Department of Homeland Security says deportations begin this week
POSTED: Monday, July 14, 2014 - 10:41am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 11:35am
Deportations begin this week. The Department of Homeland Security says illegal arrivals to the Untied States are mostly going back. Andrew Spencer reports efforts to address the wider immigration crisis, though, may have run into political gridlock.
The process of repatriation starts for hundreds of people at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in New Mexico.
The families here are being sent home, as the Obama administration tries to send a message, Jeh Johnson, Secretary, Dept. of Homeland Security, "At the end of the day, our border is not open to illegal migration."
But it has been the influx of unaccompanied children, 57,000 of them over the last nine months, that has highlighted this crisis, Sen. John McCain, (R) Arizona, "The best way to do that is for planeloads of these young people to be returning to their country of origin and their families. As soon as they see their money is not effective in getting their kids to this country, it will stop and not before."
Both Democrats and Republicans have acknowledged it as a humanitarian crisis: The conditions these kids are feeling, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, (D) Maryland, "Organized crime, despicable gangs, vile human traffickers."
And the dangers of the long trek to the United States. The president's request for the $3.7 billion dollars in emergency funds to deal with the influx has stalled in the Republican led House.
President Obama, "House Republicans won't even call the bill. They won't even take a vote on a bill."
Some Republicans have called for a change to a 2008 immigration law, which they say will slow the flow of unaccompanied minors migrating to the United States.
Sen. John McCain, "The president wants 3.7-billion. If this keeps up, he'll ask for another 3.7-billion, next year. It's got to come to a halt."