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Bill Would Treat All Illegal Aliens Kids Like Mexican Kids

From an outraged Associated Press:

Bill would speed removals of Central American kids

By ERICA WERNER | July 14, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Texas lawmakers announced legislation Monday to speed removals of tens of thousands of Central American kids from the U.S.-Mexico border, as Washington searched for a solution to the growing crisis.

The AP doesn’t use the word ‘migrants’ once in this entire article. (Nor did Reuters use ‘migrant’ in the article we posted earlier.) Have they felt a backlash?

The bill by Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat, would allow U.S. Border Patrol agents to turn many of the kids around quickly at the border. Under current law, the youths stay here while awaiting an eventual hearing in the backlogged immigration court system, something that can keep them in this country for years.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who wrote the 2008 provision (which changed the original 2000 law), says there doesn’t even need to be additional legislation. The law says it can be waived in the case of an emergency, which this is.

Of more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors who’ve arrived at the border since October, only 1,254 had been returned home as of the end of June, according to a law enforcement official who spoke anonymously to discuss confidential data…

Does anyone even believe that number?

Meanwhile U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that the first flight returning Central American families back home landed in Honduras Monday with 40 people on board who’d been held in a new detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico…

So if that was the "first flight" how were the 1,254 returned?

The Cornyn-Cuellar bill would amend a 2008 law passed to address victims of sex trafficking. That legislation guaranteed protections to unaccompanied youths arriving here from "noncontiguous" countries — anywhere except Mexico or Canada. The existing law requires such youths to be turned over to the custody of the Health and Human Services Department within 72 hours, and from there they are generally placed with family members or others while awaiting a long-distant court hearing they may never attend.

The Cornyn-Cuellar bill would allow Central American kids to be treated the same as Mexican youths, who can be sent back over the border quickly unless they are able to persuade Border Patrol agents that they have a fear of return, meriting further screening…

Why should Central American kids be treated any differently from Mexican or Canadian kids?

Besides, as we have noted, keeping them here longer just increases the chances of them being turned over to sex traffickers posing as relatives. Which defeats the purpose of the law in the first place.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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