Feds aid and abet child smuggling by flying illegal immigrant children to parents in Hawaii

Back in December a federal judge in Texas accused the federal government of aiding and abetting child smuggling, because it provided the final leg of the conspiracy.

A illegal immigrant Salvadoran mother living in Virginia paid human traffickers $8,500 to smuggle her 10-year-old daughter into the U.S., but after the daughter was caught in Texas, according to the judge, the Department of Homeland Security paid to transport the daughter to her mother.

Free trip to Hawaii, anyone?

Apparently this is now a standard operating procedure.

In the first half of this year, eight unaccompanied illegal alien children picked up in the continental U.S. have been flown at taxpayer expense to sponsors in Hawaii, according to a reporter for Watchdog Wire-Hawaii. Most of those sponsors were the relatives of the children and more than half were parents. It is doubtful any of those “sponsors” are in the country legally, since the U.S. has generous accommodations for reuniting family members with legal residency.

Watchdog reported that former U.S. Rep. Charles Djou, R-Hawaii, said he doesn’t believe taxpayers should be covering their airline tickets to Hawaii. “What an incentive,” Djou said this is for more illegals.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville wrote in December:

“This Court is quite concerned with the apparent policy of the Department of Homeland Security (hereinafter ‘DHS’) of completing the criminal mission of individuals who are violating the border security of the United States. Customs and Border Protection agents stopped the Defendant at the border inspection point. She was arrested, and the child was taken into custody. The DHS officials were notified that Salmeron Santos instigated this illegal conduct. Yet, instead of arresting Salmeron Santos for instigating the conspiracy to violate our border security laws, the DHS delivered the child to her — thus successfully completing the mission of the criminal conspiracy. It did not arrest her. It did not prosecute her. It did not even initiate deportation proceedings for her. The DHS policy is a dangerous course of action. …

“In summary, instead of enforcing the laws of the United States, the Government took direct steps to help the individuals who violated it. A private citizen would, and should, be prosecuted for this conduct.”

Hanen’s 10-page order: Smuggling case

3 comments on “Feds aid and abet child smuggling by flying illegal immigrant children to parents in Hawaii

  1. Rincon says:

    The problem is a justice system that crawls. With an efficient court system, then mom and daughter could be quickly deported, but with ridiculous backups, it’s far more expensive to house both mother and daughter in detention centers than to deliver the kid to her mother and pursue deportation at the Justice Department’s leisurely pace.

  2. Athos says:

    Is this a great country or what?

  3. […] laws — as found by a federal judge. Border Patrol agents, multiple times, knowingly helped smuggle illegal immigrant children into the U.S.; “the DHS is encouraging parents to seriously jeopardize the safety of their […]

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