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Illegal Immigrants Kidnapping Children to Have Better Chance to Stay in US

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 Jun 2016 02:21 PM

The Obama administration says that illegal immigrants are kidnapping children and bringing them across the border to pose as a family unit in order to have a much better chance of obtaining permission to stay in the US, The Washington Times reports.

"When people now know that when I come as a family unit, I won't be apprehended and detained — we now have people being abducted so that they can be deemed as family units, so that they can avoid detention," Leon Fresco, a deputy assistant attorney general, told the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Fresco said the court system encouraged the kidnappings, because the illegals started this technique after a federal judge last year ordered families caught illegally crossing the border be quickly released.

However, he gave no evidence to back up his claim, a point driven home by Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law executive director Peter Schey.

"We know zero instances of that, and there's zero support for that anywhere in the record," he said. "If they know of any such instances, I would think they would bring the actual instances to the attention of the court."

There is currently a large wave of illegal immigrants from Central America. Due to the Flores legal agreement from the 1990s, the unaccompanied minors among them are quickly processed and released to family members or foster homes in the US.

But as even more illegals started arriving as a family unit, the Obama administration opened new detention facilities as a way to show future potential illegals that the journey was not worth it, since they would be jailed and deported.

But after Schey and other immigrant rights activists challenged the policy, claiming that the facilities violated the Flores agreement, a judge agreed and ordered all the minors be quickly released, as well as their parents, as that would be in the best interests of taking care of the child.

The Obama administration's warning that the judge's ruling would lead to a surge in illegals crossing the border has been proven correct.

A Pew Research Center report last month showed that more than 27,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended in the first six months of  the 2016 fiscal year (which started last October), 78 percent more than the number caught during the same period last year and that those numbers could surpass 2014's all-time high of 68,000.

Fresco argued in court this week that the Flores agreement only applied to unaccompanied minors. The judge retorted that the agreement clearly applies to all children, but agreed that there should be a middle ground where the parents did not get a quick release as well.

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