Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday that the thousands of unaccompanied minors who have been streaming across the U.S. border into Mexico are sometimes being placed with parents or guardians who also are in the U.S. illegally.
Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) asked Johnson at a House Judiciary hearing on the more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors that have come into the country illegally since January if some of those children would be placed with other illegal aliens.
“These kids have come here illegally,” Broun said. “They’ve been lawbreakers already, and you place them with families — and it’s my understanding that some of these families may be illegal themselves, is that correct?”
“I’m sure that’s true in certain circumstances, yes,” Johnson said.
ccording to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the number of unaccompanied minors apprehended along the southwest border has increased 99 percent from fiscal year 2013 (26,206) to fiscal year 2014 (52,193).
Predictions range from 60,000 to 90,000 the number that could come to the U.S. before the end of 2014.
“Our strategy is three-fold: (1) process the increased tide of unaccompanied children through the system as quickly as possible; (2) stem the increased tide of illegal migration into the Rio Grande Valley; and (3) do these things in a manner consistent with our laws and values as Americans,” Johnson said in his prepared testimony.