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house Bill H.R. 1149

Should the Deportation Process be the Same for all Unaccompanied Immigrant Children?

Argument in favor

It doesn't make sense to have two different processes for unaccompanied minors coming from border countries and any other place in the world. By not deporting them as soon as we find them, we'll only encourage more and more unaccompanied children to make the long and dangerous trek into the U.S.

Veterans's Opinion
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03/27/2015
We must secure our borders, protect OUR COUNTRY, Secure AMERICAN JOBS for our children and other Americans ! Big U.S. Businesses have and are constantly opening factories and stores in other countries, these are opportunities for immigrants !
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03/27/2015
Children arriving here without adult guardians is the same as human trafficking. It has got to stop and make their parents or guardians responsible for their plight. Give'em due process, of course, but make it quick.
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Roland s's Opinion
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04/01/2015
We can't support unlimited numbers of "unaccompanied children". They are used by their parents as a back door way to get into the US. As porous as our borders are and as weak and inept as our enforcement is, we do need to control things somehow.
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Argument opposed

14 days is not enough time to determine if an unaccompanied immigrant child has "legitimate" reason to fear for their safety if they’re forced to return to their country of origin. We don’t subject adults who appear at our border with humanitarian claims to such rushed investigation, why would we put children through that?

Art's Opinion
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03/31/2015
Young children need to be safe and taken care of and put in the care of a responsible adult before being sent back.
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Mensah's Opinion
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03/28/2015
The US would have failed its own ideals. We are a safe haven for refugees who made it here.
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Charity4hope's Opinion
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03/28/2015
We should take care of all children illegal or otherwise. They are precious gifts.
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    We must secure our borders, protect OUR COUNTRY, Secure AMERICAN JOBS for our children and other Americans ! Big U.S. Businesses have and are constantly opening factories and stores in other countries, these are opportunities for immigrants !
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    Young children need to be safe and taken care of and put in the care of a responsible adult before being sent back.
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    Children arriving here without adult guardians is the same as human trafficking. It has got to stop and make their parents or guardians responsible for their plight. Give'em due process, of course, but make it quick.
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    We can't support unlimited numbers of "unaccompanied children". They are used by their parents as a back door way to get into the US. As porous as our borders are and as weak and inept as our enforcement is, we do need to control things somehow.
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    The US would have failed its own ideals. We are a safe haven for refugees who made it here.
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    Yes, simply to be fair to all.
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    we have a very large problem with our own homeless FAMILIES in this country and we are treating illeagles better then we are treating our own,WAKE-UP Washington,Time to take care of our own depressed people first.
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    It is past time to put an end to this abuse of our kindness.
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    This bill calls for equal treatment of all unaccompanied children, regardless of which country they are fleeing from. That's not the issue that needs to be debated here; it's the whole process for children and adults alike.
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    Child safety should trump immigration opinion. Sending a child to a near certain harm is a human rights violation
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    Children belong with their families and coming in here illegally is still wrong. Even if they are being sent in. No charges should be held against them for the very fact they are children but they need to go back to their family and country of origin.
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    Treat everyone the same. Doing otherwise creates loopholes that are obviously already being exploited.
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    UAM Placements Approach 2014 Crisis Levels According to recently released Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) data, the Obama administration placed 4,097 unaccompanied alien minors (UAMs) with adult sponsors in the United States during the month of May, having already eclipsed the total for the entire previous fiscal year. (See HHS Unaccompanied Children Statistics; MRC TV, May 31, 2016) The 33,347 UAMs released into the country since the current fiscal year began is also on track to top FY 2014 record levels, which saw an unprecedented 53,515 UAMs placed with sponsors. (Id.) http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/programs/ucs/state-by-state-uc-placed-sponsors http://www.mrctv.org/blog/admin-releases-more-illegal-alien-kids-last-6-mos-entire-fy2015 Once UAMs are apprehended at the border, they are screened, processed, and detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). (See FAIR UAC Fact Sheet) http://www.fairus.org/DocServer/activism/UAC_Fact_Sheet_9-2014_FAIR.pdf Within 72 hours, they must be turned over to HHS and placed into a temporary immigration shelter. From there, HHS attempts to place the UAM with an adult sponsor — who is likely in the country unlawfully — to care for them temporarily, pending the resolution of their case in immigration court. (See FAIR Legislative Update, Apr. 26, 2016) http://www.fairus.org/legislative-updates/legislative-update-4-26-2016#1 Federal law requires HHS to ensure that UAMs are protected from trafficking and other forms of abuse. However, a Senate investigation revealed that HHS's policies and procedures are inadequate to protect the UAMs that are in the agency's care, as a number of UAMs were placed in the hands of human traffickers who forced them into slave labor conditions. (See FAIR Legislative Update, Feb. 2, 2016; Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Staff Report, Jan. 28, 2016) http://www.fairus.org/legislative-updates/legislative-update-2-2-2016#2 http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/download/majority-and-minority-staff-report_-protecting-unaccompanied-alien-children-from-trafficking-and-other-abuses-the-role-of-the-office-of-refugee-resettlement Additionally, the investigation found that many UAMs fail to appear in immigration court and effectively disappear into the country, as HHS cedes all power and responsibility over the UAM once they are transferred to the care of a sponsor. Fortunately, true immigration reformer Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) have introduced legislation to address the placement of UAMs with adult sponsors. S. 2561, the Protection of Children Act of 2016, requires HHS to collect background information to prevent the release of UAMs to illegal aliens already in the country. (See FAIR Summary of S. 2561) https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/s2561/BILLS-114s2561is.pdf http://www.fairus.org/DocServer/GR/Summary_of_S_2561_Feb-2016.pdf The bill also closes a loophole in the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008 that prevents Central American UAMs from being promptly returned to their home countries. This loophole, combined with President Obama's refusal to enforce our immigration laws, continues to exacerbate the UAM surge that began in 2014. The Sessions-Johnson bill is the companion to the House version, H.R. 1149, which was authored by Rep. John Carter (R-TX) and passed out of the House Judiciary Committee last year. (See FAIR Summary of H.R. 1149; House Judiciary Markup of H.R. 1149) http://www.fairus.org/DocServer/GR/Summary_of_HR_%201149_Feb-2016.pdf http://judiciary.house.gov/index.cfm/hearings?ContentRecord_id=22BC1D93-53AF-4E6C-BD71-ABE13F93053E FAIR supports H.R. 1149 and S. 2561.
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    We should take care of all children illegal or otherwise. They are precious gifts.
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    The other option is flatly inhumane and not in line with the fundamental principles of our country.
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    This is embarrassing that America is a place where we'd send children packing when they've struggled and risked their lives to arrive in the U.S. Shame on us.
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    Yes we can not help everyone
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    Here illegally is the same if you are 25 or 5. Deport all their freeloading asses.
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    Actually deport
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    Illegal is illegal.
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