Children should not be human shields against immigration enforcement

By Mark Krikorian on June 22, 2018

The Hill, June 22, 2018

The Trump administration seems determined to end the leniency accorded to border infiltrators who bring children with them. This week's executive order "Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation", far from a retreat, actually represents the next step in that effort.

You wouldn't know it from the "concentration camp" hysteria, but the policy of prosecuting all border-jumpers — including those bringing children with them — is a much-needed deterrent. The strategy does not target illegals bringing children; instead, it seeks to remove the special exemption from the law that they have enjoyed. That exemption has meant that 80 percent of parents and kids arriving from Central America who are not detained do not show up for their hearings in immigration court, according toThomas D. Homan, deputy director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


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