DHS Denies Responsibility for Surge of Minors at the Border

14403835283_d9e6438bde_oLast Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson denied that his department’s lax enforcement policies are the cause of a surge in illegal alien minors across the southern border. These comments and the debate over the cause of this mass influx of illegal aliens into the U.S. quickly became the focus of what was originally scheduled to be an oversight hearing of the Department of Homeland Security.

The number of illegal alien minors coming to the U.S. from Central America has grown exponentially since the President announced his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). That program essentially gives illegal aliens who qualify for the DREAM Act a two-year deferral of deportation and work authorization. Although Obama Administration officials have acknowledged the number of unaccompanied minors has increased roughly ten-fold since 2011 — the year before DACA began — to an estimated 60,000 for FY2014, a recently leaked internal DHS memo revealed that the number could reach an astounding 90,000 by the end of the year. (See FAIR Legislative Update, June 11, 2014)

Nevertheless, Secretary Johnson used his testimony before the Senate to argue that Central American violence, and not the Obama Administration’s lax enforcement policies, is the cause for the surge in unaccompanied minors illegally crossing our Southern border. “The situation is motivated primarily by the conditions in the countries that they’re leaving — El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala,” Johnson testified…

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    The next push will be to unite the children who are here with their parents…HERE! It’s a no brainer. The president pushes to give children who are brought here illegally to be given amnesty. You can’t break up families so the parents are also allowed to stay. Those in South America hear about this and aren’t stupid. They only did it backwards. Send the children, the children are allowed to stay the only humane thing to do is to allow them to be reunited with their parents and in the end both will be able to stay. The invasion is complete and our wonderful president will be so happy to hear it.

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    Darn right, this influx is because of DACA and non-existent enforcement of our border. Violence in Central America now is no worse than it was a few years ago.

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    HeyJudeOregon on

    The surge of illegal immigrants is because of Obama talking Amnesty! This President needs to be deported a long with all of the other illegal immigrants. Our country needs to secure those borders and ************* if they come across and they will stop coming. Home Land security is a big joke! Build that fence that we were promised! I love my old America and hate my government!

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