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    US Moves to Stop Flow of Migrant Kids to Border

    Sandra Ramirez stands with four of her children along the walkway to the United States to support members of the group Border Dreamers, Tijuana, Mexico, March 10, 2014.
    Sandra Ramirez stands with four of her children along the walkway to the United States to support members of the group Border Dreamers, Tijuana, Mexico, March 10, 2014.
    Luis Ramirez
    The Obama administration is moving to stop the flow of mainly Central American children arriving at the southern U.S. border.

    U.S. officials say tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have made their way illegally across the southwestern border over the last eight months.

     
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden waves to photographers at the National Palace in Guatemala City, June 20, 2014.U.S. Vice President Joe Biden waves to photographers at the National Palace in Guatemala City, June 20, 2014.
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    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden waves to photographers at the National Palace in Guatemala City, June 20, 2014.
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden waves to photographers at the National Palace in Guatemala City, June 20, 2014.
    Their numbers have overwhelmed U.S. immigration facilities, and the Obama administration on Friday announced new measures to deal with the influx, including plans to open new detention centers and dispatch more judges, lawyers, and asylum officers to deal with the cases.

    While some of the immigrants are being considered for asylum, many are not eligible for entry into the United States.

    The administration is targeting what White House spokesman Josh Earnest said is false information leading many to make the dangerous journey north.

    “So much of what we're seeing on the southern border is the result of a deliberate misinformation campaign that is propagated by criminal syndicates in Central America," he said. "That misinformation is causing some people who are in a rather desperate situation to risk their lives to come to the United States border expecting that they'll be able to stay in this country. That is simply not true.”

    Vice President Joe Biden Friday took that message to Guatemala, where he met with officials from the region.

    The administration has announced it will start detaining families at the border. Until now, U.S. authorities have in some cases held families briefly before releasing them in the U.S., pending court dates.

    The immigrants transit through Mexico. On Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Pena Nieto, by telephone about the two countries' shared responsibility to address the root causes of the mass migration.

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    by: Wiggl Wagon
    June 21, 2014 4:39 AM
    The solution to the problem of illegal immigration is very simple and very cheap.

    Congress should institute a bill mandating prison time without parole for the employers of illegal workers. That would virtually end the problem of illegal immigration. That would also put at least 8 million American workers back on jobs and paying taxes instead of needing to collect unemployment and welfare.

    Actually, it would not just be cheap. America would come out hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars ahead. Just think, 8 million families off of welfare and back to paying taxes like they used to do when America was enforcing it's laws.

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