Obama Administration to Parents of Undocumented Kids: No "Permisos"
The Obama Administration sent out a warning in Spanish-language news media over the weekend that undocumented children entering the country would receive no "permisos."
Image: Pool photo by Ross Franklin/AP Undocumented children in government lockup watch a World Cup game on TV.
In the open letter to parents in other countries, Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, describes the horrors that some unaccompanied minors risk while traveling, and cautions that the children will be placed in deportation proceedings.
Nine thousand children, mostly from Honduras, arrived in May alone, Johnson writes, bringing the total this year to 47,000. Whatever awful things they may be fleeing, including gang violence, trying to smuggle themselves into the United States "is not the solution."
Johnson makes direct reference to rumors that the Obama Administration had spurred the wave of undocumented children by issuing an executive order that allows qualified undocumented young people to legally live and work in the United States.
"The U.S. Government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also called 'DACA,' does not apply to a child who crosses the U.S. border illegally today, tomorrow or yesterday," says Johnson. "To be eligible for DACA, a child must have been in the United States prior to June 15, 2007 - seven years ago."
Johnson writes that he's "looked into the faces" of some of the children and witnessed their vulnerability.
"The long journey is not only dangerous; there are no "permisos," "permits," or free passes at the end," he writes.
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