WASHINGTON (July 14, 2014) U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, have teamed up to author a bill that would speed removals of the unaccompanied Central American minors who've been arriving by the tens of thousands at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The measure would allow Border Patrol agents to turn many of the children around quickly at the border.
Under current law, the youths stay in the U.S. while awaiting an eventual hearing in the backlogged immigration court system, something that can keep them in this country for years.
"Our proposal would improve the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2008, treating all unaccompanied minors equally and ensuring due orocess under the law in a timely, fair manner," Cornyn said.
Of more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors who've arrived at the border since October, only 1,254 had been returned home as of the end of June, according to a law enforcement official who spoke anonymously to discuss confidential data.