John McCain, Jeff Flake Offer Plan to Deal With Influx of Children at the Border

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Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake.


Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake have announced plans to introduce a bill in an attempt to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America arriving at the border.

Generally, the bill would make it easier to turn around the children and send them home, but the legislation also includes a provision to increase the number of refugee visas for citizens of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.

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According to an explainer from McCain's office, the idea is to expedite the kids' removal, but also expand the visa program to encourage them to file for refugee status in their home country, instead of doing so upon arrival to the U.S.-Mexico border.

The New York Times recently explained why these children aren't immediately put on planes and sent back to their home countries -- a bill signed into law by President George W. Bush that:
" . . . required that they be given an opportunity to appear at an immigration hearing and consult with an advocate, and it recommended that they have access to counsel. It also required that they be turned over to the care of the Department of Health and Human Services, and the agency was directed to place the minor 'in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child' and to explore reuniting those children with family members."
The bill gave extra protections to migrant children not from Canada or Mexico, and McCain and Flake want to remove those protections, according to their statement.

McCain and Flake cite statistics that just 890 of these 55,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America this year have been repatriated.

The senators' explanation of their legislation only provides a summary of the bill, not the actual proposed changes in law. Here's what else they claim the bill would do:
  • Allow for expedited removal of all undocumented immigrants that are stopped at the border attempting to enter the United States illegally, allowing law enforcement to return them to their home countries within a matter of hours or days as opposed to the months or years removal currently takes in most cases.
  • Require mandatory detention or the mandatory use of "alternatives to detention" like ankle monitors to ensure individuals waiting for their court dates actually appear to court.
  • Increase the number of immigration judges to hear cases and create a separate immigration docket to hear the cases of juveniles.
  • Increase the number of refugee visas by 5,000 for each of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.
  • Condition foreign aid on countries' efforts to secure their borders and deter smuggling of children to the United States.
Earlier this week, the Obama Administration asked for $3.7 billion in spending to address the crisis, mostly to expand current programs to handle the influx.

It includes $1.8 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for the placement of the children once they're processed by border authorities and waiting for court proceedings. Another $60-plus million is for various legal costs at the Department of Justice, $1.1 billion for various aspects of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and nearly $400 million for Customs and Border Protection to care for the children before they're transferred to Health and Human Services.

The McCain and Flake plan certainly seems like a response to Obama's.

"The federal government will only stem the flow of unaccompanied minors to the United States when their parents see us sending them right back," Flake said in a statement. "This legislation gives the administration the flexibility it has requested so it can begin to do just that."

Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union and other immigrant-rights groups are suing in a bid to get more legal representation for these minors. They're representing several of these migrant children, most of whom are escaping blatant gang violence, and face deportation without an attorney, according to their lawsuit.

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Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit topcommenter

These two SPONGES Have no Idea whats going on ......anymore than we do . They're two of the most self serving LEECHES in Arizona aside from the smurf King of ALL LEECHES  arpaio.!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

It's funny how Mccain himself voted for the bill in 2008 that he's now blaming Obama for, even though it was GW Bush that signed that bill!

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

If those kids entered with a parent the family must be deported along with all the teenager's and as far as the other's lets see if they can be adopted by family member's living here or they should be housed somewhere in the country until we find foster parents.

AkaTed
AkaTed

Hey for 3.7 billion dollars you can fly the kids back to there country of origin and provide housing,healthcare food. What do I know it took me 8 months for basic healthcare after 15 years in nursing out due chronic ptsd

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I wonder if John McCain and Jeff Flake realize that there are close to 400,000 immigration cases in FY13 and only 243 judges handling these cases?

According to the Huffington Post, immigration judges are setting hearings for 2017.

This is a problem.

One that only the slimeballs in Congress can fix.

I don't see it happening in the near future.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

John McShame = warmongering senile hateful bigot, foreign born in Panama, not a natural born US citizen, known as "songbird" by his NVA captors for his cooperation against US troops.



RobertGraham29
RobertGraham29

But I've got a better plan.  Do you want to hear what it is?

Did you know that illegals are now being allowed to get on airplanes without ID?  It's true!  So I have a solution for that too: let everybody on planes without ID.  In two weeks I am flying to McAllen, TX for two days. I will tell TSA at Sky Harbor that because illegals don't need ID to get on a plane, neither do I.  And I will tell TSA agents at MFE the same thing when I return.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/11/NBPC-Statement-TSA-Allowing-Illegals-to-Fly

I know what you're gonna say... that illegals of course don't have ID so they should be allowed to fly, right?  Well, when it comes to voter ID, according to Obama, millions of Americans don't have ID.  This is why all persons should be allowed to fly without ID.

What about Greyhound?  All illegals can ride Greyhound instead like most are doing anyway.

I love it when I am right!

AkaTed
AkaTed

It boils down to 2008 trafficking Law nothing more nothing less. We fail or own citizens in this country to provide basic healthcare insurance. How are we going to take care of these kids.Kids are being exploited and the bandwagon of politicians are jumping on board for reelection tactic's. Hate to break it to you you can't save everybody.


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Obama doesn't want the 3.7  billion dollars to control the border or to help fix the problem.  He wants it for continuation of his (and George Soros') New World Order.


President Obama’s new border spending request will pay for schooling, health care and lawyers for the unaccompanied illegal immigrant children surging across the border, officials told Congress on Thursday as they pleaded for quick action on the $3.7 billion package.

www.washingtontimes.com/news 

DNichols
DNichols

@ConcernedCitizenAZ 

Very well said.

Mc Cain, and Flake are a disgrace to humanity.

They will waste hundreds of billions of hard earned tax dollars, and tens of thousands of our fallen Heroes lives to "Liberate" Muslems that hate Christians, especially American Christians, but can't see their way clear to helping these desperate American Continent Christian children.

This is both Anti-American, and Very Sickening.


AkaTed
AkaTed

@john043012 I hope to god these kids make it thru this struggle whatever the outcome is. The problem with some foster family's is they abuse the system and profit off of these kids misery.Not provide the care they promised to the state and the children at hand.I have never been against people's bettering there life's I just don't want these kids to see what I have seen in foster care. Spent 9 years getting bounced around from one to another. Some how some way I made it after reading David Pelzer's book and people showing love

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 This is the reason the border must be militarized today not in 5 yrs also boycott Mexico and blow up that train that is transporting them thru Mexico

RobertGraham29
RobertGraham29

@DonkeyHotay It looks like McCain agrees like everybody else does that this insanity is getting out of control. DEPORT!!!!

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay You aught to read up on some stuff about McCain before you make stupid statements ,start with the Hanoi Hilton

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@arizonanewtimes.com


I like your plan, Jaffy. When you get to TSA at Sky Harbor you just look the TSA agent eye to eye, stomp your feet real hard, and say, "I DON'T have do to anything you tell me. I am a  sovereignty and I have appointed myself as President of the United States". Then, just for good measure, take a swing at the TSA agent to show him/her who really is in charge.


That should do it!

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@arizonanewtimes.com Illegal immigrants under the Obama administration are exempt from state laws they also get a pass on any federal laws that interfere with there pursuit to happiness

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@AkaTed 

Sicking isn't it, that its all these sleazeballs can think of to try and get elected. One trick pony's is all they are, and none of them have the authority or the money to fix shit.

>>Kids are being exploited and the bandwagon of politicians are jumping on board for reelection tactic's.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues ... yes of course, the evil plan will soon be complete, and George Soros will rule the WORLD !!



john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@AkaTed Short of housing these kids in military bases and their parents not coming forward to claim them what would you suggest be done with them. They are telling us there are 52 thousand of them most likely thousands more.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Thanks for admitting your relation to Joseph Goebbels Robert.

You do know who Goebbels is, right Robert?

You are nothing more than a slug and a cockroach Robert.

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce

If McCain agrees then it is almost certainly wrong.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@john043012 ... you "ought" to get back to your remedial English classes, you clueless fool.


Hanoi Hilton -- The film portrays fictional characters, not specific American POWs. It earned less than $1 million in its initial theatrical release.


A DVD release of the film had been anticipated for some time in 2008, with the package to include a new interview with former POW and 2008 presidential candidate John McCain. However, the film's release was suspended by Warner Bros. due to McCain being the Republican Party nominee.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@john043012 ... you sound jealous?


Does your pathetic life really suck that much?

AkaTed
AkaTed

@Cozz @AkaTed Just look at all the election's pitches by these fake azz politicians recently for Governor race..You know damn well your not going to put 1,500 troops at the border..If the wanted to shut the border down politicians should have done in 2000 after Sept 11.

AkaTed
AkaTed

@john043012 Foster care system can not handle these kids in the system.Your given 120 dollars a year to clothe kids in foster care and 25 dollars for your birthday.Foster care rely's heavily on donation by the general public. State system is already overwhelmed now only option is to send kids back to country of origin 

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@ConcernedCitizenAZ  Are you drunk ? last week you where blaming Arpaio for the same thing

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay focus in on the Henry Kissinger episode involving McCain. I think its chapter 5 in the book

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

@Donkeyshow Do you any life other than posting shit on the internet, fag?

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay


Looks like we have a two twit pissing match. Not much to see, folks, move along.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@AkaTed 

Yup, nothing but hot air from them, as usual.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@john043012


CCAZ isn't drunk. The elderly elected official of MCSO is part of the movement to bring more private incarceration for profit to AZ. You know that, John. 

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@john043012


Not true, John. No opinion offered. Just a casual observation from a third party perspective. Entertainment. You know about that.


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