Feds prepare for another 'surge' of illegal kids at border

The administration's immigration czar is warning of another "surge" of illegal alien children at the border and the government is taking steps to make sure their arrival goes smoothly.

Washington Examiner:

Leon Rodriguez, the new director of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, said that the federal government is already working to “prepare for another potential surge” across the border.

Part of that preparation includes a new focus on asylum requests and clearing the backlog of 400,000 claims.

Noting this year’s historic wave of immigrants across the Mexico-U.S. border, Rodriguez said, “In order to process individuals more efficiently at the border, the unaccompanied children presenting claims, we have had to redeploy, we’re also hiring more asylum officers.” He added, “We do have a lot of work to catch up.”

In introducing Rodriguez at the 11th annual immigration law and policy conference hosted by Georgetown Law School, Donald Kerwin, executive director for the Center for Migration Studies, put the year-long surge of undocumented youths at 130,000.

Rodriguez did not provide any details about the president’s pending plan, but said his agency was getting ready to enforce it.

He said that it would not be anything similar to the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration plan. “There is no substitute for actual comprehensive immigration reform,” he told the crowded conference, also sponsored by the Migration Policy Institute and Catholic League Immigration Network Inc.

Rodriguez, the son of immigrants, indicated a sympathy with those who believe immigrants help America.

“Immigrants are good for America,” he said, highlighting professionals as well as welders and agriculture workers.

He also said that young illegal immigrants should be given a chance in America. Rodriguez noted that many young illegals are “willing to break their backs” at U.S. jobs and represent a potential "to energize” the economy.

“We have to approach immigration in a way that gives individuals like this a chance,” he declared.

I absolutely agree that immigrants who enter the country legally should be given a chance. Those who enter illegally...not so much. And that's the problem The open borders crowd never differentiates between legal and illegal immigrants. To them, even if someone pushes a legal immigrant out of the way to come to the US illegally, them's the breaks. The legal immigrant who stands in line, does everything asked of them, waits up to 5 years to come here - is slapped in the face and a mockery made of abiding by the law.

Another "surge" of children at the border is simply repeating what went on over the summer; dispersing the illegals across the country, losing track of them when they refuse to appear before a judge as they are required to do by law, and eventually supporting them with taxpayer benefits. Why bother to clear the caseload of 400,000 asylum seekers when you're just going to make them legal anyway?

It's a farce and it has to stop.

The administration's immigration czar is warning of another "surge" of illegal alien children at the border and the government is taking steps to make sure their arrival goes smoothly.

Washington Examiner:

Leon Rodriguez, the new director of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, said that the federal government is already working to “prepare for another potential surge” across the border.

Part of that preparation includes a new focus on asylum requests and clearing the backlog of 400,000 claims.

Noting this year’s historic wave of immigrants across the Mexico-U.S. border, Rodriguez said, “In order to process individuals more efficiently at the border, the unaccompanied children presenting claims, we have had to redeploy, we’re also hiring more asylum officers.” He added, “We do have a lot of work to catch up.”

In introducing Rodriguez at the 11th annual immigration law and policy conference hosted by Georgetown Law School, Donald Kerwin, executive director for the Center for Migration Studies, put the year-long surge of undocumented youths at 130,000.

Rodriguez did not provide any details about the president’s pending plan, but said his agency was getting ready to enforce it.

He said that it would not be anything similar to the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration plan. “There is no substitute for actual comprehensive immigration reform,” he told the crowded conference, also sponsored by the Migration Policy Institute and Catholic League Immigration Network Inc.

Rodriguez, the son of immigrants, indicated a sympathy with those who believe immigrants help America.

“Immigrants are good for America,” he said, highlighting professionals as well as welders and agriculture workers.

He also said that young illegal immigrants should be given a chance in America. Rodriguez noted that many young illegals are “willing to break their backs” at U.S. jobs and represent a potential "to energize” the economy.

“We have to approach immigration in a way that gives individuals like this a chance,” he declared.

I absolutely agree that immigrants who enter the country legally should be given a chance. Those who enter illegally...not so much. And that's the problem The open borders crowd never differentiates between legal and illegal immigrants. To them, even if someone pushes a legal immigrant out of the way to come to the US illegally, them's the breaks. The legal immigrant who stands in line, does everything asked of them, waits up to 5 years to come here - is slapped in the face and a mockery made of abiding by the law.

Another "surge" of children at the border is simply repeating what went on over the summer; dispersing the illegals across the country, losing track of them when they refuse to appear before a judge as they are required to do by law, and eventually supporting them with taxpayer benefits. Why bother to clear the caseload of 400,000 asylum seekers when you're just going to make them legal anyway?

It's a farce and it has to stop.