[guest post by Dana]
President Obama stated in a phone conversation yesterday with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto that illegal aliens currently pouring across the border will not be able to remain in the US, and that includes the children.
He also clarified that those crossing into the U.S. illegally won’t qualify for legalized status or deferred deportation, including children.
Further, the two discussed a strategy of how to deal with so many unaccompanied minors coming across our border.
There are now close to 50,000 unaccompanied minors in US detention centers. Their impending deportations raises several questions: Will there be family members to receive them? Will their home countries accept them back? And exactly how will this mass deportation take place? The administration has not yet offered any particulars.
In the meantime, House Speaker John Boehner has requested that President Obama send the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border in order to relieve the U.S. Border Patrol as it deals with the enormous influx of children and families.
Our country is facing a national security and humanitarian crisis along our southern border.
The policies of your administration have directly resulted in the belief by these immigrants that once they reach U.S. soil, they will be able to stay here indefinitely.
There are several steps that we call on you and your administration to take immediately to enforce our laws, stem the tide of migrants, protect the victims, and ensure that these individuals are dealt with in a humane manner that is consistent with American ideals of compassion and family unity.
Boehner said in addition to deploying the National Guard, the administration should arrange for “apprehended migrants” to be “promptly returned” to their home countries; and he wants additional personnel sent to assist in their removal.
“The safety of these migrant children is a matter of paramount importance,” Boehner said. “It is our duty and obligation to enforce the laws of our country while protecting the most vulnerable and ensuring they are healthy and well protected.”
Boehner said the Homeland Security Department “must find a way to ensure that apprehended adults and their family members do in fact appear for their deportation hearings.”
This week, in hopes of stemming the flood of illegal minors crossing the border,Vice President Joe Biden was dispatched to Central America to warn the region of the dangers faced by children on such a trip and announcing that families will now be detained at the border instead of releasing them on their own recognizance.
Guatemalan Foreign Minister Fernando Carrera told The Associated Press that his country would ask Biden for temporary work permits and a grant of “temporary protected status” for Guatemalan migrants. That status prevents migrants from being detained or deported due to the dangers of returning to their country.
The Obama administration has repeatedly rejected granting Central Americans such a blanket status, despite levels of homicide, extortion, rape and gang recruitment that have risen to epidemic levels in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador in recent years.
No comment yet from administration officials regarding the decision made by Texas lawmakers this week to proceed with a border surge.
UPDATE: The Washington Times is now reporting that, in a blow to the administration, the residents of Lawrenceville, Virginia have successfully rebuffed attempts by HHS to convince the town to house 500 older youths at a recently closed college in their town. Over 1,000 residents voiced their opposition at a town hall meeting.
(This comes on the heels of Baltimore’s Democratic mayor and two Democratic senators objecting to plans to house some of the new arrivals of children at an empty office complex in Baltimore.)
According to the report from Lawrenceville:
HHS officials struggled to persuade a crowd of angry residents that the bringing the children to Lawrenceville would create jobs, boost the economy and provide a desperately needed humanitarian service.
The community remained unpersuaded.