

Congress tries to get answers on what caused the influx and what to do about flood of immigrants.

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Rodrigo Sermeño

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July 3, 2014 - 1:05 am
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WASHINGTON – Congress seeks to stop an influx of unaccompanied children from Latin American countries as thousands continue to stream across the southern border – and wants enforcement to start with an “unambiguous message” from the Obama administration.

The House held three hearings last week on the crisis as federal officials struggle to slow the tide of young immigrants crossing the border.

More than 52,000 minors traveling without their parents have been caught crossing the southwest border illegally since October, including 9,000 in May alone. More than 250 children are being apprehended every day along the southern border.

Nearly two-thirds of them have crossed through the Rio Grande Valley section of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.

The surge in migration also includes 39,000 adults with children detained since October – an unprecedented figure. According to DHS data, the increase in unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras began in 2012 and has accelerated since then.

The massive wave of illegal immigration through the southern border has prompted outrage on Capitol Hill, particularly among Republicans who maintain that the Obama administration’s immigration policies have fueled the influx.

“Word has gotten out that, once encountered by Border Patrol agents and processed, thanks to this administration’s lax enforcement policies, one will likely never be removed,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

Goodlatte pointed to a report from Rio Grande Valley border officials saying 95 percent of migrants interviewed said they believed a new U.S. law would give women traveling with minors and unaccompanied minors a free pass into the U.S.

At a different hearing, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) also blamed the Obama administration for wrongly encouraging poor residents of Latin American countries to believe that they can cross the border with no repercussions.

“The tragic fact is these children are making a dangerous journey based on misinformation and the false promise of amnesty,” McCaul said.

He said the economic condition and violence in these countries that have led to the surge of youth trying to cross the border are not new.

“What is new is the series of executive actions by the administration to grant immigration benefits to children outside the purview of the law,” he added.

Republican lawmakers specifically criticized a program created by President Obama in 2012 that defers deportation for many young illegal immigrants. The president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allowed certain undocumented immigrants who have graduated from U.S. schools or served in the U.S. military to be protected from deportation and allowed to work in the country legally.

“This administration should send an unambiguous message that those arriving will be promptly sent home. I, for one, do not want to see another child harmed because we have not clearly articulated the realities on the ground consistent with current law,” McCaul said.

McCaul said the U.S. Border Patrol estimates that next year more than 150,000 unaccompanied children may attempt to cross the border.

“This is a crisis. It’s a crisis that’s been in the making for years,” he said. “One that we should have seen coming. But few concrete actions have been taken. The Department of Homeland Security and the United States government as a whole has been slow to act, turning a blind eye to the warning signs.”

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It would be hard to find a more vivid example of political cynicism than the current “border crisis,” where illegal aliens enter the U.S. almost at will. And yet, there is evidently no interest on the part of our leaders in fixing the problem. It really is stunning: our national sovereignty is being assaulted daily, and the nation is unable to respond. But then, upon further reflection, the answer becomes obvious: both “sides” want the problem to fester, because both “sides” want the issue to campaign on during the next election season. And thus we see the essential nature of our current political system, where national problems and crises are, from the vantage point of the entrenched political class, not really problems at all, but rather opportunities--opportunities to express "outrage," to raise money, to campaign, and to hold on to power. Thus are the beloved people betrayed by both parties and their shabby little leaders, who hold the country hostage to their personal ambition. It’s well past time to throw the incumbents out. All of them.
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Well, if they don't have a #hashtag and a selfie prepared, the DHS really sucks at governance.
3 weeks ago
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What caused this is a traitorous fool of a president announcing he would act without congress to "FIX" immigration.
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Control of immigration on the Southern border has been authorized since 1986. Who or what has prevented it from happening? Usually if you "follow the money" you can find some answers. Who is profiting from the open borders? Legally or illegally. With the huge amounts of money in the drug business who is being paid to enable the status quo? Not only along the border but in Washington DC. As corrupt as our government is this has to be at least a contributing factor.
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A FUNDAMENTAL task like guarding our border is impossible to these morons.....

....and they want to take over our healthcare?....

America.... R.I.P.
3 weeks ago
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They did take over health care. It started with Medicare.
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Many American companies import parts from Mexico. . Beechcraft and Cessna are two examples, but there are hundreds more. They import parts made in Mexico to be assembled in the US. Beechcraft and Cessna's parts are made in Chihuahua. Google for more info.

Mexico allows the traffickers/cartels/coyotes to move freely transporting humans and narcotics up through Mexico. The whys are wherefores are unknown, but huge cash bribes or threats of physical harm to Mexicans running the police, army, and government are the likely suspects. The cartels are now a criminal state within a sovereign state.

If the sovereign state won't or can't stop the criminals, then we need to face facts: Mexico is a criminal/terrorist organization and we need to treat it as such.

The president's message to Mexico ought to be: 1) STOP THE COYOTES OR WE STOP YOUR TRUCKS TO AMERICAN FACTORIES. 2) STOP THE COYOTES OR WE STOP MONEY TRANSFERS BACK TO MEXICO. WE WILL TREAT YOU LIKE A SPONSOR OF CRIME/TERRORISM.

Both these consequences would set up a howl in Mexico. Mexicans would lose jobs making components. They would be outraged - but economic sanctions might be the only way to force the Mexican government and citizenry to stop the narco/human smuggling going on right under their noses. Obama could use his pen and phone to do these things TODAY.

When Mexican lose jobs, this nonsense will stop.

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Many American companies import parts from Mexico. . Beechcraft and Cessna are two examples, but there are hundreds more. They import parts made in Mexico to be assembled in the US. Beechcraft and Cessna's parts are made in Chihuahua. Google for more info.

The US ought to declare, every day central Americans show up at our borders, your trucks will NOT be admitted.

Mexico is aiding the traffickers by allowing human cirridor thourgh Mexico. Mexico, a sovereign nation, is NOT STOPPING the trafficing.

Until Mexico starts acting like a sovereign nation, stops human trafficing, the United States must boycott: torbid Mexican manufactured goods into the US. The deal is : Stop the Coyotes or we stop your trucks.

When Mexican lose jobs, this nonsense will stop.
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If enough voters email, call, write every Congressman and Senator telling them to stop the invasion, enforce our immigration laws, and allow the Press, Local, State, and Congressional authorities to inspect and report on what is happening, or else they will be run out of office, you can be sure they will listen. I've communicated to Congress my outrage at their complicity in this invasion and demanded redress or else, and have gotten dozens of my neighbors and friends and family to do the same. How about the rest of you PJ bloggers do the same. Complaining here is easy but ineffectual. Time to stand up and demand accountability from Congress and then the White House and Cabinet. Enough talking. Time for more. Lots more. Start with yourselves then get everyone you know or meet to do the same.
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If congress would grow a backbone, the question they should ask is "whose homeland is the Department of Homeland Security really securing" it certainly is not ours. Dumping all of these illegal children with a multitude of contagious diseases in cities all over our country sounds like a criminal act to me. Those condoning this should be facing long prison terms.
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people still expecting something good from people w/ no compunction about selling thousands of assault weapons to some of the worst murderers in the history of man, to help fulfill an agenda? amazes me.

I just heard on 'the independents' that we can't seal that dam border. that's bs. i usually agree with the hosts (mostly), but not today. large gov. projects is what I do. we can secure it physically, mechanically, militarily or possibly using lasers from space. who knows all the potential ways there are of closing a border? the u.s.s.r. shut a long one down using a lot less resources than America ever will. guess that's more proof communism works; and, having not really tried yet to safely seal it isn't a legitimate qualification for making judgments about this important issue. however, with this incompetent bunch in office, yes, I would believe the u.s. gov. won't/can't do it.

but Americas can.

suggestion: 2 high fences a good distance apart. motion sensors w/lights, sirens, loud speakers, video cameras and whatever else needed in the middle. process those few who make it over the 2nd fence and 'return to sender'. make it easy to go back south.

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Wow, they sent a letter, to people who are mostly illiterate.
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