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Opinion: U.S. Should Be More Careful About Deporting Central American Immigrants

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By Alan Gomez
USA Today

For the past few weeks, the attention of the White House and Congress has, rightfully, been on the tens of thousands of children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador flooding across the U.S. border.

But as Washington debates the fastest and safest way to send those kids back home, it gives us a chance to rethink the way we’re deporting people to Mexico, too.

Border Patrol agents have wide latitude to determine where and when they deport someone caught trying to cross the border illegally. In many instances, they deport the person far from the location where they were caught — that hinders their ability to try to cross again, given they’re in an unfamiliar city and don’t have local connections to help.

But little thought has been given to their deportation destination, and data from both sides of the border indicate the government is sending people into some incredibly dangerous terrain.

Take Tijuana, for example. That area was once one of the most violent along the border, with drug cartels fighting a bloody battle for control of the region. But from 2008 to 2012, the city’s murder rate fell from 41 per 100,000 residents to 21,according to a study by the University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute.

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Justice Department Highlights New Immigration Strategy in Wake of Border Crisis

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department launched a two-pronged approach to addressing the surge of illegal immigration from Central America, the Washington Examiner reports.

The plan aims to help Central American governments address the growing humanitarian crisis and to speed up immigration cases.

The Executive Office for Immigration Review will prioritize cases involving immigrants who recently crossed the border and are facing removal proceedings.

“This refocusing of resources will allow EOIR to prioritize the adjudication of the cases of those individuals involved in the evolving situation on the southwest border.” EOIR Director Juan P. Osuna said.

The plan calls for hiring more immigration judges and expanding access to legal resources for people facing removal proceedings.

DHS: 150 Border Patrol Agents Sent to South Texas Over Immigration Crunch

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

About 150 Border Patrol agents are being sent to South Texas to help out authorities who are overwhelmed by a spike in illegal immigration from Central America, the Statesman reports.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson made the announcement on his third trip to the Border Patrol’s McAllen station in southernmost Texas in the last month and a half.

The station has been inundated by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have been arrested since October.

What remains unclear is whether the new agents are temporary or permanent.

Johnson said again that he children won’t be invited to stay in the U.S., saying “journey is not safe.”

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Border Patrol Cancels Flights for Central American Migrants Squeezed into Texas Facility

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Flights that were scheduled to begin flying Central American immigrants from Texas to California today to ease up on overcrowded conditions have been canceled, NBC News reports.

What’s unclear is why the flights were stopped, said Ralph DeSio, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection.

“This whole thing is in a very fluid state,” DeSio said. “I’m not sure if the plans will be reactivated but, as we’re speaking here this moment, it has been canceled. Tomorrow is another day.”

The government has been trying to determine what to do with an excessive number of immigrants, especially children, from Central America.
Recently released videos showed that immigrants were forced to wait in squalid conditions.

Border Patrol Station in Texas Overwhelmed by Central American Migrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Throngs of Central American women and children are forced to stay in squalid, cramped conditions at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, the Washington Post reports.

Video obtained by the Washington Post shows children sleeping on concrete floors in sweltering heat for days. The migrants are fed tacos and bologna sandwiches and the sick are separated by strips of yellow police tape. They use portable toilets and have no showers.

After seeing the conditions, President Obama declared a “humanitarian crisis.”

Each day, agents capture hundreds of Central American migrants, some of whom travel in groups as large as 250 people.

Many of them are fleeing violence and poverty.

Violent Mexican Drug Cartels Spreading to Central America

Central-America-map-01By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The cancerous violence of the Mexican drug cartels seems to be spreading into Central America where the drug networks are burrowing in, the Washington Post reports.

And the presence of the cartels threatens to destabalize the countries that already face daunting crime figures, the Post reported.

The Mexican cartels “are spreading their horizons to states where they feel, quite frankly, more comfortable. These governments in Central America face a very real challenge in confronting these organizations,” David Gaddis, chief of operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration told the Post.

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