Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Perry on increasing # of unaccompanied minors crossing border

Perry says deport them or they'll just keep coming

Rick Perry explained the relatively new situation in which thousands of minors are crossing from Mexico without any adult guardians.  Reportedly, some of these minors are now being housed on Lackland AFB in the Alamo City.

From The Dallas Morning News

WASHINGTON - Gov. Rick Perry blamed President Barack Obama for a recent increase in the number of undocumented minors who are entering the country on their own in a letter to the White House on Friday.
By not deporting more of the unaccompanied children, the administration is "perpetuating" the reasons they come, Perry wrote.

"Inaction encourages other minors to place themselves in extremely dangerous situations," Perry wrote. "Every child allowed to remain encourages hundreds more to attempt the journey. Our country can no longer provide the temptation for these unaccompanied minors to engage in this tragic and illegal migration."

Although illegal immigration has decreased sharply in recent years, the number of unaccompanied minors being detained at the border has spiked this year, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Government agencies and nonprofit groups that shelter undocumented children while they await immigration proceedings have been overwhelmed in recent months. Recently, DHS took the extraordinary step of using a Defense Department outpost, Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, to host some of the children.

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