On Thursday, August 1, Utah Senator Mike Lee told a U.S. Senate Committee that the current asylum laws allow human traffickers to bring children across the border and sell them as sex slaves. I agree with him. The currents laws encourage illegal immigrant “families” to bring children, many of whom are not related, and use them as a “pass” to gain quick access to the interior of the U.S.
Sen. Lee said, "Children are brought to the border by cartels who know the U.S. government will essentially complete the trafficking route for them at the end of the road by releasing the child into the interior, in some cases to sponsors who claim to be relatives but in fact are only the final link in the trafficking chain. The fates of these children are horrible. What they suffer is grotesque."
These children are used by illegal aliens as a “get-in-free-and-quick” pass because they cannot be separated as “families,” and because the adults and their children can’t be held in detention more than 20 days. The “families” are released and given a court date for an asylum hearing, but over 90% of them are never seen again.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has proposed legislation that would close the “loophole” in the asylum law and discourage the use and abuse of minors to enter the U.S. illegally.
Texas Democrat Congressman Joaquin Castro from San Antonio introduced legislation Tuesday that would remove derogatory terms for immigrants from the federal government’s lexicon. He has introduced the “Correcting Alienating Names in Government Act,” or CHANGE Act, that will eliminate the words “alien” and “illegal alien” from the nation’s governing federal immigration law and other government texts, and replace the terms with “foreign national” and “undocumented foreign national”, respectively.
Castro says. “Words matter. It’s vital that we respect the dignity of immigrants fleeing violence and prosecution in our language. The words ‘alien’ and ‘illegal alien’ work to demonize and dehumanize the migrant community. They should have no place in our government’s description of human beings.”
His brother, Democrat presidential candidate Julian Castro is advocating for the “decriminalization” of illegal immigration altogether which would create an open and uncontrolled border. Julian is also advocating for free health care for illegal aliens.
President Trump announced a delay on the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but this could be a political trap to expose Democrats’ pro-open borders positions during the election season.
On Saturday, June 22, President Trump offered Democrats and some Republicans a chance to address the illegal immigration border crisis. He announced that the planned mass roundup of illegal aliens by ICE was being delayed for two weeks, IN THE HOPE that a bipartisan solution to the border crisis can be reached.
Pres. Trump tweeted, “At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the deportations for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!”
More “reports” are surfacing that claim illegal alien children are being threatened and abused while under Border Patrol custody. The “reports” have led to more demands by Democrats and pro-migrant activists to close detention centers.
According to the reports submitted to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) by clinicians and case managers, illegal alien children kept in unsanitary conditions and suffered verbal abuse and threats. There are also complaints that the minors had been held in Border Patrol custody for longer than the legally-mandated 72-hour limit before they were transferred to ORR care.
However, the liberal media ignores several facts. First, the Border Patrol has never been designed as a “child care agency.” They do not recruit nor train babysitters.
Another child has died as a result of international human trafficking and careless adult aliens who are risking all to enter the country illegally. Sadly, Democrats, leftists, and the liberal news media have politicized the tragedy to blamed President Trump and the U.S. immigration policy.
On Friday, June 14, it was reported that the body of a six-year-old girl from India was found dead from heat stroke in the Arizona desert. According to a medical examiner and the Border Patrol, the child’s mother left her with other migrants to go in search of water.
This fatality is the second of a migrant child in Arizona this year. The death highlights the danger the summer heat can pose to adults and children who are attempting to enter the U.S. illegally through the desert.