Obama aide: We will stem tide on the border

Obama aide: We will stem tide on the border

Jeh Johnson

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Posted on July 6, 2014 at 11:56 AM

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As the Obama administration takes heat for a spike in illegal border crossings by migrants from Central America, a top aide says the government is stepping up the "turnaround times" for deportation.

"We're going to stem this tide," said Jeh Johnson, the secretary of homeland security, speaking on NBC's Meet The Press.

Johnson said deportations are being stepped up for adult migrants, and that facilities are being set up for the process of mothers and children.

Johnson also said that "special considerations" must be made for children who are arriving across the border by themselves.

Other guests on Sunday shows blamed the Obama administration for the surge of migrants from Central America.

"This is a failure of diplomacy," said Rick Perry, the Republican governor of Texas, speaking on ABC's This Week. "It is a failure of leadership."

Perry said he has been asking the Obama administration since 2010 to put more security resources on the border.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Tex., a Democrat appearing on CNN's State of the Union, said the Obama administration has been "one step behind" and "should have seen this coming" long before now.

"We should have been ready for this surge," Cuellar said. "The administration should have been ready."

On NBC's Meet The Press, Johnson said people are fleeing because of drug violence and dangerous conditions in Central America, particularly Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

Johnson also said that "smuggling organizations" operating in these countries are sending out false information about "free passes" into the United States.

"There are no free passes," Johnson said.

The best solution, Johnson said, is for Congress to "fix our broken immigration system."

 

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