by David Inserra
The Heritage Foundation
July 28, 2014
Representative Kay Granger (R-TX) recently released the Border Crisis Working Group’s recommendation on how to deal with the influx of unaccompanied alien children crossing the southwest border. Some of the recommendations, like allowing the Border Patrol to patrol the entirety of the border, are sound proposals. Others, like the recommendation to deploy the National Guard to the Southern border, make immediate sense but are not cost-effective, long-term solutions. Most importantly, not one of the recommendations addresses the root causes of this crisis – most notably President Obama’s lax enforcement policies, such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Until proposals take the right approach and stop anti-enforcement measures taken by the executive branch, other reforms will be undermined.

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