by David Inserra
The Heritage Foundation
July 16, 2014
Before Congress can reform policies that led to the current influx of unaccompanied alien children (UAC), they must understand how UAC are handled under existing law, recognize the role that anti-enforcement policies play in encouraging illegal immigration, and affirm the importance of both protecting the children and sending a clear message that U.S. immigration laws are being enforced. Congress ought to defund anti-enforcement policies such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and expedite the return of UAC to their countries of origin. President Obama should use his authority to enforce the law, rather than deferring enforcement as he has done. These actions, together with stopping amnesty-centric policies and improving partner capacity in Latin America, can help the U.S. deal with the influx of unlawful immigrant children in a responsible manner.



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