Congresswoman Candice Miller, a Michigan Republican, sent a letter to the White House this week urging President Barack Obama to send National Guard troops to the Nation’s southern border to deal with the unprecedented influx of underage illegal immigrants.
“I strongly urge you to call upon the National Guard to assist our overwhelmed border agents in not only addressing the unfolding humanitarian crisis, but also to assist our agents in defending our border against the violent drug cartels who are increasing smuggling operations as a result of this crisis,” Miller wrote in the letter released Monday. “Vital to the success of the National Guard along the border is providing them authority to not only patrol the border but to also enforce our laws and assist in arresting those illegally crossing the border.”
The Congresswoman, who serves as the chair of a top border security subcommittee, believes that tying up Border Security agents with paperwork needed to comply with Administration policies related to underage illegals is severely weakening patrols along the border.
“The Department of Homeland Security expects more than 60,000 migrant children to illegally cross the border this year alone and estimates could reach over 127,000 children in 2015. Such massive influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children is causing significant strain on border security resources along the southern border,” the lawmaker wrote. “Rather than carrying out their regular duties, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents are put in the position of providing basic child care. This diversion away from normal patrol responsibilities will result in an increase of drugs and migrants illicitly crossing our border.”
Miller also told the President that his decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is sparking a wave of illegal immigration caused by “the rise of rumors throughout Central America that if parents send their children to United States they will be allowed to stay.”
For that reason, the lawmaker argued, the White House should immediately embark on a public relations campaign to make clear to the United States’ southern neighbors: “if parents send their children to our border unaccompanied they will be sent home.”