United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas Brownsville Division, Andrew S. Hanen, has placed the Department of Homeland Security on the chopping board after writing an order stating that in four different occasions the DHS has involved themselves in helping illegal immigrant minors detained at the border with their human smugglers — returning the minors to their illegal immigrant parents residing here in the U.S.
According to the Daily Caller, one particular case involved an illegal immigrant mother living in Virginia. Patricia Elizabeth Salmeron Santos, had agreed to pay $8,500 to have human smugglers bring her her child from El Salvador. After the smuggler, Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez, was arrested and the child was detained at a Texas border checkpoint, the DHS, instead of arresting, prosecuting, or initiating deportation proceedings against Salermon Santos, went ahead and delivered the child to her.
The judge noted that in all four cases, the American taxpayer ended up on the hook for the final delivery.
“In all cases when the Government apprehended some of the traffickers, the Government transported the children across the country to unite them with a parent (or parents) who was in the country illegally. In one situation, the Government flew a child to multiple locations in different parts of the United States. The taxpayers of the United States suffer the expense of delivering these minors,” Hanen wrote.
“This is an absurd and illogical result. The DHS could reunite the parent and child by apprehending the parent who has committed not one, by at least two different crimes,” he continued.
The judge added that “the failure by DHS to enforce current United States law” is concerning because illegal activities of this kind help fund drug cartels. It also undermines the deterrent effect of the nation’s immigration laws and lowers the moral of the men and women risk their lives to enforce the law, he wrote.
The order comes as Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions and the union representing ICE officers and staff have been sounding the alarm about lack of immigration enforcement at DHS, with the Alabama lawmaker recently issuing a “Timeline of Administrative Non-Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law.”