Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) said on Friday that the flood of unaccompanied children from Central America into the United States is a “humanitarian crisis” and called for action to shore up the border.
Miller, the vice chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the National Guard should be engaged to prevent thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children from flooding across the border.
“This crisis is a direct result of President Obama’s action to give children who have been brought to this country by their parents a special status, not authorized by law, and has caused the rise of rumors throughout Central America that if parents send their children to America they will be allowed to stay,” Miller said. “This is what happens when the president acts with a pen and a phone without the consent of Congress and outside the rule of law.”
The immigrant children are at risk of violence, sexual assault and death, Miller said, and violent drug cartels may be able to capitalize on overwhelmed security agents at the border.
“I am today calling upon President Obama to immediately begin an advertising campaign throughout Central America to tell the people in that region that there has been no change in U.S. law, that if they send their children unaccompanied by their parents to our border that they will be putting them in danger of violence and death along the route, that their children are not eligible for any special status upon their arrival and that they will be sent home,” Miller said.
Miller said the National Guard was needed at the border to defend against drug cartel activity, in addition to assisting with the ongoing humanitarian crisis.
“And the National Guard should be given the authority to not only watch what is happening and report, but also to assist in arresting those illegally crossing the border and enforce our laws,” Miller said.