In a remarkable admission on Wednesday, the Obama administration’s Department of Justice argued that granting a Constitutional “right” for illegal immigrant juveniles to have lawyers would make the border “completely open” for foreigners under 18 and attract even more illegal immigrants that the country can in no way handle.
Arguing before U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly in Seattle, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Leon Fresco, according to Politico, said that “a preliminary injunction which says that there is a constitutional right to counsel would mean — without an appropriation from Congress, which I believe is unlikely — that you could not remove any child under the age of 18 years old from the United States.” He said that would mean the “border is completely open for children under 18.”
“The government cannot stop the removal proceedings of every immigrant youth in the United States,” Fresco, who was formerly an aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, according to Politico. “That would create a magnet effect that the United States is not prepared to handle… That is free education for all those children being funded by localities and the states. That is whatever medical claims those children need plus an insecure border, because you have now sent the message internationally that no one here is going to be removed.”
The American Civil Liberties Union, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and a coalition of pro-amnesty groups sued the federal government to stop the deportation of illegal immigrants until they received taxpayer-funded lawyers. Fresco made his arguments two days after Obama declared that he would fight for “immigrant rights.”
There have been at least 63,000 illegal immigrant juveniles, nearly 90% of whom are teenagers, that have been detained at the border since October of last year. The Obama administration has released at least 37,000 illegal immigrant juveniles this year to communities across the nation, where they are eligible for various benefits and have been enrolling in schools. Federal officials expect at least 165,000 more illegal immigrants will be detained in the next fiscal year, which could put more of a strain on communities that are already struggling.
As Breitbart News has noted, the Obama administration has already “given $2 million in grants to provide illegal immigrant children who are awaiting hearings with lawyers.” In addition, as Reuters noted, the Senate’s comprehensive amnesty bill “that passed in 2013 has similar provisions to provide illegal immigrant children with taxpayer-funded lawyers.” Clamoring for the right to counsel for illegal immigrants, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has said, “no deportation without representation.” And House Democrats have also introduced a separate bill in Congress to provide more taxpayer-funded lawyers to illegal immigrant juveniles.