‘Send Them Back’: Hillary Says Wave of Illegal Immigrant Children Should be Deported Back
Hillary Clinton raised some eyebrows at a CNN town hall event, bucking her own party’s position and telling the audience that the thousands of children illegally crossing the border into the US should be deported.
“They should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their family are,” Clinton said. “Because there are concerns about whether all of them can be sent back, but I think all of them that can be should be reunited with their families.”
Shortly after, Hillary added “we have to send a clear message: Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay. So we don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws, or we’ll encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.”
She noted, however, that first “we have to provide the best emergency care we can provide. We have children 5 and 6 years old who have come up from Central America.”
According to reports, the number of unaccompanied children entering the US illegally has skyrocketed.
In 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services took in 6,775 unaccompanied children. In 2012, that number grew to 13,625. In 2013, that number nearly doubled to 24,668. In 2014, more than 60,000 children are expected to illegally migrate to the US.
The Daily Mail reports “the federal government will spend more than $1 billion this year feeding, clothing, and otherwise babysitting the children until suitable adult guardians can be found.”