Sunday, August 3, 2014

Labrador Blames Obama, DACA For Abuse of Latin American Immigrant Children

Posted By on Sun, Aug 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Idaho Republican House Representative Raul Labrador blamed President Barack Obama Aug. 1 for the abuse of undocumented immigrant children making their way across the United States-Mexico border, the Twin Falls Times-News reports.

In a speech delivered on the House floor, Labrador decried Obama's 2012 executive action suspending the deportation of undocumented immigrant children, claiming it spurred the current wave of child immigration from Central and South America. Many of these children, Labrador said, are abused along the way to the United States.

“Many of these children that are coming to the border don’t make it across the river. There are reports of the discovery of small, lifeless bodies washed up along the riverbanks," he said.

In 2012, Obama implemented Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which temporarily suspended the deportation of thousands of undocumented immigrant children who arrived in the U.S. before 2007. DACA has been criticized by conservatives, who describe the program as a lure to immigrants, rather than a deterrent.

Labrador is among the architects of two immigration-related bills that cleared the House the evening of Aug. 1. The first was a $694 million bill to beef up border security; the second rolled back DACA. The bills are going nowhere fast, though: The U.S. Senate ended its session before debate on the bills could begin in the House.

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