McCaul Statement on Administration’s Unified Coordination Group to Address Influx of Unaccompanied Children at the Border
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Washington, D.C. – U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released the following statement on the recent influx of unaccompanied children at the border and the Administration’s creation of a Unified Coordination Group.
“The failure of DHS to adequately address the crisis of unaccompanied children crossing the border as a result of the Administration’s lack of border enforcement has reached disastrous proportions. ICE and CBP officers and agents are being overwhelmed by a massive influx of unaccompanied minors, whose crossings have doubled in the last year and is now projected to exceed 60,000 children in 2014. The stories behind these numbers are absolutely heart wrenching – parents are handing over small children to smugglers only to endure unspeakable hardship. While the creation of the Unified Coordination Group is a step in the right direction, much more must be done, and in the coming weeks the Committee will be exploring the causes behind this recent surge and how DHS can stop this dangerous trend.”