There have been as many as 80,000 children, many traveling with human traffickers but without their parents, are expected to cross the southern U.S. border illegally in 2014 and doing so with the Obama administrations blessing.
Federal Judge Andrew S. Hanen called out the Obama administration in December for ‘aiding and abetting felonies’, and stated that the The Department of Homeland Security, ‘has simply chosen not to enforce the United States’ border security laws’.
Republicans are enjoying the ruling, and saying ‘we-told-you-so,’ seizing on Hanen’s ruling to claim that the Obama administration is encouraging a flood of illegal immigration, especially among children
Buses carrying children have been pouring into a border patrol facility in Nogales, Arizona, with authorities rushing to staff and supply makeshift holding facilities for all the minors who turn up in border sweeps. Why doesn’t the border patrol return the children to Mexico rather than house and feed them at tax payer expense?
Hanen wrote in the case of a 10-year-old Salvadoran girl smuggled in the the United States that the Department of Homeland security is essentially ‘delivering the minors to the custody of the parent illegally living in the United States’ – even when Border Patrol agents arrest the ‘coyotes’ who sneak them in.
‘These actions are both dangerous and unconscionable,’ Hanen wrote.
‘The DHS has simply chosen not to enforce the United States’ border security laws.’
Here’s a thought, why not exchange them for Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who was arrested March 31 after mistakenly crossing the border from California into Mexico with three registered guns in his pickup truck, said he is now in a safer prison, which he even described as “peaceful.” The Marine, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, said he is better able to cope with his post-traumatic stress disorder in the state-run prison in Tecate, but made it clear he wants to come home.
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