Deportations will backfire, immigration expert predicts

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SAN DIEGO — Deportations are already underway as a group of unaccompanied minors is returned to Honduras and more deportations are likely to follow.

Immigrants From Central America Set To Arrive In San DiegoWe need to be careful that we just don’t add fuel to the fire,” said Ev Meade, Director of University of San Diego Trans-Border Institute.

Meade has studied and tracked the migration of Central Americans to the U.S. border well before the issue made national headlines.

He believes deporting these migrants may be a quick fix that will backfire.

“Deportations won’t work as a deterrent, everything we know about child migration in the last 25 years is the first thing in a deported kids mind is how am I going to come back,” he stressed.

Immigration activists are also against the deportations claiming many of these migrants are being sent to their deaths in some of the world’s most violent countries and claim these migrants deserve asylum.

Meade says that burden of proof is high.

“Asylum is really hard to prove and so even if they’re to make an asylum claim, they have to present specific evidence, not just that things are bad in their home countries but that you personally have been targeted and targeted because you’re a member of a protected group so no one can tell you right off the cuff that all of these kids or even a significant portion of these families somehow deserve asylum,” said Meade.

The border expert also blamed the current crisis at the border to the lack of immigration reform, which Congress has failed to pass.

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  • txminutean

    THE 2006 "SECURE FENCE ACT" PROMISE AMERICANS A 700 MILE DOUBLE LAYERED FENCE COSTING $6 BILLION +$5.5 BILLION FOR 60,000 NATIONAL GUARDSMEN. For 1/10th the cost of the $113 billion that Illegal Aliens cost to U.S. annually we can build the fence & shut down the border. —————————————————–
    $$$ illegal aliens cost States=$89 billion // Fed Gov't=$24 billion per year *FOR A TOTAL OF $113 BILLION ANNUALLY…. $$$…..Since 1986 "amnesty": Illegal Aliens cost U.S. Citizens $ 3 TRILLION !! *Immigration Lawyers is a $30 billion dollar industry !…The Border Patrol has 21,444 agents w/salary of President Obama's fiscal 2014 budget request includes $12.9 billion for Customs and Border Protection. (Average US Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Agent salary is $75681. With over 21,444 agents, the U.S. Border Patrol is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the United States) *BORDER AGENTS SALARIES TOTAL = $1.6 BILLION….// The cost of deploying 1,200 National Guard troops to the border, is $110 million per year; THE COST OF 60,000 NATIONAL GUARDSMEN TO MILITARIZE THE BORDER FOR A YEAR WOULD ONLY COST $5.5 BILLION ! * You do the math $12.9 billion-$5.5 billion=$7.4 billion cheaper to militarize our U.S. Borders ! *60,000 National Guardsmen will shut down the border to "illegal alien" traffic and illegal drugs from cartels! COMPARE COST OF ILLEGAL ALIENS $113 BILLION vs $5.5 BILLION FOR SEALING THE MEXICAN BORDER. As Obama Admn. complains of not enough money for; roads, bridges, student loans, k-12 programs ect……FUNDING WOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM; THE BILLIONS SAVED BY SEALING THE BORDER WILL FUND THOSE NEEDS !! Those who advocate another "AMNESTY" don't mention that it will cost $4-6 TRILLION DOLLARS. (Remember that every dollar spent on Illegal aliens="FOREIGN NATIONAL TRESPASSERS" is money not going toward shoring up Social Security, College Pell Grants, Student Loans ect…Let's "secure the border" and begin spending tax dollars on U.S. CITIZENS AND U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE. *NOTE; THE 2006 "SECURE FENCE ACT" PROMISE AMERICANS A 700 MILE DOUBLE LAYERED FENCE COSTING $6 BILLION. So for 1/10th the cost of the $113 billion that Illegal Aliens cost to U.S. annually we can build the fence & shut down the border.

    • Joey

      Also if they catch these illegal aliens, why do they have to bring them inside the country for processing? They should just send them back to the border where they broke in right away!

  • George Gootee

    Of course deportation won’t work if you don’t do it. Why aren’t the countries these people are coming from held accountable? No more foreign aid until they take responsibility. We shouldn’t have to support the entire world, nor can we.

  • Sally

    One thing back firing on Obama and the Dems is the African Americans are pissed, American children dying in inner cities because of violence and the Dems want to bring in illegal alien children and give them each $260.00 per day.

      • Robert

        Moron, listen up, they had to enter Mexico is was with a work vista. Mexico and the Dems were both behind this.

  • RaysAddiction

    The border expert also blamed the current crisis at the border to the lack of immigration reform, which Congress has failed to pass. (Story)
    Congress wanted the border SECURE before any reform. They knew it was not secure. And they were right!

  • Jerry T

    Send all the illegal border crossers to Nevada so they can hang with Harry Reid….that lying sack of sh*t.

    • Eric

      Its funny how only unemployed white trash seem to have the issues with immigrants. Lol maybe if you guys went to college and got real careers you wouldnt be fighting imigrants for housing and jobs! You people make me feel ashamed to be white!

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