While lawmakers in Washington, D.C., debated a $659 million border bill on Thursday, officials at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that as of Friday a detention facility in Karnes City, Texas, will be ready to take in adults with children who are part of the ongoing tsunami of illegal aliens who entered the United States.
With the blessing of President Barack Obama, the Karnes County Residential Center, which has been modified specifically for the current crisis, is just one of several housing projects the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering to detain adults with children who are continuing to illegally crossing the Southwest border.
While the DHS claims these facilities will lead to more timely and effective deportations, as well as helping to deter others from illegally crossing into Texas, several local police and sheriffs believe there will be few who will actually be returned to their home countries in Central America.
"If these illegal aliens are going to be deported, then why would Obama have them scattered across the United States? Doesn't it cost more to transport someone from Chicago or New York than deporting them from Texas or Arizona?" asks former police captain Joel Larsky, who served on an inter-agency, anti-gang task force.
According to an Examiner news story, ICE is already using the police academy in Artesia, New Mexico --that's used to train Border Patrol agents -- as housing for illegal aliens, some who are reportedly wearing "gang tattoos."
However, the top official at DHS is attempting to sound tough, without having to be tough, say critics.
“In the face of unprecedented levels of illegal migration of adults with children and unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley, we have reiterated that our borders are not open to illegal migration; if you come here illegally, and don’t have a legal basis to stay under our laws, we will send you back,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.
“The opening of this additional facility represents our continued commitment to provide temporary facilities for adults with children while they undergo removal proceedings, and it is part of DHS’ sustained and aggressive campaign to stem the tide of illegal migration from Central America,” Johnson said in a press statement.
Some critics see this whole immigration problem as an intentionally created crisis by President Barack Obama and his underlings and political operatives.
"For Barack Obama, politics is about winning the disagreement, not building consensus. We know why. His career as a community organizer was not an effort to work with others but strictly to inflame like-minded partisans. He always won speaking to his own -- no broad consensus or leadership skills needed there" said Tom Del Beccaro, a California attorney and blogger.