Thursday, July 25, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Arizona Grapples With Humanitarian ‘Disaster’ as Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Fend for Themselves
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:58 PM :: 4353 Views :: National News

Arizona Grapples With Humanitarian ‘Disaster’ as Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Fend for Themselves

by Monica Sanchez, Daily Signal, Heritage Foundation, June 10, 2014

Undocumented immigrant children, some as young as 5 years old and traveling with no parent or adult, are being dropped off by the busload in Arizona as the Department of Homeland Security attempts to grapple with what is fast becoming a humanitarian disaster on our southern border.

According to CNN, the federal transport of “unaccompanied alien children,” ages 5 to 17, is part of a larger resettlement process, as Homeland Security and Border Patrol facilities in Texas have become “overwhelmed” by the recent influx of illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico and Central America.

From the bus stops in Tucson and Phoenix, immigrants are instructed to report to the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement office within 15 days of arrival and are then sent to various destinations for holding. Photos and videos continue to surface on social media and news outlets depicting crowded, ill-equipped U.S. holding facilities.

“The situation with the kids is that they came by themselves, they have no relatives here, and the consulates can’t keep up,” a Homeland Security spokesman told CNN. “They’re in limbo. There’s no one (back home) to deport them to.”

>>> The Smallest Victims of Obama’s Immigration Policy

President Obama has called this an “urgent humanitarian situation” and is reportedly setting aside $2 million to hire lawyers for the children.

Critics of the situation call it an “administration-made disaster,” attributing the unprecedented 12-fold spike in underage migrant children to Obama’s controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Rolled out in 2012, the program allowed many illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors to escape deportation for two years. The White House gave them another two-year window last week.

In a letter to President Obama last Tuesday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, called the operation a “a disturbing example of a deliberate failure to enforce border security policies and repair a broken immigration system.” Brewer, who said the federal government never formally informed her administration of the practice, has demanded answers for the “unwarranted policy of dumping.” In the meantime, the state has made efforts to accommodate the incoming children—ordering medical supplies, providing nutritional meals and supplying pillows and bedding until enough mattresses arrive.

“I am disturbed and outraged that President Obama’s administration continues to implement this dangerous and inhumane policy, meanwhile neglecting to answer crucial questions our citizens demand and deserve,” Brewer said.

>>> Advancing the Immigration Nation: Heritage’s Positive Path to Immigration and Border Security Reform

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii