Tuesday, July 15, 2014

GOP Rep.: Some Teens At Border Look Like A "Threat" To U.S.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security committee, acknowledged that the plight of young undocumented immigrants at the Southwest border was "sad"–but he also stated, "I also saw some 17-year-olds that I thought looked more like a threat to coming into the United States." According to what criteria is McCaul able to assess, at a glance, that some Central American teens look like a threat to national security? Actually, many of the children themselves are under threat from horrific gang violence in their own country, causing them to flee. That makes no difference to McCaul, who wants to ship most of them back:

"It’s very heart-wrenching as a father to see that — mothers with their babies," McCaul said on "Fox News Sunday." "I also saw some 17-year-olds that I thought looked more like a threat to coming into the United States."

The congressman showed little sympathy for young migrants crossing the border. While he said that some may qualify to stay in the U.S., that most needed to be sent away as a "message of deterrence."

He called for immigration policy changes, including tweaking the 2008 anti-trafficking law to make it easier to quickly deport immigrant children from Central America.

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