A recent report from Fox News states that a federal judge in Texas has accused the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “of hand-delivering children smuggled into the United States to their illegal immigrant parents.” The judge, U.S. District Andrew S. Hanen filed the report in court in mid-December, and said that the practice had the effect of aiding both human traffickers and the drug cartels. “These actions are both dangerous and unconscionable,” Judge Hanen wrote in the statement.
The judge’s missive, according to Fox News, built on well-documented evidence that the DHS currently allows some illegal immigrants to stay in the country, “particularly those who came the U.S. as children.” In his statement Judge Hanen outlined that the “conspiracy” goes even further and “claimed that, in more than one case before his court, immigration officials are arresting human traffickers smuggling children into the U.S.,” who are then shuttled off to their parents living illegally elsewhere in the States.
Other national figureheads, including National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council union president Chris Crane, told Fox that, “the judge’s claims are ‘absolutely correct.’” Border agents, Crane said, can’t stay on top of the vast numbers of minorities crossing the border. Because immigration officials are “tasked with finding a place for the children to go,” it’s sometimes easier to send the kids along to their illegal parents in the U.S. rather than send them back to their home country.
According to The New York Times, there are approximately 11.7 million illegal immigrants who are currently living in the United States. An immigration reform law is still on the docket in Washington “that could include a pathway to legal status or citizenship for millions of unauthorized immigrants,” according to the Times.
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