Bachmann: ‘We Saw Border Processing, Not Border Security’

Penny Starr | July 29, 2014 | 9:55am EDT
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The Border Patrol guards a section of fence that collapsed in heavy rains near Nogales, Ariz. on Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo)

( - Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), recently returned from a trip to the Southwest border, says no one is being turned away:

“We saw border processing, not border security,” Bachmann said in a news release describing her trip to Brownsville, McAllen and Laredo.

“While the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agency performs admirably on a daily basis, their purpose has become people processing -- not stopping foreign nationals from unauthorized entry into the U.S.

“Currently, not one person who attempts to come into the country is stopped; instead, they are taken to a processing center before a decision is made if they will be allowed to stay,” she added.

Bachmann blames President Barack Obama for the thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America and other illegal aliens who are pouring across the border:  

“Everywhere we went, the response was virtually the same: This is a crisis of President Obama’s own making,” she said. "The real problem is the President’s lack of political will to enforce the laws on the books and do whatever it takes to secure our border."

As of June -- nine months into fiscal 2014 -- 57,525 “unaccompanied minors” and “family units” have been taken into custody, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. Some 57,234 of those are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

“The United States generously welcomes new immigrants, but they must come through the legal channels,” said Bachmann, who traveled to Texas with Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). “It’s time that we start sending a message that the rule of law matters and illegal behavior will not be rewarded.”

Bachmann said the solution to the border crisis is completing a border fence, amending the law that treats children from non-contiguous countries differently than those who enter from Canada or Mexico, and revoking Obama’s 2012 executive order that defers deportation for certain illegal aliens who were brought to this country as children.

The White House, meanwhile, reportedly is considering a pilot program that would give refugee status to young people from Honduras, which could be expanded to Guatemala and El Salvador. It involves screening youths in their home countries to determine whether they qualify for refugee status, the Associated Press reported.
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