CRUZ INTRODUCES STOP AMNESTY BILL
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday introduced legislation that would defund the Obama ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM that allows some illegal immigrants to remain in the country without fear of deportation.
Cruz is pressing to have the bill linked to the emergency funding that President Obama has requested to deal with the recent surge of Central American children illegally crossing into the United States.
"The only way to stop the border crisis is to stop President Obama’s amnesty," Cruz said in a statement. "If we do not put an end to its expansion — to the promise of amnesty that is the reason so many are coming — then MORE little boys and girls will be trafficked, abused, and even killed."
Cruz’s bill, the text of which was released Thursday afternoon, would PREVENT the federal government from spending money to process any new APPLICATIONS for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which forestalls the threat of deportation for some people who illegally came to the country as children before 2007.
The bill would also restrict the government from authorizing any PERSON to work in the United States who was not "lawfully admitted into the United States."
Cruz has blamed the DACA program for the recent flood of MORE than 57,000 unaccompanied child immigrants apprehended crossing the border this year. The bill refers to the program as being created "unlawfully" by the administration in 2012.
COMPETING HOUSE GOP BILLS WOULD SPEED UP DEPORTATIONS
Two members of the House Republican working group on the border, Rep. John Carter (Texas) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (Va.), have introduced bills to expedite deportations of child migrants crossing the border.
The two measures are separate from the House GOP working group led by Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas). Granger's group, which has not released its formal recommendations to the rest of the Republican Conference, has indicated interest in amending a 2008 human trafficking law that currently subjects child migrants from countries that don't border the U.S. to a lengthier process.
Under current law, unaccompanied children from Mexico or Canada must be screened with 48 hours and sent back to their home countries unless they are human trafficking victims or can claim asylum. Meanwhile, children from noncontiguous countries must go into the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services and appear an at immigration hearing.
Carter's bill would subject all child migrants, regardless of whether they come from contiguous countries or not, to the same process. It would require immigration enforcement officials to investigate the people who take custody of the children and allow the government to keep the children in custody while their claims are being processed.
Meanwhile, Goodlatte's bill, which he introduced jointly with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), would similarly speed child migrant deportations. All unaccompanied immigrant children would be quickly sent back unless they had a "credible fear" of persecution.
The Goodlatte legislation would require the child migrants to APPLY FOR asylum within a year of entry into the U.S. and undergo removal proceedings. It would further give the Border Patrol access to federal lands in the Rio Grande Valley so they can track immigrants' routes.
Additionally, the Goodlatte bill would authorize the Justice Department to add at least 50 new full-time immigration judges for two years.
Both measures would ensure that taxpayer money is not used for the unaccompanied minors' legal expenses.
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