I just started paying attention. Can you repeat that?
The head of the union representing thousands of federal immigration officers backed a federal judge’s claim that the Department of Homeland Security is delivering children smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border to their illegal immigrant parents.
“This is exactly what’s happening,” Chris Crane, head of the National ICE Council, told FoxNews.com.
Crane was reacting to a blistering court order from U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen, which detailed the alleged policy. The Texas judge said the “dangerous” practice is effectively aiding human traffickers and particularly the drug cartels, which run many of these operations.
I’m sorry, I have a hard time comprehending this. Could you break it down for me?
The judge noted that the children in question were all accompanied by the person smuggling them over the border, and did have a parent in the U.S.
“There is nothing in this Act that directs and authorizes the DHS to turn a blind eye to criminal conduct,” he wrote, adding the 2002 law “provides no excuse” for the practice.
Crane claimed that immigration officers are in fact shepherding children who cross the border illegally and delivering them to parents in the U.S., at least in some cases.
“That’s what we do now, we babysit kids,” he said.
He concurred with Hanen in arguing that, despite the humanitarian interest in connecting children with their parents in the U.S., the government could be putting more children in danger by inadvertently encouraging smuggling.
“The very people patting themselves on the back as humanitarians are putting these children at more risk than they’ve ever been before,” he said.
[T]he “conspiracy” started when an illegal immigrant in Virginia hired smugglers to get her daughter from El Salvador to Virginia. She paid $6,000 in advance. But after the smuggling operation was interrupted by federal agents, he wrote, “the DHS delivered the child to her.”
Further, he wrote, this was the fourth case he’d seen in as many weeks along these lines. In one case, he claimed, the U.S. government “flew a child to multiple locations” in the U.S. at the expense of U.S. taxpayers.
So we have illegal aliens living here, you know, illegally, and instead of returning them whence they came (or at least out of here), we fly their kids in, or rely on Mexican cartels to smuggle them across the Rio Grandee.
The Department of Homeland Security claimed in a statement to Fox News that it was following the law, and that its officers are committed to the “safe, fair and humane treatment” of minors.
Is there anything true in that statement?
What’s “safe, fair and humane” about the Sinaloa cartel?
Mexican authorities say this week’s gun battle at the Gulf of California resort of Puerto Penasco started inside a luxury beach condo complex and involved two government helicopter gunships that opened fire during the confrontation.
Mexico’s federal police say that two government Blackhawk helicopters opened fire on at least 10 vehicles as they tried to flee with top Sinaloa drug cartel lieutenant Gonzalo Inzunza. The vehicles were hit by gunfire in the Wednesday battle.
Inzunza apparently owned or rented a beachside villa at the complex, which officials did not name.
Federal police said late Thursday that an analysis of blood stains found in the vehicles show that Inzunza was among those killed or wounded, though his body hasn’t been found.
Do these kids sound like they were safe?
Five high school students waiting for a bus were killed Wednesday when a pickup truck being chased by Mexican army forces careened out of control and plowed into them in the violent northern border city of Reynosa, authorities said.
The pickup’s occupants, thought to be likely drug cartel henchmen, escaped, authorities said. The youths ranged in age from 13 to 15. A woman and a 5-year-old girl, waiting in cars nearby, were injured.
Obama and the Left try to portray “immigration” “reform” as a humanitarian issue. Explain to me how this is anything close.