DHS on Border Crisis: We Will ‘Act in Best Interest of the Child’

Kristin Tate, Breitbart, June 12, 2014

Thousands of minors who entered the country illegally are flooding the U.S.-Mexico border and overwhelming federal resources. During a press conference on Thursday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson implied that many of the foreign children will remain in the U.S. {snip}

Johnson said that 24,000 unaccompanied children crossed the border last year–by May, 2014, that number had already doubled to 47,000.

“The law requires that we act in the best interest in the child,” Johnson said. “When we turn over a child to HHS, HHS acts in the best interest of the child which very often means reuniting that child with the parent in the United States. That’s what the law requires. ”


The Obama Administration is providing the influx of illegal immigrants with shelter, transportation, meals, education, and even legal counsel. Many are concerned that providing such resources will encourage more foreign nationals to enter the U.S. illegally.

Still, Johnson insisted that he is not “encouraging illegal immigration in any way, shape, or form.” He believes that the dangerous nature of the trek north from Central America will deter more illegal immigrants from entering the U.S.


Johnson said that the federal government has launched a “public affairs campaign on radio, print, and television to talk about dangers of going across the border.”


Breitbart Texas contributing editor and border security expert Sylvia Longmire said, “DHS Secretary Johnson clearly understands that the illegal immigration surge is at crisis proportions, and cited how the number of apprehended unaccompanied alien children (UACs) has been doubling every year since 2011. However, he still maintains that DHS simply underestimated the pending surge and doesn’t believe that DHS is creating an incentive for Central Americans to send their children to the United States.”

She continued, “The phrase repeated most frequently during the Q&A portion of the briefing was ‘the best interest of the child,’ and based on the questions from seemingly frustrated reporters, there was considerable ambiguity demonstrated by U.S. officials with regards to whether that meant keeping the child here in the U.S. with relatives, or deporting them back to their likely poor and dangerous home countries . . . Johnson did hint at the fact that the DHS plan for dealing with this surge is still tenuous at best, saying, ‘If there are options, we want to hear about them.’ But the responses to pointed questions about reuniting UACs with family members in the US and how that would impact deportations were met with vague and unsatisfying answers.”

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  • MekongDelta69

    Still, Johnson insisted that he is not ‘encouraging illegal immigration in any way, shape, or form.’

    And I’m NOT posting on AmRen right now.

    Really. You don’t see this post. It’s a magic trick…

  • Alexandra1973

    Send the whole family back where they came from. That’s in everyone’s best interest.

    Preaching to the choir here.

  • WR_the_realist

    The parents of those children are illegal immigrants. Return the children to their parents and then deport all of them.

    This last step is never accomplished.

  • r j p

    President Ohomo says: “Sheriff Joe Arpaio, we Re-Pay-O”.

  • John Smith

    The DHS wants to act in the best interest of the ILLEGAL ALIEN children, huh?

    I would like the DHS to act in the best interest of legal, American born whites who are paying their taxes and minding their own business. End the harassment, questions, car searches at these illegal checkpoints.

  • JohnEngelman

    “The law requires that we act in the best interest in the child,” Johnson said.

    – Kristin Tate, Breitbart, June 12, 2014

    What about the law that says they should not be crossing over here in the first place?

  • Adolf Verloc

    You could turn off the flood in a matter of days by discreetly providing a few pictures of dead presidents to Mexican officials along their Central American border and telling them to crack down as vigorously on illegals en route to the US as they do on illegals trying to stay in Mexicon.

  • AutomaticSlim

    If the number on Wikipedia are correct, there are over 140 thousand US troops in First World countries in Europe and East Asia. Plus another 45+ thousand in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Why we can afford to have troops being killed in Afghanistan,or drinking beer and partying in Germany, but not defending our southern border from this mestizo invasion is beyond me.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Thousands of minors who entered the country illegally are flooding the U.S.-Mexico border and overwhelming federal resources.


    Send the brown parasites home! We aren’t morally obligated to look after the world’s poor, sick, young and jobless. This is why they have national governments. We should stop allowing these third world countries to dump their problems in our backyard without serious repercussions. If they don’t want them, then they should encourage their citizenry to practice family planning. It’s really that simple.

  • Anglo

    America is dying by degrees. How much longer before we really bite the dust?

  • John K

    This means that they will act against the best interests of the white American.

    • mikebowen55

      Do they ever act in a way other than that?

  • LHathaway

    There could be a time when it wont be ‘in the bests interests of the child’ for it to be kept in the USA. When that time comes, they will blame it on backwards conservatives who are still ‘preventing hope and change’. They certainly blame everything on them now. Everything mostly caused by an increase in ‘diversity’?

  • Fathers Initiative

    This reminds me of the Men’s Movement. For years, Family-Courts always decided to give full custody to the mother while forcing huge ‘support’ payments from the father. And it was all deemed “in the best interest of the children”.

    • Alexandra1973

      Of course, if the father is the one that left, I think he deserves to cough up the child support.

      To be fair, if the mother is the one that left, same goes for her…she should be footing the bill.

      • Fathers Initiative

        Nothing could be further from the truth. You know, as well as I; that Courts totally favor women. If you’re a man who’s experiencing a divorce/ or break-up; he’s in a position where Big Government decides the fate of his future. You can’t say there’s no bias in favor of women. The system is designed to redistribute wealth. Also, where’s your evidence that “Men walk out of the marriage”? These type of simplifications allow women to control Family Courts. Also, there are PLENTY of Fathers who’d be happy to get custody without expecting Child Support.
        MOST IMPORTANTLY; the whole system is designed to lower the births of white people. Should I explain how this works, or not? It’s really pretty simple.

  • Greg Thomas

    In other words, mommy and daddie(s) will soon be on their way to the good ole USA, to be “reunited” with their illegal invading spawn.

  • mobilebay

    Why would we want to reunite children with parents who committed child abuse by sending their offspring to a foreign country alone or possibly transported by drug cartel members? the best reunification would be in their own countries. These children are as illegal as their parents. Send them all home and let us be a sovereign nation once more.

  • Annabelle Pettyjohn

    The law means what the US government wants it to mean. Many whites are beginning to demand representation and the ability to form civil rights groups that protect our interest. We are standing against illegal immigration. We are still a majority and we can stop the insanity as long as we are a majority. So the US government is taking anyone they can and creating new strategies to justify their actions. The people who rule America are very good at creating strategies and noble reasons to justify illegal actions.

  • “We will act in the best interest of the child.”

    That’s funny; since these uniformed criminals are being paid by the US taxpayers, I thought they were expected to act in the best interests of the US citizenry.

    • Rodney S

      That one sentence says it all. The foreign invaders take precedence over U.S. citizens. The government has been usurped.

  • A completely useless Feral Federal Government

  • E. Burke

    The elites’ plan for many years has been to Brazilify or Mexify this country. Small white and Jewish upper class, small white and Jewish middle class with some “talented tenth” blacks and Hispanics, teeming, massive, compliant black and brown underclass, with the whites left behind strongly encouraged to miscegenate themselves out of existence.

  • Demo P. Seal; PouponMarks

    “And we will continue to enlarge the bureaucracy to fulfill the need that we artificially created”

  • Rodney S

    They’re supposed to act in the best interests of U.S. citizens, not foreign invaders. This tells you everything you need to know.