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Conservative Latino Group Calls on Congress Not to Deport • Unaccompanied Immigrant Children at the Expense of their Welfare • Blames President Obama for Not Preparing for Border Crisis

Executive Director of American Principles Project’s Latino Partnership Alfonso Aguilar announced the release of a report today regarding the crisis of unaccompanied minors from Central America, who are entering the country illegally through our southern border.

The report calls on Congress to “put politics aside and focus exclusively on the welfare of the children who have already made it here.  Regardless of why and how they came, we should consider that they are alone at our door asking for a helping hand.  They are not adults who can fend for themselves.  They are children, many as young as five or six.  Sending them back in droves right away does not help them or contribute to their well-being.”

The report continues, “Sending back the children who made it to the U.S. could indeed discourage other parents from asking their sons and daughters to make the very dangerous journey to the U.S., but it would risk putting them in the same situation of violence or abuse they were escaping in the first place.  We need time to determine if they deserve to stay here and receive our protection or if they should return home.  It takes time to study the details of each case and to make the appropriate determination.  And in those cases where we determine the child should not stay, it takes time to ensure that when they return they are placed with their parents or a responsible adult in a safe environment.  Quickly removing these children would be reckless.”

The report also states that “this is not a border security crisis per se,” these children “are surrendering immediately to border patrol” and “they want to be caught because most are looking for protection from abuse and violence.”

Furthermore, the report documents the President and his administration’s failure to take preventative measures in anticipation of this crisis. The report declares, “An already complicated situation to manage was made worse by the President’s inaction and lack of leadership.”

To read the full report, go to: http://bit.ly/1rKMIXV

For more information or to schedule an interview with Alfonso Aguilar, please contact American Principles Project’s Director of Communications Kate Bryan at 202-503-2010 or kbryan@americanprinciplesproject.org

The American Principles Project is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the fundamental principles on which our country was founded, including that we are all created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Latino Partnership is a project of APP, which works to engage the Latino community on conservative issues and policies.  

 

 


 

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