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Obama responds in a letter to the issue of illegal immigration



by Joseph Earnest June 30, 2014   


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Last week Newscast Media featured an open letter from Homeland Security to parents of illegal aliens crossing the Southwest US border. Today, President Obama has responded by writing a letter to the Speaker of the House and both the Republican and Democrat leadership in the House and Senate, with his rendition as to why the crossings are happening.


Obama also explains that individuals who embark upon this perilous journey are subject to violent crime, abuse, and extortion as they rely on dangerous human smuggling networks to transport them through Central America and Mexico. He therefore approaches it as an "urgent humanitarian situation with an aggressive, unified, and coordinated Federal response" being conducted by the US and the relevant countries from which the immigrants originate.


"Specifically, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and DHS are deploying additional enforcement resourcesincluding immigration judges, Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorneys, and asylum officersto focus on individuals and adults traveling with children from Central America and entering without authorization across the Southwest border. Part of this surge will include detention of adults traveling with children, as well as expanded use of the Alternatives to Detention program, to avoid a more significant humanitarian situation," the letter read in part.

*Click here to read or download entire letter by Barack Obama. (pop-up)


The surge of immigrants from Latin America is mainly from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, as well as Mexico by those seeking a better future in the U.S.

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