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June 20, 2014 - 4:37 pm

“So as folks know, we have been dealing with a surge of unaccompanied children,” began White House Domestic Policy Council director Cecilia Munoz on a call with reporters today.

Munoz said “an extraordinary interagency effort to deal with an urgent humanitarian situation” is underway under the guidance of the Department of Homeland Security.

The administration is blaming “misinformation that is being deliberately planted by criminal organizations, by smuggling networks, about what people can expect if they come to the United States” for the influx of Central Americans.

“That is misinformation that is being promulgated and put forward in a very deliberate way,” said Munoz.

Deputy DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the department is “surging resources to increase our capacity to detain individuals and adults with children, and to handle immigration court hearings.”

“This will allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement — or ICE — to return unlawful migrants from Central America who are ordered removed to their home countries more quickly,” Mayorkas said. “…With very few exceptions, all individuals apprehended, including adults with children, are placed in removal proceedings.”

“…But let me make one very important point, and that is that our detention and notice-to-appear decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, and of course, our detention decisions are predicated on an assessment of our prioritization, including at the very top our national security and public safety concerns.”

As of June 15, approximately 52,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended in 12 months along the Southwest border, Mayorkas said.

By the end of May, about 39,000 adults with children crossing illegally had been apprehended in the preceding 12 months.

“The question before us is how can we make the process more efficient, given the surge in the number of individuals who are being apprehended, and how best can we address those individuals in terms of their humanitarian claims of relief, as well as the removal for those who are not claiming credible fear,” Mayorkas said. “…It is something that comes within our appropriate jurisdiction and responsibility between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice.”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) sent President Obama a letter asking that he urgently deploy National Guard along the southern border.

“The policies of your administration have directly resulted in the belief by these immigrants that once they reach U.S. soil, they will be able to stay here indefinitely,” Boehner wrote. “There are several steps that we call on you and your administration to take immediately to enforce our laws, stem the tide of migrants, protect the victims, and ensure that these individuals are dealt with in a humane manner that is consistent with American ideals of compassion and family unity. The safety of these migrant children is a matter of paramount importance.”

Mayorkas said they needed to review Boehner’s letter “right away to understand how they envision the role of the National Guard.”

The White House said Vice President Joe Biden called President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras “to discuss a regional strategy to address the influx of unaccompanied children coming from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“The Vice President previewed his meeting in Guatemala with the Presidents of Guatemala and El Salvador, as well as representatives from the governments of Mexico and Honduras to discuss the urgent humanitarian issue. He asked President Hernández to work in close cooperation with other regional leaders to develop concrete proposals to address the root causes of unlawful migration from Central America,” said the readout of the call.

“The Vice President also reiterated that arriving migrants will not qualify for legalization under proposed immigration reform legislation or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA).”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"Administration blaming "misinformation that is being deliberately planted by criminal organizations" for wave."
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That 'criminal organization' would be the current administration.

22 weeks ago
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This is looking like one of the biggest scandals of this administration -- and that's saying something. That solicitation is advance notice of a plan by the government to promote violation of U.S. law on a massive scale.

Whether it will be taken seriously with all the other stuff that's going on, who knows, but this is truly big time and I can hardly see Obama getting away with "Oh shucks, I heard about that on the news tonight and I am SO mad!"
22 weeks ago
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Okay, let's give the Obama administration the benefit of the doubt.

Let's assume they are telling the truth and criminal organizations are behind this.

So criminal organizations are calling the shots and America can only react.

What made these crime syndicates think they could pull this off?

a weak leader?
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Maybe it was a "video" made by some crank which somehow caused 250,000 children to come and be thrown into refugee camps in America. OK MEDIA WHERE ARE YOU? WHERE ARE YOU? I bet this debacle has Valerie Jarrett's fingerprints all over it. How many times has LA RAZA visited the white house to talk about this? I just wonder with this president and his sleezy mafia handlers that NOTHING is for no reason. S happens is not true it is orchestrated and managed complete with a media campaign to provide the necessary cover up. This stinks but so what else is new with these sleeze balls. Democrats you are responsible for humanitarian crisis and you deserve to have your a kicked and spend 20 years in jail for electing this incompetent and un-american president. He deserves to be impeached for the 90th time for this outrage against "the children."
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I see where the deportations have begun, plane loads of undocumented children are being flown to Kalifornia.
22 weeks ago
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"he leads by this week's headlines."

So his leadership is worth less than that of someone's leadership which was based on promethean or epimethean thought.

So how did politicians on the local, state and federal level who played Santa Claus run us into generational budget deficits?

You puny is pithy. It's truth scares me.
22 weeks ago
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Fundamental transformation.
22 weeks ago
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"Administration blaming "misinformation that is being deliberately planted by criminal organizations" for wave."
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That 'criminal organization' would be the current administration.

22 weeks ago
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The information is not correct?
22 weeks ago
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The WH speaks of the referral to removal proceedings as if that has any significance or meaning. The media has correctly reported what happens: they're referred, they're let go, with rare exception, they never show up and are in the US indefinitely. Where's the confusion here?
22 weeks ago
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That was my thought: referral to removal proceedings is not, you know, removal.
How awful are those delightful Third World free range socialist paradise countries, that the parents think sending teens and younger children to the US is better than keeping them in their home countries?
21 weeks ago
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What BS. Back in January the feds were looking to contract out what they called "Escort Services" for an influx of up to 65,000 illegal alien children. Weasel Zippers has reported on this here: http://weaselzippers.us/190573-government-advertised-in-january-for-escorts-for-65000-illegal-alien-children-to-be-resettled/. How did the feds know back in January that this was going to come to pass? How did they know tens of thousands illegal kids would be flooding our borders, when it has never happened in such numbers before? There are reports that there are advisements airing in Central American countries that the US gov't will not deport illegals under a certain age and the border is open. It would seem that some in the US gov't knew well in advance of this invasion that this would be happening. Link to US General Admin agency where bid proposal is posted: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=c6d7c0050b912fbc917a46d6709d38bd&tab=core&tabmode=list&=s=opportunity&mode=form&id=c6d7c0050b912fbc917a46d6709d38bd&tab=core&tabmode=list&;;
22 weeks ago
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This is looking like one of the biggest scandals of this administration -- and that's saying something. That solicitation is advance notice of a plan by the government to promote violation of U.S. law on a massive scale.

Whether it will be taken seriously with all the other stuff that's going on, who knows, but this is truly big time and I can hardly see Obama getting away with "Oh shucks, I heard about that on the news tonight and I am SO mad!"
22 weeks ago
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And just how many of those "unaccompanied" children will be deported in the next month, year, ever? Anyone? Anyone? Buehler? Buehler? Yeah, that's what I thought. Approximately none of them will actually be put on a plane and sent back.
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"Influx of Border Crossers Referred to Removal Proceedings with ‘Very Few Exceptions’"

And this influences the number who will be in the U.S. a year from now ... how?
22 weeks ago
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After a national soccer game south of the border ended, the stadium emptied and the TV crew asked 60,000 people where are you going now?

"To drop off the kids at The Nanny", which is Spanish for America.


"Dream" kids only come with parents who can be Democratic voters. The guppies that come with no voters in their border crashing group get thrown back in the small fish catch and release program. On a case by case basis, of course, if circumstances crop up where illegal adults can be snuck in for the Democrats.

Red Diaper Changers want immigration "reform", with no immigration. Just a turn style at the border and a voter registration card dispenser.

If ever there was a sign that immigration "reform" is a bad idea, a football stadium's worth of baby border crashers is it.

22 weeks ago
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Bad for idea for who? If you're running a s3x business this will be great for your line of merchandise and both those enterprising gentlemen and the drug dealers will reduce their labor costs.
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