We’re finding more and more problems in the proposed “border security” “deal” being peddled by congressional negotiators and leaders.
Not only does it fund a laundry list of government programs rather than fully securing the southern border, it also contains a pretty stunning amnesty provision.
Initially flagged by Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies, section 224(a) of the almost 1,200-page spending proposal would prohibit federal immigration enforcement from detaining anyone who has any sort of relationship with an unaccompanied alien child (UAC), even as a “potential sponsor” or “member of a household of a sponsor or potential sponsor.”
Here's a gem from the spending bill. Section 224 (a) says that ICE may not remove any sponsor or *potential sponsor* or *member of a household* of a UAC. That's de facto sanctuary for anyone near a UAC. Ridiculous. 30-40% of MS-13 arrests have been UACs.
— Jessica Vaughan (@JessicaV_CIS) February 14, 2019
“That’s de facto sanctuary for anyone near a UAC,” Vaughn said of the measure on social media. “Ridiculous.”
Here’s the text of the section (emphasis mine):
None of the funds provided by this Act or any other Act, or provided from any accounts in the Treasury of the United States derived by the collection of fees available to the components funded by this Act, may be used by the Secretary of Homeland Security to place in detention, remove, refer for a decision whether to initiate removal proceedings, or initiate removal proceedings against a sponsor, potential sponsor, or member of a household of a sponsor or potential sponsor of an unaccompanied alien child ( as defined in section 462 (g) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 279(g))) based on information shared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
This would make obvious further mockery of U.S. immigration law. Additionally, children are already being exploited and trafficked in order to manipulate the loopholes in America’s asylum system. This is a proposal to turn children into the ultimate human shields against deportation for would-be illegal immigrants and cartel traffickers. One can only imagine that will do to the rates of near-border kidnappings and human trafficking associated with illegal immigration.