Democrats Threaten to Scuttle Deal to Deport Kids

Newsmax, July 10, 2014

Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border.

Republicans demanded speedier deportations, which the White House initially had supported but left out of its proposal after complaints from immigrant advocates and some Democrats. On Thursday, the top House and Senate Democrats pointedly left the door open to them.

“It’s not a deal-breaker,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “Let them have their face-saver. But let us have the resources to do what we have to do.” Her spokesman Drew Hammill later clarified that any changes “must ensure due process for these children.”


But opposition arose late in the day from key Democratic senators, suggesting battles ahead before any deal could be struck.

“I can assure you that I will fight tooth and nail changes in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy said at a hearing on the situation, referring to the law Republicans want to change.

Noting that the arriving migrants include young girls trying to escape sex violence and gangs, Leahy said: “I’m not sure Americans all really feel we should immediately send them back.”


At issue is a law approved in 2008. Passed to give protection to sex trafficking victims, it requires court hearings for migrant young people who arrive in this country from “noncontiguous” countries–anywhere other than Mexico or Canada.


Republicans want the government to have the authority to treat Central American kids the same way as kids from Mexico, who can be removed quickly unless they convince Border Patrol that they have a fear of return that merits additional screening.

“I think clearly we would probably want the language similar to what we have with Mexico,” Boehner said.

White House officials have said they support such changes and indicated last week that they would be offering them along with the emergency spending request. But immigration advocates objected strongly, saying children would be denied legal protections, and the White House has not yet made a formal proposal.

Asked Thursday about the issue, Johnson said he supported changing the law to treat children from Central American nations the same as those from Mexico.

“We want the flexibility in the current situation to have that discretion,” he said.

But in response to concerns voiced by Leahy and Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Tom Harkin of Iowa, Johnson insisted that the kids still would be protected.

“A request for discretion, as long as I’m secretary, means a request for the ability to do the right thing,” he said.


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  • Dave4088

    Let’s see…..we have laws allowing for the deportation of Mexican children that isn’t being enforced (or minimally so) and won’t be. So any new law that allows for deportation of Central American Indian kids streaming across the border will simply be ignored, too, and the Republicans will never demand deportations since they’re on a mission to win the elusive spanic vote and are terrified of being viewed as “racist” .

  • “Would more quickly deport minors”

    It would more quickly accomplish nothing. It would more quickly set them up for immigration hearing dates, which they’ll blow off. If they bother coming, and in the rare circumstance when the judge issues a deportation order, they’ll blow that off, too. Also, don’t look for Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Costa Rica, et al. to take them back.

    Methinks it’s going to take some sort of extra strength solution. For that, one of us is going to have to get a hold of the pen and phone.

    • Who Me?

      Ahem…excuse me. A pen and a phone “ain’t gonna do squat.” It’s going to take doing what those people in California did, in spades. We are ALL going to have to get out there in the hot sun and wave signs and forcibly make those buses full of Latino trash turn around and haul butt back across the border with the fear of God on them never to return. We will have to somehow organize ourselves into shifts and keep it up, morning, noon and night. A few of us may get hurt. We have to keep on keeping on till it gets DONE. And not just in one place, in EVERY city across the border.
      It wouldn’t take as long as one might think because our politicians are cowards. They see a concerted and sustained effort that is really working to deter this wave of illegal invasion of women and “children”, they will all jump on the bandwagon immediately, trying to pretend they’ve been on “the people’s side” all along.

      • “Pen and phone” is a metaphor for the exclusive near omnipotence of Federal guns. It means we order the military to round up non-whites, tell ’em that they’re getting in this truck, and going somewhere, where I don’t care, because it’s ethnostate time.

  • Dave4088

    “Republicans want the government to have the authority to treat Central
    American kids the same way as kids from Mexico, who can be removed
    quickly unless they convince Border Patrol that they have a fear of
    return that merits additional screening.”

    So there’s the weasel clause in this proposed law. Every illegal alien child will simply be coached to claim “fear of return” so that they can continue squatting on our land and they will enjoy all the rights of citizens while this additional screening (which will probably take decades) is being conducted.

    • cvxxx

      If the new law repeals the 2008 then the brats can be turned away at the border not wasting our tax money how they get back is their problem and the home government. Mexico allows these illegals to travel Mexico can become involved when they have to spend money.

  • propagandaoftruth

    Democrats Threaten to Scuttle Deal to Deport Future Democrats

    There…fixed it.

    • IstvanIN

      That’s it in a nutshell.

      • propagandaoftruth

        In the presidential elections from 1980 to now, Hispanics have voted 31.2% Republican, from a high of 40% for Bush 2 (oh yeah, they liked that guy that much? hmmm…) and a low for Bob Dole at 21%. 31% and 27% for Flippy Mac and Romney.

        So, in that this figure has risen and fallen in no particular long term trajectory, the Democrats can expect that more than 2/3 of all Hispanics will vote Democrat forever. And if this starts with a heaping helping of black style gibsmedat, maybe more!

        The Democrats want a nation of black browns they can manipulate by fomenting hatred of Whites and eventually other over achieving types. Any non-White blood they can inject into the “nation” is welcome, the stupider and more crime prone the better.

        Won’t ever get to their gated communities, will it?

        • IstvanIN

          Actually Democrats who look like Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Cuomo, Lindsey Graham, Harry Reid etc., will not be able to manipulate anything because people who look like them will never get elected in a black/brown country. Whites are the only ones who vote in large numbers against their own.

  • Greg Thomas

    Noting that the arriving migrants include young girls trying to escape sex violence and gangs, Leahy said: “I’m not sure Americans all really feel we should immediately send them back.”

    Why don’t you traitors ASK the American people what they think!

  • dd121

    What deal? They’re lying again.

  • dd121

    BTW, the illegals have been briefed on what to say so they can stay. Oh yeah, they’re all facing firing squads if they’re sent back.

  • A Freespeechzone

    If they aren’t deported; send them to DC so they can enjoy the diseased diversity.

  • IKUredux

    The answer is simple. The current government needs to go. So let’s vote them out, or something.

  • Tarczan

    About a week before this began, John Kerry made a trip to Mexico; to discuss Obamas’ plan to begin the mestizo invasion, I’m sure.

    I understand that the news media is solidly in the leftist camp, but why can’t the Republicans make a more convincing case in saying what this really is? An invasion supported by the Federal government.

    Michael Savage was calling it just that today, saying that it was racial replacement. A good number of the posters here could more articulately put forth the reasons to oppose this invasion than McCain and Boehner . It just drives me crazy the way the Repubs refuse to fight. I guess they must be laboring under the illusion that Obama is just a misguided liberal who really loves America.

    Michael Medved is an example. I used to listen to him but no more. He is a hell of a debater, with a quick mind, but he loses me when he says Obama is obviously very bright and wants the best for America.

    No, he is a America hating communist who is enjoying himself as he destroys the country. He was pushed from a do nothing Illinois state senator to the White House. He is an idiot who wouldn’t know how to change a tire. All of the bad laws he passes can be reversed, but we can’t reverse racial extinction.

    • TruthBeTold

      This is their opportunity to win over the general public by exposing this farce.

      Unfortunately, they wanted this invasion so they anything they do will expose the blood on their hands.

    • Erasmus

      Medved is a putz. I flipped him off in 2006 when he started shilling for Dubyah’s amnesty and haven’t listened to him since. Medved used to constantly say that when you rewarded bad behavior, you only got more of it. Yet he is a “conservative” strongly in favor of amnesty.

      My take on Medved is that he’s had his “encyclopedic” brain up his encyclopedic backside for so long that he can no longer capable of seeing the forest through the trees, that he has become a master of trivia but can’t/won’t see the larger picture.

      Either that, or he’s decided to tap into the conservative talk-show market for fun and profit. He is a Hollywood insider who has access to Hollywood that no other conservative could ever get and criticizes Hollywood for his own financial gain.

      • Sick of it

        “Medved was born into a Jewish family of German and Ukrainian origin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania” – That Darn Anti-Semitic Wikipedia

    • Katherine McChesney

      Susanna Martinez made the same statement about obama at Red Rocks, Colo. during a Mitt Romney campaign stop. Everyone gasped when she declared that obama ‘loves this country’. Another RINO.

  • cvxxx

    Repeal that 2008 law and turn them away at the border.

  • Gentleman Jim Crow

    There is zero chance of those kids getting deported. You can deport them if you don’t know what country they came from. They will all just say that they are French or Chinese or something.

  • John R

    But wait! Deport them all: I have a fear of my country being overrun by too many Mexicans and Central Americans. Does that count?

    • IstvanIN