Barack Obama, Deporter in Chief, Wants to Speed Up Deportation of Immigrant Kids, Threatens Executive Action
President Barack Obama, whose administration has already deported more than 2 million people since he took office, wants to send back children coming to the U.S. from Central America as soon as earthly possible.
Today, the White House made public a letter to Congressional leaders seeing additional funds to deal with the thousands of unaccompanied kids from Central America, who are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, fleeing out-of-control violence in their home countries.
White House Photo Gallery What, you escaped violence in Central America? Well, you've gotta go back, buddy.
The letter does not mention an actual amount, but several media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, have reported that the administration will seek "$2 billion in emergency funding" for what the president has referred to as a "humanitarian crisis."
Obama's letter also calls for giving U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, "additional authority to exercise discretion in processing the return and removal of unaccompanied minor children from non-contiguous countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador."
In a recent interview with ABC News, Obama referred to a law signed by President George W. Bush, which mandates that unaccompanied minors from countries other than Mexico or Canada be turned over to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services within 72 hours of detention.
The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 states that HHS must then place "an unaccompanied alien child...in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child."
HHS also must ensure "safe and secure placements" for these children, either with a "suitable family member" or in foster care, while the child's case is winding its way through immigration court.
Obama kvetched about this to ABC's George Stephanopoulos.
"We have to house these kids and take care of them until the machinery, under current law, allows us to send them back," he said.
Hey, thank goodness for George W., right?