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Obama Blocks Officers From Stopping ‘Dreamers’

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Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

President Barack Obama is blocking several simple actions that would quickly stop the rising flood of migrant youths and adults crossing the Texas border, according to border officials and immigration reformers.

If officials wanted to block the “Dream Deluge” of Central Americans youths, for example, “they would stop releasing them to family members [in the U.S., and] make sure they’re in long-term detention until they could either verify an asylum claim or a claim for persecution,” said Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council.

Immigration officials could make sure the youths’ parents are legal residents before they transfer the children and youths, and then deport the parents if they’re here illegally, said Moran, whose council serves as a union for border patrol officers.

But Obama’s appointees say “the whole goal of the process is family unification, so we’re not allowed to even ask the legal status of whosoever is picking them up,” he said.

“If they could do this very routine immigration enforcement, it would be a hugely powerful disincentive to keep trying to smuggle the kids,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies, an organization that opposes the president’s immigration reform plan.

Immigration officers “know what an effect it has on deterring the smuggling, they’ve asked to do it, but they’ve been told no, and that’s why the career personnel are so frustrated,” she said.

“They know what it take to stop this, but they’re not allowed to do,” she said.

A June 21 CNN article described how two illegals — one named “Ana” — used a relay of coyotes, border agents and employees at the Department of Health and Human Services to deliver their two children from El Salvador to Los Angeles.

“It’s unclear how far the smuggler may or may not have accompanied the children across the Rio Grande, Ana said [but] two weeks later, Ana received a phone call from a U.S. immigration official [saying] the official had Ana’s children in custody… A month later, HHS social workers called Ana [and] arranged for Ana to pick up her kids at Los Angeles International Airport.”