Bipartisan Duo to Introduce Border Bill

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1  Updated at 9:17 pm, July 14th, 2014 By: ABC Digital
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Texans for Henry Cuellar | Office of Sen. John Cornyn(WASHINGTON) — A pair of Texas lawmakers — one Senate Republican and one House Democrat — are introducing legislation Tuesday to make it easier to swiftly send tens of thousands of young migrants back to Central America after they were caught trying to cross the U.S. border illegally.

Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Henry Cuellar briefed reporters Monday night on their measure, known as the HUMANE Act, which would change a 2008 law that provided extra protection to children arriving from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — or any non-contiguous country like Mexico and Canada.

The bill effectively calls for all unaccompanied minors to be treated the same as those from other countries — with speedy immigration hearings held within a week — rather than drawn-out proceedings in the backlogged immigration system where the children often slip through the cracks and stay in the United States illegally.

“We would treat all the unaccompanied minors the same — whether they are from Central America, Mexico or Canada,” Cornyn said.

The legislation allows young migrants to make a case before an immigration judge within seven days. The bill calls for 40 new immigration judges.

The proposal is being met with strong opposition from immigrant-rights groups and most Democratic lawmakers, who say the United States has a moral responsibility to step into the humanitarian crisis at the border and help those who are escaping violence at home.

Cornyn said he and other Republicans cannot support President Obama’s $3.7 billion request to address the border crisis without significant reforms to the law.

The bill could be considered as soon as next week in the Republican-controlled House, but is expected to face significant hurdles in the Democratic-controlled Senate. So far, no Democratic Senator has signed onto the Cornyn-Cuellar proposal.


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  • John

    Read the
    article below by Michelle Malkin(July 9,2014) to solve the immigration crisis.

    One real
    solution: “Repeal the statutory provisions that provide for judicial
    review by the Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court,” the lawyer told
    me. “It is clearly permissible for the Congress to do this under the
    Constitution. This would eliminate the biggest ‘bottleneck’ in the
    removal/deportation process. It would also reduce greatly the overburden
    dockets of our federal appellate courts.”

    http://cnsnews.com/commentary/michelle-malkin/obamas-immigration-lawyers-enrichment-act

    The
    legal tricks for evading the flimsy immigration dragnet are well known among
    the immigrant population, as I first reported 12 years ago in a Center for
    Immigration Studies report on the deportation abyss. “Even if an alien is
    removable,” an EOIR bureaucrat testified back then, “he or she may
    file an application for relief from removal, such as asylum, voluntary
    departure, suspension of deportation, cancellation of removal, adjustment of
    status, registry or a waiver of inadmissibility.”

    Today’s
    young illegal border surgers have a plethora of litigation bites at the apple
    that will keep them in our country in perpetuity. As one of countless
    immigration law firms now advises, “There a several forms of relief that
    an unaccompanied child may apply for in immigration court.” Voluntary
    departure is the de facto “catch and release” option that entrusts
    illegals to deport themselves. Then there’s the scam-riddled asylum application
    process, which is significantly loosened for minors. Next alternative: the
    special juvenile immigrant visa which offers lawful permanent resident status
    to unaccompanied illegal alien children.

    Another
    route: The fraud-friendly U visa. It’s a program for illegal alien victims of
    trafficking or domestic violence that was supposed to grant temporary legal
    status if the beneficiaries assisted law enforcement, but has morphed into an
    ever-expanding path to residency, work authorization and citizenship for virtually
    anyone who applies.

    An
    attorney who worked as a law clerk in the Fifth Circuit shared his firsthand
    experience with me several years ago. Nothing has changed. “It was amazing
    the number of petitions for review of BIA decisions we handled,” he said.
    “You are absolutely correct that immigration lawyers use the current
    system of endless appeals to make illegals essentially undeportable. (It amazes
    me that illegal aliens, unlike American citizens, get TWO appeals as of right
    — one to the BIA and then another to the Circuit Court of Appeals.)”

    One real
    solution: “Repeal the statutory provisions that provide for judicial
    review by the Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court,” the lawyer told
    me. “It is clearly permissible for the Congress to do this under the Constitution.
    This would eliminate the biggest ‘bottleneck’ in the removal/deportation
    process. It would also reduce greatly the overburden dockets of our federal
    appellate courts.”

    Another
    solution: As I first proposed 12 years ago in my book “Invasion,” it’s
    long past time to abolish the EOIR and BIA and transfer their functions to
    existing law enforcement officers within the immigration bureaucracy.

    Expedient
    promises by both parties to “secure the border” are worthless unless
    America shuts down the litigation boondoggle that rewards foreign law-breakers,
    their saboteur lawyers and their amnesty advocates.