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The Scandal of Operation Border Guardian

April 22, 2016
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Central American immigrant families walk through the countryside after crossing from Mexico into the United States to seek asylum on April 14, 2016 in Roma, Texas. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images

Central American immigrant families walk through the countryside after crossing from Mexico into the United States to seek asylum on April 14, 2016 in Roma, Texas. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images

Sometimes criminals come over the border from Mexico.  They are coming here to commit crimes. There is no reason for the U.S. not to expel them.

Sometimes women and children come over the border. Most of them come from the Central America countries Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. They are fleeing the violence at home.

They are trying to get asylum in America.  The process is complex. Many do not have lawyers. As a result, warrants go out for them, and they miss court dates. Operation Border Guardian is rounding up these women and children. It is sending them back home to danger and poverty.

There is no good reason for the U.S. to expel them. So far, this new effort has not sent many sent back. But fear is widespread.

Young people are the target. When they turn eighteen, they lose the protection of their youth status. Most of the arrests take place in North Carolina and Georgia. These are states that are not friendly to immigrants.

Agents seize students at home and on their way to school. The government holds the students while they appeal their cases.  The surge into the U.S. began in late 2014. Homeland Security has already returned thousands of families to Central America.

Advocates say President Obama should stop the program

The head of Operation Border Guardian said, “We have “to send a message.” The message is that the undocumented cannot cross the borders.

Human rights advocates say the government does not understand the issue. It is not border problem. It is a crisis of people. The advocates say we should protect those who try to escape violence in their home countries.

Many in Congress asked the president to stop the program. Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders said they would end it.

Source: The New York Times April 20, 2016

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