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June 14, 2014 - 6:11 am

Thank you, President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, for reforming our immigration laws all by yourself. But we can take it from here.

Hernandez  believes that the US should treat the tidal wave of illegal children from his country who are crossing the border into the US “with the utmost care from the humanitarian perspective,” but don’t bother sending them back here because they have a “complete right” to find their illegal alien parents.

We’d be happy to treat the children in a sensitive and humane way. How much is Honduras planning to pay for their care and upkeep?

Just kidding, of course. We should probably just deduct a suitable amount from any aid we give them and apply it toward caring for the children. And the idea we would treat those children in any other way but humanely is an insult to the American people and government.

But “humane” treatment does not include facilitating their law breaking. And if their parents come to claim them, all the better. Then the reunited family can all be returned to Honduras, where I’m sure President Hernandez  will welcome them with open arms.

Frankly, I don’t understand this, except in the context that the illegal kids are better off making a 2,000 mile journey by themselves through cartel country, and bandit country, while dodging the Mexican authorities, and then crossing the border where they are just as apt to die in the desert as they are to be reunited with their illegal parents.

A real humanitarian, that guy Hernandez.

Fusion reports:

The unprecedented rise in Honduran children fleeing to the U.S. is due to misinformation about American immigration laws and drug violence, the president of Honduras told Fusion on Friday.

“They might think they can gain legal status through this,” said President Juan Orlando Hernandez. “But on the other hand, this is a kind of displacement, because of the cartel wars and the Maras [gangs] in Central America.”

Speaking after an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., Hernandez implored the American government to do more to combat drug trafficking in Honduras, saying that “for us, it’s an issue of life and death.”

The number of young migrants crossing into the U.S. illegally has risen exponentially in recent years. In particular, more children are crossing without a parent or guardian.

President Obama has called the influx of children an “urgent humanitarian situation” and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been tasked with coordinating federal efforts to house and care for minors in federal custody.

Still, the administration has stressed that children who enter the country illegally will be subject to immigration law and, potentially, deportation.

Mark Greenberg, the acting assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS), which eventually takes custody of children apprehended at the border, explained the process at a press briefing on Thursday.

“Our duty is to get the child to a sponsor,” he said. “While they are with the sponsor, they are still fully subject to removal proceedings. And the sponsors have an obligation to cooperate with getting children to the proceedings, to cooperate in the removal process and to report to DHS and to the Justice Department if there’s a change in address.”

The administration has been unclear about what happens when undocumented parents living in the U.S. attempt to claim children who have been apprehended by federal authorities.

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Thursday that HHS is, “required under the law to act pursuant to the best interest of the child.”

Well, that seals it. Those kids and their parents are here to stay. Just when has this administration ever done what was “required under the law” as it pertains to immigration? And surely in this case, that requirement will be to reunite the kids with their parents while looking the other way at their legal status.

I am all for doing whatever is possible to treat these children with compassion and humanity. But allowing them to stay here will only open the floodgates wider. If we return these tens of thousands of kids to where they came from, word is bound to get around to even the most backward hovel in Central America that the “misinformation” about kids getting to stay in America legally will be debunked.

And the president of Honduras can take responsibility for repatriating his own citizens who were “misinformed” in the first place.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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The children do have a right to be with their parents.

Send them all back to their home countries. Together.
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I suppose what the argument here really is would be that children have a human right to get out of a shithole like Honduras.
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If false information about these kids opening a gateway for their parents to come or stay in the US has been widely publicized for years, why has the US not corrected this info on all the media in Honduras (and the US)?
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The descendants of the conquistadors sending their unwanted north.
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The proper response is: Yes. In Honduras.
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They want "humane treatment"? Put nice, thick padding on the kiddy-pault.
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They have a right to be REUNITED with the parents? That ABANDONED THEM IN A HARSH, HARSH, WORLD in an even HARSHER part of the world. All alone and defenseless, to FEND FOR THEMSELVES. What horribly despicable parents they are. If I were one of their children the only reason I would want to HUNT DOWN my sorry parents who DID THAT to me, would be to exact revenge for their hideous abandonment of me.........
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The children do have a right to be with their parents.

Send them all back to their home countries. Together.
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From what I've gathered, their parents aren't here.
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Idiotas todos. The media has been flashing this all over the news in CA for three years now. You lile: the parents are shipping them here. The parents are NOT in the US. The parents are hoping we give them citizenship so then the parents can then apply.

Not a single one of those kids belongs to a parent here in the US. There are many news interviews with parents dropping them at the border. In some cases, the mother came with them.

You, Pres Hernandez, will foot the bill for their care and safe return and YOU, along with Obama, will bear the guilt of all the children that died along the way.

You, Pres, Hernandez, claim its the drug war so you won;t have to pay for anything. No, it is your elitist liberal corrupt gov and two class rule that is driving people out since they have no hopes.

Yes, the children should be with their parents, the parents that are in Honduras.
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Who is paying to get these kids up here? I wonder if the Honduran government is doing so, using some of the money we give it.
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Take care of your own country and your kids. I'm tired of listening to you blowhards act like when I see your country for the failure it is I'm a racist while you're always bellowing come help us. Equal is as equal does, so be equal and good luck.
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As of 2011, we were helping them to the tune of about $620 million a year.
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They have every right to be with their criminal parents -- either back in their home countries or prison.
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