In 2014, thousands of illegal immigrants from Central America streamed
across the border seeking asylum and protected status.
In response to the influx, President Obama increased border enforcement,
added more detention beds and immigration judges, and pressured political
leaders in the immigrants’ home countries.
However, new data obtained by
Fox News shows that the changes haven’t been effective in stopping the surge
of undocumented immigrants.
As for the influx of women and children crossing the border, the numbers
reveal that most of them never show up for their court dates.
According to Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center
for Immigration Studies, the strategy is a complete failure because a
high percentage of the people being detained have melted into an even
larger illegal population and they aren’t afraid of immigration
The Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review reports
that 84 percent of the adults with children who were allowed to roam freely
pending their trial never showed up to court, and less than 4 percent
The data requested by
Fox News highlights the magnitude of the problem plaguing immigration officials.
While the ACLU and over 100 lawmakers at Capitol Hill are seeking to close
the federal detention centers, calling them inhumane, it’s become
clear that when women and children are released to society, it almost
guarantees that they will fall off the government’s radar.
Vaughan said that now that they see that 85 percent of the people who weren’t
detained before their immigration hearings failed to show up for their
hearings, it illustrates the need for detention.
Belen Robles, a trustee at the El Paso Community College disagrees. When
speaking at the annual conference of the National Association of Latino
Elected and Appointed Officials,
Robles said that many of the women and children are being terrorized in
their own countries, and that’s the reason why they are fleeing.
Robles believes that once they arrive, they should be treated as human
beings, not put in shelters or locked behind bars.
Of the families that were allowed to remain free after their initial court
appearance, 84 percent failed to appear for subsequent court appearances,
and they were never to be seen again.
The illegal immigrants roam freely throughout the U.S. In contrast, virtually
all immigrants detained appeared before a judge.
Vaughan said that this is strong evidence that the Border Patrol was right
all along, that they weren’t trying to make a plea for humanitarian
status. These people knew that they would be allowed to stay.
Nevertheless, advocates are working hard to shut down the detention centers
and around 130 House Democrats and 33 senators sought to have Immigration
and Customs Enforcement stop detaining families all together.
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