Thomas Homan, the head of deportation operations at ICE, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that only about 3% of the more than 125,000 unaccompanied minors who entered the country illegally over the last two years have been deported. Homan said that Spanish language media is giving instructions on how to avoid ICE agents and foil deportation orders.
Spanish-language media and human rights activists are actively educating illegal immigrants on how to break the law, avoid immigration agents and remain in the country even after a judge has ordered them to be kicked out, a top Obama administration official testified to Congress on Tuesday.
Sometimes families shield the children by refusing to open the door to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, and other times they move the children to other locations, breaking their agreement with the Obama administration to notify the government of the children's whereabouts.
In as many as 75 percent of cases, the children are actively hidden from agents sent out to try to deport them, Thomas Homan, the head of deportation operations at ICE, told the SenateJudiciary Committee.
"Even though we're out looking for them, it's getting more difficult, based on everything I just told you, to actually apprehend these people and remove them," he said.
Overall, only about 3 percent of the more than 125,000 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) who surged across the border in the last 30 months have been deported, as Mr. Homan and his agents struggle with the sheer size of the population and the difficulties in tracking them down.
The Department of Homeland Security last month began trying to target children and families for deportation, working about 1,800 leads. But only 121 were actually rounded up.
Mr. Homan said that's because when they show up at the address where the children are supposed to be staying, usually the agents leave empty-handed.
"For the number of UACs we arrested since January, three times as many weren't at the address they were supposed to be at, never were or weren't there any longer. The Spanish media, Spanish newspapers, a lot of NGOs are educating these folks on how not to comply with law enforcement," Mr. Homansaid. "There's been many situations where we've been at the residence, we know they're there, but they won't open the door. My officers don't have the authority, of course, to go into that house."
What a pitiful effort. We know where they are, we even know they're in the house, but don't have the "authority" to go in? If they know these facts, why can't they get a search order? A lawful deportation order has been issued and the government won't do what's necessary to enforce it.
This is ICE going through the motions, probably per the instructions of their superiors. And there's another problem; a recent GAO report claims that DHS, who are responsible for caring for the illegal minors, play a dangerous catch and release game, handing over kids to sponsors who haven't been adequately screened. The chances that many of these kids end up as sex slaves, or worse, is pretty good.