July 11, 2014
July 11, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, July 11, 2014, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) joined Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) and Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) in introducing a bill, H.R. 5079, that will allow for the expedited repatriation of unaccompanied children to their home country, including minors from countries that do not share a direct border with the United States.
“The President’s unilateral actions have sent a misleading message that resulted in tens of thousands of children making a perilous journey to our country with the belief they would be allowed to stay. The best resolution to this humanitarian crisis is the safe return of these children to their families and country of origin. By promptly returning them home to their loved ones it sends a clear message that will discourage other children from making this dangerous trip.”
Current immigration law, under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, allows expedited repatriation of unaccompanied minors to countries that border the United States. Under our legislation, the executive branch is permitted to enter into agreements with any country to address the repatriation of unaccompanied minors in the current crisis and any future immigration crises that may arise.
In fiscal year 2014 the number of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. illegally is expected to reach 60,000, an increase of over 815% from just three years ago, with an additional increase of 60,000 to 90,000 expected to illegally enter next year.