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article imageSen. Feinstein: President has authority to quell border chaos

By Larry Clifton     Jul 14, 2014 in Politics
Washington - According to veteran senators on both sides of the aisle, Pres. Barack Obama’s administration could resolve the border crisis by returning tens of thousands of youthful illegal immigrants to their homelands.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Republican Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House intelligence committee, say the president needs only to make a few administrative changes..
Since October, 57,000 illegal immigrants (mostly youth) from South America have swamped US immigration services and Democrats are no longer seeing border chaos as a political advantage.
Conversely, the situation at the border has turned so extreme that the administration's inaction may damage an already reeling Democratic Party facing tough midterm elections.
Now, with senior Democrats joining Republicans in calling for Mr. Obama to secure the U.S. border and send illegal immigrants home, the tide of public opinion is further polarizing.
Democrats have long seen millions of illegal immigrants as potential votes after they are given amnesty. Analysts say as many as 11 million illegal immigrants given the power to vote could ensure a Democratic Party dynasty for a generation.
Republicans, on the other hand, have long called on Mr. Obama to secure U.S. border before immigration reform is brought up in Congress.
Politically, the problem for Democrats is that polls show a majority of Americans now believe the Southern border should be secured before immigration reform takes place. With the Middle East in turmoil, the threat of terrorism is on the minds of millions of Americans who view the administration’s open-borders policy as an opportunity for terrorists to enter the country undetected.
In 2001, Middle East terrorists attacked New York City, destroying the twin towers and parts of the Pentagon while killing hundreds of civilian airline passengers. Thousands of Americans and other nationalities died in that terrorist event. The terrorists lived among Americans while practicing and planning their attack.
Since October, adults mainly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, smuggled tens of thousands of children across the Mexican border without their parents. Some say illegal immigration is a Trojan horse freely utilized as the administration looks the other way, essentially turning U.S. border control over to illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.
Meanwhile, Federal immigration courts have a backlog of more than 375,000 cases. It can often take several years for an immigrant to receive a final ruling. Immigrants largely ignore American laws and simply stay in the country, dispersing into communities with the aid of federal immigration services.
Joining the voice of Republicans, a growing number of Democrats are calling for the administration to secure the border so that immigration reform has a chance in Congress.
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, hardly a conservative ally and the author of a provision in the human trafficking law that some say created the crisis, now says a change in regulations, not the law, could speed the children's return.
"I would urge HHS and DHS to sit down and set the exceptional circumstances — it may be the number of children coming through in a week or a month, however you see it — and how the process might be modified to give you more time," she said Thursday during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on a $3.7 billion emergency budget request from the White House to deal with the growing crisis on the border.
Mr. Obama has asked for the money in an emergency budget request that opponents say he would spend largely on accommodating illegals and relocating them to communities across the country. Congress is highly unlikely to act on his request since he already has the authority to secure the borders and return the illegals to their native countries.
For his part, Congressman Rogers is calling on Mr. Obama to personally visit the border and send a stern message to deter South American countries from endangering their children by sending them packed inside trains, with a thousand children riding on the top of rail cars to cross the American border illegally.
Obama "has tools in his toolbox" to solve quickly what most officials say has become a humanitarian crisis and to deter more children from coming to the U.S., Rogers said.
"We can safely get them home," Rogers said on NBC television's "Meet the Press." He said, "And that's where the president needs to start. So he needs to re-engage, get folks who are doing administrative work on the border. They need to make sure they send a very clear signal."
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