Jeh Johnson

Mexico will turn the buses back at the border.

Via Daily Mail

The United States ought to just take the Central American children pouring into the country through its border with Mexico, stick them on a bus and send them back home as soon as they arrive, Alabama congressman Mike Rogers said at a Homeland Security hearing this morning.

That’s what the U.S. does with adults who illegally enter the country, the Republican congressman said, ‘Why aren’t we putting them on a bus like we normally do and send them back down to Guatemala?’

‘I don’t know why these children are being treated any differently,’ he said.

‘What are we doin’ other than takin’ ’em and puttin’ ’em in a facility here that’s gonna make it more likely we will keep them here for months if not years?’ he said.

Rogers was one of several members of Congress at the hearing, featuring testimony from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who called DHS to expedite its process for returning unaccompanied minors back to their home countries instead of investing additional resources into improving detention facilities along the border to make kids coming to the U.S. illegally more comfortable.

Members also expressed concern over what the Obama administration was doing to correct the record about U.S. immigration policy and what steps it was taking to deter parents in Central American countries from putting their children’s lives at risk by handing them over to smugglers.

Coyotes are promulgating rumors that children who make it across the U.S. border will receive amnesty through President Barack Obama’s 2011 Deferred Access for Childhood Arrivals program or his immigration reform legislation that’s stalled in the Senate.

Neither would apply to new immigrants crossing the border, but criminal networks have successfully convinced thousands of children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to illegally immigrate to the U.S. since Obama’s DACA program was announced two years ago.

On the trip many children are mentally and physically abused at the hands of the smugglers.

‘I think the saddest thing about this whole story is the exploitation of the children,’ committee chair Mike McCaul said, noting that he never thought he’d see detention centers at the border turn into ‘refugee camps.’

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