Scofflaws: Minors Create Major Problems

The Los Angeles Times on March 6 reported that most of the unaccompanied minors from Central America who surged into the country last summer are not appearing in court when ordered to do so for a decision on their deportation. The newspaper cited immigrant defenders and apologists who asserted that the aliens are not appearing because they are not receiving the notices to appear.

This argument ignores that the illegal entrants are not simply turned loose to fend for themselves, but rather are not released until a sponsor – usually a family member – is identified. That is the address where the notice to appear for a deportation hearing is sent. If the location of the alien minor changes, a notice to the government of the new address is legally required.

For that reason, it is likely that the failure of the illegal aliens to appear in court is because the minors and/or their sponsors have chosen to ignore the government’s order in the belief that there is currently no likelihood of enforcement and that eventually the problem will be solved by the administration’s proposed amnesty.

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    The Feds bused these kids all over the country and enrolled them into public schools with no vaccinations to infect American children who have no immunity to Central American diseases. These children are germ pools spreading plagues across the country, all thanks to Obola.

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      That is the truth! There is also a lice, bed bug problem with this type of migration as well as larvae from invasive species picked up on the trek of the illegal entrants aside from contagious diseases. Why did our children die from
      a virus since their entry?

      It is a blatant disregard of the citizenry to expose our children to massive amounts of foreign children or adults.
      We have immigration laws to protect us and they are not being enforced. Send money to their countries instead
      for birth control education.

      Of course, they will not show up, they are here, staying here and eventually will be able to bring parents, aunts, uncles, siblings, extended family for each ONE entrant and most will be on welfare, some taking a job from us, and all
      receive free health care. Eventually free college too while our children are paying student loans & DON”T HAVE A JOB.

      Mandate E-Verify with a new SS card system that only grants a temporary ssn for what is supposed to be temp work. You can request a SSN just to receive a driver’s license, that is how loose SSN system is.
      Stop birthright citizenship and chain migration – it is important that we demand that of our politicians.

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    This is nothing for the federal government. They shipped these UAC all over the country knowing they were creating an administrative nightmare. They had to know most of them would just melt into the illegal alien population. Just ignore it long enough and it will go away. That’s how the Obama administration handles problems.

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    You don’t hear squat when a Mong “oppressed immigrant” decides to go hunting for white hunters and slaughters a bunch.. Wisconsin is so diverse. As a Wisconsin Swede once said… The more diverse it gets diverse it gets….

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    Central American Kids Dumped into America

    Are minors and their excuse to not attend hearings rests solely on their guardians’ shoulders [probably some open border pundit “supposed do-gooders”]. Fine the guardians for not taking a court order seriously, hades, throw ’em in jail. They’d do that to us legal citizens for that type of crime.

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    You think the media is going to tell the truth? This evening NBC News had as lead story the Oklahoma fraternity that was making racist statements. Those meatheads deserve to have their fraternity suspended but the news story turns into yet another diatribe on racist America. Then they go to the shooting in Madison Wisconsin with the usual manufactured outrage when the facts as already known should give one pause. What went unmentioned by NBC was that the guy had a conviction for armed robbery. Naturally his family is claiming that should not even be brought up. Why not? Just because you want to be the ones to shape the dialogue? It’s relevant and so is the fact that he assaulted someone, which is what brought the original 911 call in this instance.

    Just another case where the media is ignoring the facts like they did with the Ferguson case. Almost all the witnesses that were given prominent exposure for months [like on CNN] gave stories that did not fit with the facts of the case to begin with. And the Holder justice dept. which would have loved to nail Darren Wilson, ended up having to clear him completely. Not just say there was insufficient evidence, but that the evidence supported Wilson’s story. But I don’t recall the president taking back his statement that the “anger was understandable” after the grand jury failed to indict Wilson a few months ago and that led to rioting. It’s not understandable when certain people have an outcome in mind and they won’t accept anything else.