A federal judge in Texas is accusing the Department of Homeland Security and the Obama administration of failing to properly enforce U.S. immigration laws.
According to the accusation written by Judge Andrew S. Hanen, Border Patrol agencies are routinely failing to deport illegal child immigrants caught sneaking into the country. Instead, agents are opting to send what the government calls unaccompanied alien children, or UAC’s, to parents who are often also living illegally in the U.S. as well.
Hanen filed his complaint after overseeing the case of a 10 year old El Salvadorian who was caught being smuggled into the country. The girl’s mother, Salmeron Santos, is living illegally in Virginia.
“The DHS, instead of enforcing our border security laws, actually assisted the criminal conspiracy in achieving its illegal goals,” Hanen said. “It completed the mission of the conspiracy initiated by Salmeron Santos. In summary, instead of enforcing the laws of the United States, the government took direct steps to help the individuals who violated it. A private citizen would, and should, be prosecuted for this conduct.”
Hanen said the case is “the fourth case with the same factual situation this court has had in as many weeks.”
In each case, Hanen said the government paid to transport the children across the country to be united with their parent.
“In all cases when the Government apprehended some of the traffickers, the Government transported the children across the country to unite them with a parent (or parents) who was in the country illegally. In one situation, the Government flew a child to multiple locations in different parts of the United States. The taxpayers of the United States suffer the expense of delivering these minors.”