Obama plans to ask Congress for the authority to expedite the deportation process, a request that is already drawing fire from immigrant rights groups. Should Congress not agree with Obama’s request, he is prepared to act alone.
Obama announced that he is asking Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to redirect federal law enforcement efforts on immigration from interior enforcement to the Southwest border.
The illegal, immigrant children are crossing the Southwest border by the hundres because their families know they will be able to remain with relatives in the U.S. for years before facing a deportation hearing. Many, if not most, will not appear for their hearing and will remain in the USA in an ‘illegal’ status indefinitely.
More than 50 percent of the unaccompanied children who cross the U.S. border say they have parents or other relatives living in the United States, said Marc Rosenblum, deputy director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank.
Under a U.S. law passed in 2008, those children must be placed with family members or with foster families while waiting for deportation hearings that can take two or three years to occur, Rosenblum said. He called the recent influx of Central American children “an unintended consequence” of that law, AZ Central reported.