|According to widely circulated news reports, 60,000 youth will cross our nation's southern border this year, up tenfold from 2011. According to Reuters, the number of illegal immigrants under the age of 18 entering our country is likely to double in 2015 to nearly 130,000, costing American taxpayers $2 billion. So far, unaccompanied youth have been housed in shelters in Arizona and military bases in Texas, California, and Oklahoma. |
This month, the Department of Justice announced a new program to enroll approximately 100 lawyers and paralegals to provide legal services at taxpayer expense to youth crossing our border unaccompanied by their parents.
Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security announced a renewal of the Administration's policy to grant relief from deportation to youth brought into the United States illegally by their parents, if they meet certain criteria. According to the Department, as of April, over 560,000 individuals have already received such relief.
Opponents, including Congressman Forbes, have criticized the Administration for prioritizing amnesty over the security of our borders and enforcing the law. Read more about Congressman Forbes' work opposing amnesty and securing the border here.
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