Claims that DACA does not apply to these new arrivals is simply a distraction. DACA is a unilateral action that established the precedent that those who come to the United States at a certain age will receive special exemptions from the law. ICE officers report that they are often forced to release even high-risk individuals, of unknown ages and dates of entry, who simply assert ‘DREAM Act’ privileges.
In the internal Border Patrol memo, Deputy Chief Vitiello stressed that the only way to stop the flow is to show potential illegal immigrants that there will be real consequences for their actions: ‘If the U.S. government fails to deliver adequate consequences to deter aliens from attempting to illegally enter the U.S. the result will be an even greater increase in the rate of recidivism and first-time illicit entries.’
Our immigration system is unraveling before our very eyes. The American people have been denied the protections they are entitled to under our immigration system. Washington is failing the citizens of this country in the most dramatic way.
So I am calling upon all leaders and officials in this town to take the firm, bold and decisive steps necessary to restore order and restore our borders. This is also so important for the children who are placed in such danger.
What is the way to fix this?
The President must send a clear and simple message: Do not come unlawfully. If you do, you will be returned home.