The U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee is expected to conduct a formal hearing on Wednesday as part of its probe into the human tsunami of illegal alien children, teenagers and young adults who are illegally entering the state of Texas illegally, according to the committee’s chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.
According to the hearing agenda, the Judiciary Committee members will examine the sudden and unexpected surge of children arriving at Border Patrol stations and entry points along the Texas-Mexico border. The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) claims that the number of illegal alien minors crossing the border without parents will grow from about 6,000 in 2013 to an estimated 142,000 in 2015.
DHS has reported that as of last week they have witnessed upwards of 50,000 minors attempting to cross into the United States and over 40,000 family members this year, Goodlatte’s statement indicates.
“This surge shows no signs of stopping and could potentially get worse if President Obama further dismantles more of our immigration laws in August,” said Congressman Goodlatte in his press statement.
And many local law enforcement
Several members of the Judiciary Committee, including Goodlatte, have blamed the Obama Administration’s policies, such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the current practice of “virtual rubberstamping of credible fear claims at the border,” are a direct cause of the sudden flood of alleged minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Republican, and a few Democratic, lawmakers have said that news stories about the Obama Administration’s policies has spread to Central American media outlets and convinced families that their children may come to the U.S. without fear of being turned away or deported back to their countries of origin such as Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and others.
For example, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez reportedly claimed that people from his country are illegally entering the U.S. because they hope to gain some sort of legal status.
“President Obama’s refusal to enforce our immigration laws has resulted in a crisis of his own making along our southern border. Word has spread around the world about the Obama Administration’s lax immigration enforcement policies and it has encouraged thousands of children, teenagers, and families from Central America to come to the United States illegally,” Rep. Goodlatte said in apress statement.
“[We] are witnessing the disastrous effects of the President’s policies firsthand and will also demand answers from officials at the Department of Homeland Security on how they plan to quell this activity,” added the Judiciary Committee chairman