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Perry testifies on child immigration crisis

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Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014 4:30 am

MCALLEN — The tens of thousands of Central American children entering the U.S. illegally is both a humanitarian crisis and a national security one, Gov. Rick Perry testified Thursday at a congressional field hearing in South Texas.

More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended since October. Three-fourths of them are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, and say they are fleeing pervasive gang violence and crushing poverty.

Wednesday’s hearing by the House Homeland Security committee in McAllen yielded agreement that there is a humanitarian crisis but disagreement among members about its roots or potential solutions. The discussion frequently reverted to the question of securing the border that has stymied attempts at comprehensive immigration reform in the House.

Perry attributed the waves of young immigrants to a failure to secure the border and recent changes in immigration policy that he said sent a message to Central America that if the children came they would be allowed to stay. He and Republican members of the committee said they should be deported more quickly and the National Guard should be brought in to secure the border.

“Allowing them to remain here will only encourage the next group of individuals to undertake this very, very dangerous and life-threatening journey,” Perry said. “And those who come must be sent back to demonstrate in no uncertain terms that risking your lives on the top of those trains and the ways that they are coming here, it’s not worth it.”

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, said she was prepared to support funding that would provide the resources necessary to help cases move through immigration courts faster, but that quick deportations were not the answer. “A massive deportation policy for children and a mandatory detaining for children is not a humane thing to do.”

On June 18, Perry announced that the state would steer another $1.3 million per week to the Department of Public Safety to assist in border security through at least the end of the year.

He followed that two days later with a letter inviting President Barack Obama to see the crisis firsthand.

The White House had earlier asked Congress for $1.4 billion to help house, feed and transport the unaccompanied children, and on June 2, Obama called it an “urgent humanitarian situation,” putting FEMA in charge of coordinating the response.

The number of immigrant children housed in government shelters had doubled in 2012, nearly doubled in 2013 and is on pace to double again this year.

The administration appears to be responding now in ways demanded by Republicans, minus the additional National Guard troops.

On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that 150 additional Border Patrol agents would be immediately deployed to the Rio Grande Valley. This surge, however, has the unusual characteristic that the waves of mothers and children turn themselves in to the first uniform they see. When smugglers are not worried about evading authorities, but instead just have to get their human cargo onto U.S. soil, it decreases the deterrence value of boots on the ground.

To that end, the administration wants to stop releasing children and families to remove that incentive. On Monday, Obama asked Congress for flexibility to deport children more quickly and $2 billion to hire more immigration judges and open more detention facilities.

Last week, officials announced that barracks at a federal law enforcement training center in New Mexico would be used as temporary detention facilities for women traveling with young children. In recent months, they had made up the bulk of those immigrants released at bus stations with instructions to check in with immigration officials once they reached their destinations.

Rev. Mark Seitz, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, led a fact-finding trip to Central America late last year to investigate why children were leaving. He left with the impression that the gang violence was an even stronger drive than the intense poverty.

“A deterrence strategy including expedited removal of these children places this vulnerable population at even greater risk and will not necessarily stem the child migrant flow,” he testified Thursday.

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3 comments:

  • Roody2 posted at 9:39 am on Fri, Jul 4, 2014.

    Roody2 Posts: 340

    You are watching the Cloward-Pivens Strategy in action.

    The plan is for government to create a crisis that would overload our welfare system so they can necessitate the replacement of the current system for a national system that would guarantee an annual income for everyone and this will "end poverty" once and for all.

    The problem is they will do it using everyone else's money. It's called Socialism.

     
  • hank2729 posted at 7:52 am on Fri, Jul 4, 2014.

    hank2729 Posts: 7

    We need to bring back the "CHAIN GANG", and make all of them clean the roads and highways. They do not belong here, unless they go through the NORMAL routine and get their citizenship. We can not afford to pay our tax money to take care of "ILLEGAL" aliens. What do you think would happen to one of us if the situation was reversed????????. Please understand I am not a bad person nor do I hate children. We have to follow the law, they should need too also. They also need to be fed bread and water while they are in custody.

     
  • Eliza posted at 7:14 am on Fri, Jul 4, 2014.

    Eliza Posts: 896

    @ Last week, officials announced that barracks at a federal law enforcement training center in New Mexico would be used as temporary detention facilities for women traveling with young children. In recent months, they had made up the bulk of those immigrants released at bus stations with instructions to check in with immigration officials once they reached their destinations.

    Rev. Mark Seitz, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, led a fact-finding trip to Central America late last year to investigate why children were leaving. He left with the impression that the gang violence was an even stronger drive than the intense poverty.
    “A deterrence strategy including expedited removal of these children places this vulnerable population at even greater risk and will not necessarily stem the child migrant flow,” he testified Thursday.
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    The American people/Tax Payer, are not responsible for these foreign born children ,Nor the grown Adults male/female. who have come into the country with them. Some even have said ,many of these children could have been what is called Rent a Kid, to add credence to your possibly having a reason why they should have entry into the US.

    The country's of central America need to get their act together and stop trying to place blame for these children's safety on the shoulders f the American Tax Payer.

    If the Bishop of El Paso feels the need to care for children other then he children of America, The Catholic Church is a wealth org. Let them shoulder the expense until they can be removed from America as soon as possible.

    We have shouldered the cost of caring for much & many in the world with our Blood ,Sweat , plus financial aid, through many years.

    It gets old after awhile. A majority of The American people are tired of being made into scapegoats by the politicians, who are more willing to look out for compete strangers ,then the good of the American people.

    We have our own poor too, many of he politicians haven't helped out on that situation but have added to the stress of the American people.

    1st we worry about our own. Any politician that doesn't understand that ,shouldn't be in Washington DC.