The numbers of immigrants arriving daily at the United State’s border definitely point to a crisis situation, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday.
“By any measure, 4,000 arrests in a day, 100,000 in a month ― that’s the population of the city of Albany, New York ― that suddenly shows up on our southern border in one month is a crisis,” Johnson told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” “It’s a crisis because it overwhelms our Border Patrol and our immigration officials’ ability to deal with it, and it’s a crisis because you have to absorb that population somehow into southern border towns.”
Johnson added the crisis has been going on for some time, and emanates from Central America, “the most violent region of our world right now,” and needs to be addressed at the source.
“A lot of people don’t want to hear that,” he said. “They want quick, easy answers. They want some legal lever to pull . . . we have got make the long-term investment in addressing the poverty and violence in those nations. It can be done.”
However, it would take a “sustained political commitment” through several administrations rather than an immediate solution, Johnson warned.
Johnson added, while he was serving under then-President Barack Obama in 2014, there was a similar, but smaller crisis, and numbers were brought down by getting out the message that the journey to the U.S. border was dangerous, immigrants knew they were not eligible for DACA, and the Mexican border was urged to help at its southern border.
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Until the border is secure, immigration reform can’t happen, and that will take cooperation between Republicans and Democrats, Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., said Wednesday.
“I want to get us back to where we were just what, 18 months ago, when we were talking about a package for border security in exchange for dealing with the DACA issue,” Rep. Waltz told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”
At that time, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans were offering a deal that would have created a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants, but Democrats would not agree, as there were restrictions on legal immigration.
“The president offered 1.8 million, a million more than President [Barack] Obama did, a pathway,” said Waltz, and “then to also deal with the chain migration, with the lottery system, and the merit-based system.”
But unless the border is secured, “you’ll find yourself in the same problem over and over again,” Waltz said.
Meanwhile, as the nation’s laws stand, migrants who enter the United States with a child are usually able to stay, Waltz said.
“The administration is damned if it does or doesn’t on this one,” Waltz said. “Because of the Flores agreement, the court agreement, children can’t be held longer than 20 days. The administration has tried to keep children with their parents to avoid family separation, which they are getting beat up for, but if they do, then they’re in violation of the court agreement.”
The matter needs a legislative fix, he added, and “Congress needs to do its job as Trump has been “reasonable” with his deals.
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A Texas flight attendant who was enrolled in the government's program for "Dreamers" flew to Mexico for work and was stopped by immigration authorities who forced her to spend more than a month in detention, her attorney said.
Selene Saavedra Roman, 28, who immigrated illegally to the U.S. as a child, was released Friday from a detention center in Conroe, Texas, according to a statement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
"Being released is an indescribable feeling," she said through a spokesman. "I cried and hugged my husband and never wanted to let go. I am thankful and grateful for the amazing people that came to fight for me, and it fills my heart. Thank you to everyone that has supported. I am just so happy to have my freedom back."
Originally from Peru and married to an American citizen, she raised concerns with Mesa Airlines about her immigration status after being assigned to an international flight, attorney Belinda Arroyo said.
The airline assured her she would be fine, but she was stopped by U.S. authorities on Feb. 12, when she returned to Houston, and was sent to detention, where she remained for more than five weeks, Arroyo said.
Soon after her lawyer, her husband, the airline and a flight attendants' group publicly demanded her release, Saavedra Roman called to tell her husband she was getting out.
"She was crying and she said, 'Please come get me,'" her husband, David Watkins, told reporters.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the agency was looking into her status. Earlier, the agency said Saavedra Roman did not have a valid document to enter the country and was being detained while going through immigration court proceedings.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — the agency that oversees the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA — declined to discuss the case. But the agency says on its website that participants who travel outside the country without a special document allowing them to do so are no longer covered by the program.
The agency no longer issues the document to the program's enrollees, according to the website.
People enrolled in the program are commonly referred to as "Dreamers," based on never-passed proposals in Congress called the DREAM Act.
The Trump administration sought to end the Obama-era program but was blocked by litigation. New applications have been halted, but renewals continue for hundreds of thousands of immigrants already enrolled.
In a joint statement with the Association of Flight Attendants, Mesa Airlines chief executive Jonathan Ornstein apologized to Saavedra Roman and asked U.S. authorities to release her, arguing that it was unfair to continually detain someone "over something that is nothing more than an administrative error and a misunderstanding."
"She should have never been advised that she could travel," Arroyo said. "It was a big mistake."
Saavedra Roman — who is scheduled to appear before an immigration judge in April — attended Texas A&M University, where she met her husband.
Watkins said he was not initially worried about her assignment because they already obtained approval from Citizenship and Immigration Services to apply for her green card as the wife of an American citizen. She has no criminal record and has long paid her taxes, he said, and she checked with her employer before the trip.
Then she was detained. He could visit her only once a week and could only see her through thick glass. She sounded hopeless, he said.
"I told her, 'Even if you get deported to Peru, I'll just go with you,'" he said to reporters. "Regardless of whatever happens in the future, I am not giving up. I am going to keep fighting."
In a statement, the union representing Saavedra Roman and her colleagues said the event "highlights the urgency of commonsense immigration reform and resolution for America's children who are part of DACA."
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Trump Willing to Give a Immigration Compromise in Order to Build The Wall, is that The Art of the Deal? President Trump, in an aired White House address Saturday, provided Democrats a compromise bundle on migration in an effort to finish the almost month long partial government closure– although Democrats rejected the olive branch as […]