Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says the best way to end the flood of unaccompanied minors from Central America is to block the Obama Administration from expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act, which was imposed unilaterally by the Administration in 2012, and which allows young people who came to the U.S. with their illegal immigrant parents to remain in the United States, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.
"It sent a message to the whole world that, if you come to this country illegally, you will be allowed to stay," Catherine Frazier, Cruz's Press Secretary, told Newsradio 1200 WOAI's Michael Board. "That is what has led to this entire humanitarian crisis."
Cruz' bill forbids any taxpayer funds to be used to expand DACA, which Cruz says has allowed the United States to be complicit in the exploitation of Central American children for profit by Mexican drug cartels. Cruz says he plans to introduce companion legislation next week that will remove the current legal obstacles to humanely and expeditiously reunite these minors with their families back home, and to pay for state governors to use the National Guard to supplement the Border Patrol at federal express, giving Guardsmen arrest authority.
Frazier says far from the 'humane' treatment that Democrats claim allowing the children to continue arriving in the U.S. from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala would be, she says the humane thing would be to strip the drug cartels of their ability to rape, exploit, rob, and even murder young Central American children for profit.
"We have children that are putting themselves in the hands of drug cartels, because of the amnesty that this Administration has promised," she said.
Cruz points out that in 2011, before DACA was issued as a way to placate angry Latino rights groups ahead of the 2012 midterm elections, about 6,000 unaccompanied minors came to the United States, and the vast majority of them were from Mexico and could easily be deported.
He says the flood of minors actually started with the approval of DACA.
In 2012, the number of unaccompanied minors rose to 14,000, and in 2013 it rose to 34,000. That number is expected to rise again to 90,000 this year, and 145,000 next year.
The Deferred Action program, which is sometimes referred to as the DREAM Act, is designed to provide normal status for children who arrived in the U.S. with their immigrant parents before 2007, when they were under the age of 15 and are thought to have had no role in the illegal entry and could not be held legally responsible. The Administration says the fact that it does not apply to children who arrived in this country before 2007 shows that DACA is not responsible for the current crisis.