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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

Hultgren Concerned Illinois Targeted for Receiving Influx of Immigrant Border Children

Jun 21, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today issued a statement on the situation involving an influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) across the southern border:

“The growing situation on the southern border is very concerning. It appears this administration, prone to manufacture a crisis, has endangered thousands of children by not vocally discouraging them from crossing our border unaccompanied by their family and in the care of human trafficking organizations.

“This week, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contacted my office, announcing preliminary steps being taken to begin moving Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) to locations in Olympia Fields, Illinois, as well as other locations throughout the Chicagoland area. We should immediately halt this effort. It is an ill-conceived stop gap solution that will only exacerbate the terrible situation for these children. Moving these children further away from the border unnecessarily elongates their legal limbo at orphanage-style federal facilities while they undergo removal proceedings.

“The administration should be returning these children to their countries of residence in a timely manner that respects human dignity and the law. While this situation continues to unfold, there are a number of questions the American people deserve to have answered: What is the real cause behind this influx?  What efforts are the administration taking to communicate to the governments in Latin and Central America that these children will not be granted asylum based on the economic hardship leading them here? What facilities—federal and non-federal—will be charged to house these children while undergoing removal proceedings, and why is Congress not being continually notified about where and why children are being moved?

“Yesterday the Speaker of the House called on the president to send our National Guard to the border to help enforce our laws while the Border Patrol has been overwhelmed. I echo this statement. If the president considers this a true humanitarian crisis and border enforcement clearly can't do its job, he should send in the Guard.”