Senator pushes to ditch Obama’s ‘catch and release’ of young illegals

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Senator Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, declared in an interview that it’s time to put an end to an Obama-era law, best known as “catch and release,” which lets unaccompanied, illegal aliens who are minors stay in the United States

The lawmaker said in the interview for Sunday’s “Full Measure” with Sharyl Attkisson that most unaccompanied minors aren’t actually children, and that some of these “children” go on to commit heinous crimes, such as with two older teens who were charged with the brutal rape of a 14-year-old Maryland girl at school last month.

Johnson said, “Of unaccompanied children, two-thirds are older than 15 years old. Two-thirds are males. Only 18 percent are less than 12 years old, so the unaccompanied children really aren’t children.”

A proponent of building Trump’s border wall, Johnson noted that “catch and release” is actually encouraging illegal immigration.

Johnson explained that the incentives we create in our laws have caused unintended consequences. “We should try and address what we can address, and we should end this lax enforcement. And this administration is definitely committed to doing so,” he vowed.

Law enforcement and community leaders have been well aware that gangs, such as the vicious MS-13, have been using the Unaccompanied Alien Child program to traffic their members into the United States. And some of those minor children have been abused as a result.

In regards to the recent brutal rape of a 14-year-old girl in a Maryland school bathroom by two illegals, aged 18 and 17, Johnson said the program that brought them in was partly to blame.

“In this case, you had a 17 and 18-year-old, you know, one from El Salvador, one from Honduras, who brutally and repeatedly raped a 14-year-old girl because they were in 9th grade with her. The fact is that once you get here as an unaccompanied child, and that’s any, … I guess unless you’re 18, you’re a child, you get to stay here. You get a notice to appear; you don’t even get a court date. Those types of tragedies, that tragedy with that 14-year-old girl could have been prevented if we really enforced our laws and if we end these incentives for illegal immigration,” he said.

H/T: Washington Examiner

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