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July 23, 2014 - 8:27 am

A working group appointed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to study the border crisis has arrived at its slate of recommendations.

Boehner named Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) to lead the group on June 24, and she said last week that the group was making “extraordinary progress in a short amount of time to understand the facts of the situation at the border, and develop sensible, humane, but tough recommendations on a course of action for Congress and the president to act on immediately.”

Granger along with Reps. John Carter (R-Texas), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) visited the Texas-Mexico border twice and flew to Central America to meet with the presidents of Honduras and Guatemala.

Their recommendations are:

·         Deploy the National Guard to the Southern border to assist Border Patrol in the humanitarian care and needs of the unaccompanied minors. This will free up the Border Patrol to focus on their primary mission.

·         Prohibit the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) from denying or restricting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) activities on federal land under their respective jurisdictions.

·         Require a DHS strategy and implementation plan to gain operational control of the Southwest border.

·         Establish independent third party commission to develop border security metrics as a means to accurately gauge progress on border security.

·         Establish border security in Central American countries and Mexico.

·         Establish repatriation centers in originating countries in order to facilitate the return of family units and unaccompanied minors.

·         Deploy aggressive messaging campaigns in originating countries and the U.S. to dispel immigration myths, clarify that individuals will be deported on arrival and advise on the dangers and legal penalties of traveling through Mexico to enter the United States illegally.

·         Mandate the detention of all Family Units apprehended at the border with the ultimate goal of processing family units 5-7 days. Congress must continue stringent oversight to ensure this mandate is being met.

·         Amend the Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2008 so all unaccompanied minors are treated the same as Mexicans and Canadians for the purpose of removals. This would require unaccompanied children who do not wish to be voluntarily returned to their home country to remain in HHS custody while they await an expedited immigration court hearing that must occur not more than 7 days after they are screened by child welfare officials.

·         Deploy additional judge teams and temporary judges to expedite the hearing of asylum and credible fear claims. Congress must address the occurrences of fraud in our asylum system. Baseless claims crowd the immigration court system and delay processing for those with legitimate claims. The standard under current law that allows an alien to show a “credible fear of persecution” needs to be examined and addressed to ensure a fraud-free system moving forward.  In addition, criminal aliens and criminal gang members should not receive asylum.

·         Establish tough penalties for those engaged in human smuggling, including the smuggling of unaccompanied minors by strengthening penalties for human smugglers and those who assist them.

·         Increase law enforcement operations domestically and in originating countries to disrupt and dismantle transnational criminal organizations and encourage originating countries to pass strict laws against human smuggling.

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) said he expected the House to “take up these recommendations so that we can quickly send them to the Senate for a vote and to the president for implementation.”

“I expect that whatever proposal we pass will remain fiscally responsible and not add to our deficit,” Salmon added.

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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· Require a DHS strategy and implementation plan to gain operational control of the Southwest border.

(Hollow laughter)



· Mandate the detention of all Family Units apprehended at the border with the ultimate goal of processing family units 5-7 days.

What does "process" mean? Direct them to federal aid and give them an appointment to show up again in 3,872 days?



· Amend the Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2008 so all unaccompanied minors are treated the same as Mexicans and Canadians for the purpose of removals. This would require unaccompanied children who do not wish to be voluntarily returned to their home country to remain in HHS custody while they await an expedited immigration court hearing that must occur not more than 7 days after they are screened by child welfare officials.

Now that might actually have an effect.




· Establish tough penalties for those engaged in human smuggling, including the smuggling of unaccompanied minors by strengthening penalties for human smugglers and those who assist them.

You mean we don't already do this!? (shaking my head)
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If this issue were not a matter of urgent national security in the short term and national survival in the long, these would be a joke. We are flat busted broke and drowning in debt, and stretched beyond thin in our border patrol ranks, and these jerks want to continue to infantilize the world by doing for others what they damn well need to figure out how to do for themselves. Central America’s borders and repatriation facilities are not our problem!

My list would be much shorter.

1. Close America’s border until further notice and immediately turn back anybody who presents there.

2. Enforce that border closure with the presence of both the National Guard, and as Russ Vaughn proposed at AT not long ago, complete the militarization of our borders by continuously rotating training exercises of active military units along its entirety: http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/07/militarize_our_border_oreilly_heres_your_plan.html.

3) Immediately begin deporting this latest crop of “children,” systematically moving on to the entire 11 million illegals estimated to be burrowed in here, if there are any left after we announce a 30-day window before we

4) ) Remove all noncitizens from every form of public assistance/welfare/health care/food stamps, etc., and begin arresting anyone who employs them.

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