POSTED: Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 4:41pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 10:14am
HARLINGEN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — The Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector continues to see an influx in the number of Central and South American children coming to the US seeking amnesty. The crisis has become so unstable that government officials in Washington have made their way to the Valley to get an inside look at the situation and offer their advice to keep it under control:
"The children that we now have our being housed in facilities that were not designed for taking care of children," said Judicial House Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte. "So, the first thing that needs to be done is we need to make sure we're stopping more of them from getting to that point."
Since 2011, the Department of Homeland Security has seen more than 50,000 minors and 40,000 family members crossing into the US. That represents an almost 1400 percent increase in the last three years.
Goodlatte says that President Obama needs to more aggressively enforce the immigration laws of the United States, otherwise then country will continue to send out a very particular message to people in Central America.
"The message is that if you come to the United States, this government is going to let you in, and you're going to be able to stay there forever," said Goodlatte. "That's not how our immigration laws are intended to work. They are malfunctioning and the president needs to step up and fix that."
"It did start with the president not enforcing the law and telling people he was going to do it," said U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R - Calif.) "So any further effort by the president to say he's not going to enforce the other immigration laws ,could only make it worse."
Goodlatte and Issa say not only is this a burden on the United States, but the journey for these children to get here is unsafe.
"Smugglers are paid by their parents who often times are already illegally in the United States, to take them on an extraordinarily dangerous journey," said Goodlatte. "Some of them are killed, some of them are maimed, some of them are diverted into sex trafficking."
"Now, it's bringing dreamers in, if you will, anew at great risks to them and their family, and it's also having a tremendous impact on these communities and ones around the country," said Issa.