Monday, July 7, 2014
Jeh Johnson Noncommittal on Child Migrants: Homeland Secretary Wouldn't Say Whether Minors in U.S. Illegally Will Be Deported
The Secretary of U.S. Homeland Security Jeh Johnson declined on the Sunday news show circuit to say whether most of the children who have arrived in the United States in a recent increase in border crossings by Central American migrants likely would be deported. For the Wall Street Journal account, click here.
The truth of the matter is that it is extremely difficult to answer the question. As matters currently stand, the migrants are entitled to individual removal hearings with different outcomes depending on the circumstances of the individual cases. If Secretary Johnson were definitive one way or the other about what would happen to "most" of the child migrants, the U.S. government could be accused of prejudging the outcomes of individual cases.