A leading Republican lawmaker said the government needs to put a stop to the "lax enforcement" that takes place in the immigration system, which he said was partly to blame for a 14-year-old girl allegedly getting raped by two illegal aliens near the nation's capital.
Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin told host Sharyl Attkisson on this week's "Full Measure" that America's existing immigration laws make coming into the country illegally awfully tempting for children.
"Immigration laws are creating incentives for children to come in from Central America, but let's also take a look at the reality of this," Johnson said during the interview that will air Sunday. "Of unaccompanied children, two-thirds are older than 15 years old. Two-thirds are males.
"Only 18 percent are less than 12-years-old, so the unaccompanied children really aren't children; they're young males, some of them are young men."
Last month, a 14-year-old girl told police she was brutally raped in a bathroom at Rockville High School in Maryland by a 17- and 18-year-old. Both men are in the U.S. illegally and were enrolled as freshman at the school.
Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, wants to know how the men got into the U.S. and why they were allowed to stay. He noted, however, that U.S. laws are favorable to undocumented minors.
"Once you get here as an unaccompanied child … I guess unless you're 18, you're a child, you get to stay here. You get a notice to appear, you don't even set a court date," Johnson said. "That tragedy with that 14-year-old girl could have been prevented if we really enforced our laws and if we end these incentives for illegal immigration.
"We should try and address what we can address, and we should end this lax enforcement. And this administration is definitely committed to doing so."
"Full Measure" airs Sunday on Sinclair stations nationwide, and is streamed live on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. ET.
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