Coats Notes: How to Compassionately, Effectively Solve Our Border Crisis

Senator Dan Coats
2014-07-18 16:40:52
A message from Senator Dan Coats <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/coats_ topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ How to Compassionately, Effectively Solve Our Border Crisis More than 60,000 unaccompanied alien children - mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador - have been apprehended on America's southern border during this fiscal year. Another 40,000 family members - one or both parents traveling with their children - have been apprehended during the same time period. To put these numbers in perspective, just three years ago our Border Patrol apprehended 16,000 unaccompanied alien children. In fiscal year 2008, the number was 8,000. We cannot sit back and let this situation grow worse, as it does day by day. We must solve this humanitarian crisis and stem the flow of unaccompanied minors entering our country. I believe the solution involves four key components: 1. Enforcing existing law to stop the influx of illegal immigration and return those who have already come. Addressing the border crisis is about more than caring for the young boys and girls already in the United States. In reality, the crisis begins when these children start their trip, given the dangers of the journey. Those making the difficult trek from Central America are often in the hands of smugglers or drug runners, largely because of false information and promises that are not true. Sadly, many children experience violence on the way or never make it to the United States. Why are they risking their lives to make this journey? In 2010, the White House began administratively chipping away at our nation's immigration laws. This generated whispers of hope that ran rampant through the families of our Central American neighbors and gave many the false impression that reaching American soil guarantees a new life. This belief spread in 2012 when President Obama took a further step by essentially halting the removal of illegal immigrants who arrived as minors. Since that time, the rate of children coming illegally across our border has increased exponentially. Current law requires that these children be returned to their home countries as quickly and expeditiously as possible, and we must follow it. 2. A viable repatriation plan. Repatriation sends a clear message that the United States will send children back to their home country and unite them with their families. Parents will see children returned home, and perhaps not spend the money and risk the danger of sending their children away. We must deter children from even starting this arduous journey. A viable repatriation program must include a streamlined and appropriate processing system. The administration has some flexibility under current law to move families and children through immigration proceedings in an accelerated manner, but Congress needs to go further by changing current law to treat all unaccompanied alien children equally. 3. Working with the governments of Central American countries and insist they fully cooperate. The United States must make clear to Central American leaders that any assistance from our country is contingent on working with our government to break this cycle of illegal immigration. Unless we engage in a cooperative effort, the current cycle will remain intact. These countries can help law enforcement crack down on smugglers. 4. Reasonable care for the children while they are here. As unaccompanied minors await their day in court, providing adequate housing and care is the appropriate and compassionate response. Our country should continue to meet the needs of children who have been sent here. Given how rapidly this situation is escalating, the United States has a moral responsibility to swiftly solve this crisis. This situation involves more than just unaccompanied minors. We cannot ignore the national security implications of a weak border. 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Coats in the News Senator Coats discusses immigration on Fox 59 <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww.yout ube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dHN0kChwg0O4%26amp%3bfeature%3dyoutu.be> Lakeshore Public Media: Coats wants Stricter Russian Sanctions <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2flakeshore publicmedia.org%2fsen-coats-wants-stricter-russian-sanctions%2f> Coats Legislative Agenda Would Have Cut Over $100 Billion <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.coats senate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fpress%2frelease%2fcoats-legislative-agenda-woul d-have-cut-over-100-billion> Shelbyville News: Residents, organizations demand immigration reform from Washington <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.shelb ynews.com%2fnews%2farticle_3ce867e2-09ec-11e4-a2e5-001a4bcf887a.html> Coats: Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision marks a stand for religious freedom <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fcurrentin carmel.com%2fcolumn-supreme-courts-hobby-lobby-decision-marks-a-stand-fo r-religious-freedom> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww.yout ube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3d62Suje640Mk%26amp%3blist%3dUUipTNiqJBYHutxpMxo0UOY w> Click here <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww.yout ube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3d62Suje640Mk%26amp%3blist%3dUUipTNiqJBYHutxpMxo0UOY w> or on the image above to watch me speak with Gretchen Carlson on Fox News about the humanitarian crisis on the southern border. _____ Stay Connected <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.faceb ook.com%2fpages%2fSenator-Dan-Coats%2f180671148633644> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2ftwitter.c om%2fSenDanCoats> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.youtu be.com%2fSenatorCoats> _____ Coats with Hoosiers <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fcoats.sen ate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fphotos%2fjune-visits-with-hoosiers> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fcoats.sen ate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fphotos%2fcoats-tours-countrymark-refinery> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fcoats.sen ate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fphotos%2fcoats-tours-posey-county-flood-damage> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/071614 DanielL.DumbacherEnews.jpg> This week I had the opportunity to meet with future Purdue University Professor (and former NASA engineer) Daniel Dumbacher prior to his testimony before a Senate committee. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/Image( 5).png> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww.yout ube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dK6EisIhCZKI%26amp%3blist%3dUUipTNiqJBYHutxpMxo0UOY w> On Thursday, I met with Bill Owensby, the President of the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police, and Rick Snyder, 1st Vice President, to discuss solutions to the violence that recently has plagued Indianapolis. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/enews5 png> _____ To unsubscribe please Click Here <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fcoats.sen ate.gov%2fcontact%2fnewsletter%2funsubscribe> Contact Me <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fcoats.sen ate.gov%2fcontact%2f> Latest News <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fcoats.sen ate.gov%2f> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/iqtrk. gif?crop=15784.16097065.5532083.7189397>
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Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback.

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 How to Compassionately, Effectively Solve Our Border Crisis

More than 60,000 unaccompanied alien children – mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – have been apprehended on America’s southern border during this fiscal year. Another 40,000 family members – one or both parents traveling with their children – have been apprehended during the same time period. 

To put these numbers in perspective, just three years ago our Border Patrol apprehended 16,000 unaccompanied alien children. In fiscal year 2008, the number was 8,000.

We cannot sit back and let this situation grow worse, as it does day by day. We must solve this humanitarian crisis and stem the flow of unaccompanied minors entering our country.

I believe the solution involves four key components:

1. Enforcing existing law to stop the influx of illegal immigration and return those who have already come. 

Addressing the border crisis is about more than caring for the young boys and girls already in the United States. In reality, the crisis begins when these children start their trip, given the dangers of the journey. 

Those making the difficult trek from Central America are often in the hands of smugglers or drug runners, largely because of false information and promises that are not true. Sadly, many children experience violence on the way or never make it to the United States.

Why are they risking their lives to make this journey?

In 2010, the White House began administratively chipping away at our nation’s immigration laws. This generated whispers of hope that ran rampant through the families of our Central American neighbors and gave many the false impression that reaching American soil guarantees a new life.  

This belief spread in 2012 when President Obama took a further step by essentially halting the removal of illegal immigrants who arrived as minors. Since that time, the rate of children coming illegally across our border has increased exponentially. Current law requires that these children be returned to their home countries as quickly and expeditiously as possible, and we must follow it. 

2. A viable repatriation plan.

Repatriation sends a clear message that the United States will send children back to their home country and unite them with their families. Parents will see children returned home, and perhaps not spend the money and risk the danger of sending their children away. We must deter children from even starting this arduous journey. 

A viable repatriation program must include a streamlined and appropriate processing system. The administration has some flexibility under current law to move families and children through immigration proceedings in an accelerated manner, but Congress needs to go further by changing current law to treat all unaccompanied alien children equally.

3. Working with the governments of Central American countries and insist they fully cooperate. 

The United States must make clear to Central American leaders that any assistance from our country is contingent on working with our government to break this cycle of illegal immigration. Unless we engage in a cooperative effort, the current cycle will remain intact. These countries can help law enforcement crack down on smugglers.

4. Reasonable care for the children while they are here.

As unaccompanied minors await their day in court, providing adequate housing and care is the appropriate and compassionate response. Our country should continue to meet the needs of children who have been sent here. 

Given how rapidly this situation is escalating, the United States has a moral responsibility to swiftly solve this crisis. This situation involves more than just unaccompanied minors. We cannot ignore the national security implications of a weak border. 

For the sake of the rule of law, our national security and the safety of these children, it is imperative that we get this right.

Click or on the image above to watch me speak on the Senate floor about the humanitarian crisis on the southern border. 

Coats in the News

Senator Coats discusses immigration on Fox 59 

Lakeshore Public Media: Coats wants Stricter Russian Sanctions 

Coats Legislative Agenda Would Have Cut Over $100 Billion 

Shelbyville News: Residents, organizations demand immigration reform from Washington

 

Click  or on the image above to watch me speak with Gretchen Carlson on Fox News about the humanitarian crisis on the southern border. 


 Stay Connected

      


Coats with Hoosiers

 

 This week I had the opportunity to meet with future Purdue University Professor (and former NASA engineer) Daniel Dumbacher prior to his testimony before a Senate committee.

 

On Thursday, I met with Bill Owensby, the President of the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police, and Rick Snyder, 1st Vice President, to discuss solutions to the violence that recently has plagued Indianapolis.
 
 


 

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