The Obama administration is doing little to stem the flow of illegal immigrant children from Central America entering the United States, according to Homeland Security News Wire, the homeland security industry’s largest online daily news publication.
The administration blames the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, a law passed by the Bush administration in 2008 making it difficult to repatriate unaccompanied minors without letting them appear before an immigration judge.
Democrats in Congress have blocked efforts to change the law and make it easier for the DHS to send illegal immigrant children back to their countries of origin.
The number of children entering the United States continues to rise.
On Sunday, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson refused to say if tens of thousands of children will be deported or allowed to stay. He said the country’s sovereignty is secondary to the government’s obligation to illegal children.
“We have to do right by the children,” he said.
Republicans demand the Obama administration deport the children immediately.
“The administration needs to deport these families and children,” Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador told NBC News. “I know it sounds harsh and difficult, but it’s better for the children. Send these children back in a humanitarian way. We can do it safely and efficiently.”