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    Homeland Security Chief Grilled on Immigration

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson while testifying on Capitol Hill, Washington, June 24, 2014.
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson while testifying on Capitol Hill, Washington, June 24, 2014.
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    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he will consider "every conceivable lawful option" to deal with the huge flood of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States from Latin America.

    Johnson spelled out the steps his agency is taking to address the problem to a House panel Tuesday.

    They include using more resources to track down human traffickers and dismantle their organizations.

    Johnson also said the Obama administration has launched public information campaigns in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. He said families are being warned about the dangers of letting children head alone to the U.S, and the spread of wrong information about U.S. immigration laws.

    More than 52,000 immigrant children have illegally entered the U.S. from Latin America this fiscal year. Seventy-five percent are from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

    Many of the illegals are being held in detention centers in the southwest, awaiting processing and possible deportation.

    Some in Congress want President Barack Obama to deploy the National Guard along the Mexican broader.

    But Johnson called the immigrant influx a humanitarian issue as much as one of border security.

    He says the children reach the United States hungry, thirsty, scared, and vulnerable. Johnson says the way these children are treated reflects U.S. laws and values.

    Some information for this report comes from AP and AFP.

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    by: Roger Marple from: http://where-is-my-refund
    June 28, 2014 8:18 AM
    don't forget, now there are bands of children with no adults crossing from the MExican border

    by: David John Francis
    June 25, 2014 2:39 PM

    The economic impact of medical care, education
    and incarceration for illegal aliens forced on taxpayers is bankrupting Arizona.
    Why are such swarms entering the U.S. illegally
    NOW, particularly children? Newspapers in Mexico and
    Central and South America are
    actually describing U.S.
    “open borders,” encouraging people to come with promises of food stamps or
    “amnesty.” It is textbook Cloward-Piven strategy to overwhelm and collapse the
    economic and social systems, in order to replace them with a “new socialist
    order” under federal control.
    Carried by this tsunami of illegals are the
    invisible “travelers” our politicians don’t like to mention: diseases the U.S. had
    controlled or virtually eradicated: tuberculosis (TB), Chagas disease, dengue
    fever, hepatitis, malaria, measles, plus more. I have been working on medical
    projects in Central and South America
    since 2009, so I am aware of problems these countries face from such diseases.
    People express concern about child
    endangerment from illegal minors dumped on Arizona
    streets in hundred-plus degree heat, with no support. A bigger concern is
    American endangerment from life-threatening diseases added to social - See more
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