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House GOP prepares response to border crisis

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From page A10 | July 16, 2014 |

WASHINGTON — House Republicans announced Tuesday they will recommend dispatching the National Guard to South Texas and speeding Central American youths back home as their response to the immigration crisis that’s engulfing the border and testing Washington’s ability to respond.

The recommendations, to come from a working group established by House Speaker John Boehner, will set up a clash with leading Democrats who oppose changing U.S. law to eliminate automatic immigration hearings for Central American kids and return them more quickly to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, where some areas are overrun by brutal gangs.

With Democrats and the White House under growing pressure from immigration advocates to hold firm against the GOP approach, a solution for the growing crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children showing up at the U.S.-Mexico border is looking increasingly elusive with three weeks left before Congress leaves Washington for an annual August recess.

“It’s a critical situation and if we don’t deal with it urgently but well, done right, we’re facing a crisis of just huge proportions,” said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., who traveled to Honduras and Guatemala over the weekend with members of the House GOP working group including its leader, Rep. Kay Granger of Texas. “Time is of the essence.”

Granger, Diaz-Balart and others said their proposals would include sending the National Guard to help overwhelmed Border Patrol agents, increasing immigration judges, adding assistance to Central American nations and changing a 2008 trafficking victims law that guarantees hearings for Central American youths. The law has the practical result of letting the young people stay in the country for years as their cases move through the badly backlogged immigration courts.

At the same time Republicans are working to significantly pare down President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the border, hoping to act quickly on a smaller spending bill along with the package of policy changes. The recommendations were to be formally released later in the week, but lawmakers discussed their broad outlines Tuesday.

In response, Democrats and immigration advocates called for quick action on a “clean” spending bill without controversial policy changes attached. The White House urged speed, but did not insist that Congress act only on the spending bill.

“There’s already been ample opportunity for Congress to take action, and we want to encourage them to move forward with some sense of urgency,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., declared that: “With this money, we can take care of the problem.”

Republicans made clear that was out of the question.

“What I will not do is vote for a blank check for the president for something that will not solve the problem,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who has written a bill along with fellow Texan Rep. Henry Cuellar, a moderate Democrat, to make some of the same changes the House working group is proposing.

Granger said the average immigration case takes a year-and-a-half to five years to go through the court process, even as more than 57,000 unaccompanied children have arrived at the border since October. “That’s just not acceptable so we’ve got to change that,” she said.

With Republicans refusing to support a border spending bill without major policy changes attached, and Democrats refusing to support one with them, any final outcome was unclear with November midterm elections around the corner.

Meanwhile the children keep coming, with 90,000 expected by the end of the fiscal year. They flee violence, but also are drawn by rumors that once here, they can stay.

Proposed changes to the 2008 trafficking victims law have emerged as a major point of contention.

The House GOP proposal would allow youths from Central America and other countries to be treated the same under the law as Mexican children, who can be turned around quickly by Border Patrol agents unless they’re able to make the case that they have a fear of return and require further screening.

Immigration advocates and some Democrats contend that the Border Patrol screenings are cursory and inadequate and that the young people will be returned to gang violence and worse.

“A shotgun proceeding in which people are railroaded through a quick process for kids who have no idea what’s going on is not how America does refugee protection, is not how America treats its kids,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, an advocacy group.

Obama administration officials have indicated support for changing the 2008 law, but the White House has not proposed a specific fix amid complaints from advocacy groups, and its position about what it would accept is unclear.

Meanwhile opposition among Democrats to any changes in the law appears to have hardened after earlier signals from Democratic leaders that they could support changes as the price for GOP support for Obama’s emergency spending bill.

Reid, who last week left the door open to changing the law, said Tuesday: “My personal belief is that the law that has created some of the controversy now, there’s enough, there’s leeway there that the executive branch of government doesn’t need new legislation.”

It all comes at the same moment that Obama declared legislative efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration system dead in Congress, and announced plans to act on his own authority to make changes where he can.

 

The Associated Press

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  • P.J.July 16, 2014 - 9:05 am

    The 'coyotes' are getting rich taking the little bit of money these families have with promises that their children will have great lives in the United States. Why isn't anyone going after them? Wow! We built a fence all along the entire border and they're just coming through the gates in ElPaso. This is just saying..."hey, you're here! Welcome to America"! I feel very sorry for these kids who have got to be suffering from the separation from their families no matter how terrible the conditions. There is no end to this in sight! The kids just keep coming and coming!!!!

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  • Rick WoodJuly 16, 2014 - 9:21 am

    I hear you! Whoever is behind transporting these children need to be caught and prosecuted. Mexico needs to be held accountable for not stopping the flow too. But as far as taking the children in once they get to the border, assuming the Mexicans aren't going to do the job of caring for them, that's just part of our burden of being the most attractive country on Earth. We're also rich enough to take care of them until they can be placed somewhere that our laws allow or sent home. That is, if congress can stop playing politics and appropriate the money. This problem will be solved permanently in time, but for right now, we need to respond to the emergency in a way that doesn't injure any of the children. Sorry for those who feel differently.

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  • Rick WoodJuly 16, 2014 - 9:23 am

    Maybe we need to forget our government and call for UN assistance!

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  • People being played.....July 16, 2014 - 12:58 pm

    I hope we can get the National Guard down there quick. It would be nice to get some of the militia groups down there as well. Now the feds are going to open up a $50 million dollar facitily for illegals. US citizens, how do you feel about your tax dollars being used this way? Doesn't the treatment of illegals just want to give up your citizenship to get better treatment than you get now? If your African-American, Obama has just dumped you for someone else. The last thing we need is the UN in here--after all, they want to classify illegals as refugees, so they would have to stay here indefinitely. So sad what America has become.

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  • patrickJuly 16, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    just watching the news and obama's press secretary along with harry reid announced the border is secure. 2:24 pm. Isn't that comforting.

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  • rlw895July 16, 2014 - 3:57 pm

    Pbp: So nice of you to tell African Americans how they should feel.

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  • rlw895July 16, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    Pbp: Please elaborate on how you are treated worse than these children.

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  • Rick WoodJuly 16, 2014 - 4:03 pm

    I was being facetious about asking for UN assistance. What I'd really like to see is US charity in action; the Red Cross, Salvation Army, et al. My checkbook is ready.

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 16, 2014 - 4:36 pm

    Yes, rlw. I join you in encouraging the Salvation Army and Red Cross to use their resources to charter buses and planes to return these unfortunate illegals asap.

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  • CD BrooksJuly 16, 2014 - 4:48 pm

    Gentlemen, I concur there is no pleasant way to get this done but it must be and quickly. Head 'em up and move 'em out!

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 16, 2014 - 5:33 pm

    That's right, CD. This is not about saving these folks from violence in their homelands. Since when hasn't there been violence in Central America? This is about a major invasion by illegal aliens who are convinced, and with good reason, that once here they can stay here. I think we allow about 700,000 LEGAL immigrants per year into the US as it is. STOP THE MADNESS! Bite the bullet and turn the illegal invasion around, now. I want my grandchildren to have at least some good memories of life in the United States. That ain't gonna happen, the way things are going.

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  • Mr. PracticalJuly 16, 2014 - 7:18 pm

    Yep, this problem requires tough love.

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  • Rick WoodJuly 16, 2014 - 8:51 pm

    Mr.P: Where's the love?

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  • Rick WoodJuly 16, 2014 - 8:50 pm

    No, Mr.S, someone else will have to pay for the transport, preferably the country of origin. I'm only interested in paying for their care while waiting for disposition.

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  • Mr. SmithJuly 16, 2014 - 9:25 pm

    Rick: I don't think anyone would argue with that, regardless of the source of funding. After all, this crisis is our own inattentive administration's fault.

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  • Rick WoodJuly 16, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    So where is American charity if the government isn't doing the job?

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  • Rick WoodJuly 17, 2014 - 5:23 am

    Mr.S: You think no one would object to that? Au contrere. Many people object to bringing these children into their communities, where the shelters may exist, as we've already witnessed. It's ugly.

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