Does Obama's immigration policy violate the law?
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/30/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Officials from Homeland Security predict that about 60,000 illegal minors will cross the U.S.-Mexican border this year, and that the number may double in 2015.
Protestors of U.S. immigration and deportation policy sit with banners outside the White House.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - These minors, made up mostly of those under 12, are flooding across the border with their families, braving the dangerous crossing across Mexico and evading border authorities, hoping to connect with family members already here in the U.S.
President Obama has so far seemed powerless to stem the tide of illegal immigrants, since his election in 2008. The Administration has instead adopted a policy of managing the flow of vulnerable and politically sympathetic immigrants.
On May 28, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson brought up the immigration issue before Congress. He discussed a trip to the border of Texas where he saw some of these illegal minors.
"I have been closely following this emerging issue since coming into office, with a particular focus on the Rio Grande Valley," he said in a prepared testimony. "I traveled to McAllen, Texas, to view the situation and saw the children there firsthand-an overwhelming number of whom were under 12-years-old."
The Obama administration has tried to court goodwill with Republicans on the issue of immigration recently, delaying the review of deportation policy until the end of summer, being one example. Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee were still set against working with the president on immigration, attacking Johnson during the hearing.
"The Obama administration has taken unprecedented, and most likely unconstitutional, steps in order to shut down the enforcement of our immigration laws for millions of unlawful and criminal aliens not considered high enough 'priorities," said Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte in his opening statement.
This comment reaffirms the view held by House Republicans that the president cannot be trusted to enforce immigration law. Due to this fracture, it is, "exceedingly difficult for Congress to fix our broken immigration system," said Goodlatte.
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