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    Congressmen to White House: Do not house illegal immigrants at Fort Hood

    Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 3:22 pm
    Jacob Brooks

    Fort Hood is being considered as a location to house unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the border, officials confirmed Wednesday.

    U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, announced Wednesday he sent a letter to President Barack Obama, the Defense Department and other organizations “urging the Obama administration not to provide temporary housing for unaccompanied alien children at any U.S. military installation, including Fort Hood.”

    The letter also was signed by U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, whose district includes a portion of Fort Hood.

    The letter was sent in response to a notification from the Office of the Secretary of Defense that a survey team will assess the possibility of using Fort Hood to house unaccompanied minors, according to a news release from Williams’ office.

    “While housing these unaccompanied minors may be a challenge for you, seeking support from military bases when their resources have already been stretched thin is unacceptable,” wrote Williams.

    Post officials said Wednesday that representatives from Health and Human Services “are conducting an ongoing assessment of Fort Hood to determine if our installation is suitable for them to temporarily provide shelter for unaccompanied children under their care.”

    Tom Rheinlander, Fort Hood’s public affairs director, said post officials joined the HHS staff as they recently toured the vacant facilities available for HHS’s use.

    “HHS will make the final determination if they will use Fort Hood for unaccompanied children operations,” he said in a statement. “The Department of Defense and HHS will continue to keep local and congressional officials informed throughout this assessment and selection process.”

    Carter said the thought of Fort Hood housing the immigrants who entered the country illegally is “outrageous” and could impact the military’s mission.

    “President Obama needs to enforce our immigration laws and secure our border, not undermine our military at a time when our country is facing increased threats from radical Islamic terrorists,” he said in a statement. “I urge him not to further burden our military by forcing them to baby-sit hundreds of illegal immigrants on their bases, especially when their sole focus should be fighting the war on terror and keeping America safe.”

    Letter to the president from U.S. Rep. Roger Williams:

    Dear Mr. President,
    The Department of Defense (DOD) has received a formal request for assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide temporary housing for unaccompanied alien children. We have been informed that a survey team will soon be investigating Fort Hood as a possible location for housing these illegal immigrants.

    We strongly urge your Administration not to house illegal immigrants on any military base. Furthermore, your Administration should commit to securing the border and focus your efforts on reuniting these children with their families in their native countries.

    While housing these unaccompanied minors may be a challenge for you, seeking support from military bases when their resources have already been stretched thin is unacceptable. Our country is at war with radical Islamic extremism at home and abroad, and our military assets must be used to train and prepare our troops, not house illegal aliens. Fort Hood has already suffered two shootings, including one terrorist attack. This military base is clearly a target and our country cannot afford to further burden it with the duties of running a safe house.

    As Members of Congress who represent Fort Hood, one of the largest military installations in the United States, we ask you to reaffirm that our military installations exist to project power around the world and to serve our men and women in uniform and their families — not house illegal immigrants. In addition, we ask that Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary Sylvia Burwell meet with us before any action is taken to use Fort Hood as a housing unit for illegal aliens.

    We respectfully request your immediate attention and quick response to this matter.

    Sincerely,
    Rep. Roger Williams
    Rep. John Carter

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    Don't house them anywhere, get them out of here!
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    Someone needs to initiate a REPEAL of the bush era act ....
    article is a year old already & nothing has been done to change this intended open border so called "act'.....
    Aside from costing a fortune, these children are not vaccinated, likely carrying larvae from central america contributing to the kissing bug disease now in most states, as well as resistant LICE.

    There's no doubt the Obama administration is already far, far behind in the job of processing and returning the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador who have illegally crossed the border into the United States in recent months.
    Administration: Bush-era law requires us to slow-walk deportations
    By Bryron York 6/25/14

    There's no doubt the Obama administration is already far, far behind in the job of processing and returning the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador who have illegally crossed the border into the United States in recent months. Asked again Tuesday how many of those immigrants have been given notices to appear in court, and how many have actually shown up, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he didn't have the figure. "But let me just stipulate something," Earnest said. "Without knowing what that number is, and without having seen it, I think we can all stipulate that that number is too high." At three other times in the White House briefing, Earnest repeated his belief that the number he did not know was nevertheless too high.

    Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, Democrats noted that a 2008 law requires the administration to offer extensive and time-consuming procedural protections to the young illegal immigrants. "In 2008, then-President George Bush signed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act," Rep. Bennie Thompson, ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Homeland Security, said at a hearing. "The law recognizes that special care is demanded when dealing with the young and vulnerable. Under these laws, the Border Patrol is required to take unaccompanied children who are not from Mexico into custody, screen them and transfer them to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement."

    The law to which Thompson referred began as something called the "Unaccompanied Alien Child Protection Act of 2007." A pet project of Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein -- she had introduced the bill several years before that with no success -- the measure not only placed unaccompanied illegal immigrant children in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services. It also set strict standards for the handling of those children. It required "whenever possible, family reunification or other appropriate placement for unaccompanied alien children"; authorized HHS officials to "engage the services of child welfare professionals to act as child advocates and make recommendations regarding custody, detention, release and removal, based upon the best interest of each child"; provided "pro bono legal representation for unaccompanied alien children in their immigration matters where possible"; required "that children who are detained be placed in the least restrictive setting possible in accordance with the best interest of the child"; and required "that the Office of Refugee Resettlement conduct a home study before placing a trafficked- or other special needs-child in a foster home to ensure the safety of the child."

    The law made provisions for the relatively quick return of children who come to the U.S. illegally from Mexico or Canada. For everyone else, though, it created a long and arduous legal process -- one that is unlikely to result in the return of a child to his or her homeland.
    In 2008 Feinstein attached the bill to what was known as the "William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008." The larger bill, with Feinstein's inside, passed both House and Senate unanimously, and was signed into law by a lame duck George W. Bush on Dec. 23, 2008

    Now, the administration says it is that law which prevents the quick return of illegal immigrant children pouring over the border from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. In a Tuesday hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee featuring Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond made note of calls to return the unaccompanied children to their homeland quickly. "Besides the humanitarian reasons and reasons of conscience and our morals," Richmond asked Johnson, "the William Wilberforce Act would keep you from turning them around, wouldn't it?"

    "Well, the 2008 law is not in conflict with commencing a deportation proceeding against the child," Johnson answered. "It's my understanding that the law would not permit an expedited removal of an unaccompanied child. That's my understanding of the law."

    "We do expedited removals," Johnson explained. "Let's say a Mexican crosses the border. They're apprehended by one of the chief's border patrol agents. We can do an expedited removal of the Mexican right back into the country of Mexico. We can do expedited removals of adults into Central America where there's no immigration judge involved.

    But in terms of an expedited removal for an unaccompanied child, my understanding of the law is that that's not available."


    Finstein's law was never intended to deal with the volume of unaccompanied children crossing the border -- perhaps 90,000 this year. Yet the administration insists that in this case it must follow the law to the letter, even if that means the vast majority of those entering the country end up staying. That clearly frustrated some Republicans who have become used to seeing the administration enforce the laws it likes and deal more selectively with laws it doesn't like.

    "I've been down to Nogales, where they have the large detention facility and I've seen the folks that we detained be debriefed, cleaned up, put on a bus and sent back," Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama said to Johnson. "Why aren't we doing that with these children?"

    "Well, first of all, Nogales is being used as a processing center for the unaccompanied children," Johnson answered. "They are leaving Nogales and they're going to HHS custody for shelter and then placement."

    "Well, why aren't we putting them on a bus like we normally do and sending them back down to Guatemala?" asked Rogers.

    "Because the law requires that I turn them over to HHS, sir."

    "Well, the law required Obamacare to be kicked in two years ago," Rogers said. "And that hasn't stopped the administration before when it wants to do something different. This is a humanitarian crisis. It's a national security crisis for our country."

    Few would doubt that the influx of children is a humanitarian crisis. And many believe it is a crisis that could be resolved by the quick return of the children to family members or responsible social agencies in their homeland. That's where the Wilberforce law comes in; such quick returns are forbidden. And with the immigration crisis -- after ignoring or downplaying other laws it finds undesirable -- the administration has suddenly become a stickler for enforcement.

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