Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake have introduced the CREST Act (Children Returning on an Expedited and Safe Timeline Act) which facilitates illegal immigration from Central America at taxpayer expense and it does nothing to stop the border invasion or close the border.
In the original version of this article, I paraphrased the Liberty News report that the Act “makes it a federal crime to tell someone where a DHS, HHS or Border Patrol bus carrying illegal aliens is spotted, coming from or headed and makes it a federal crime to prohibit a DHS, HHS or Border Patrol bus from moving from point A to point B.” However, references to the buses appear to only be concerned with smuggling and are not directed against protesters.
However, it is true that the bill will encourage illegal immigration.
It enshrines the Obama Refugee Program into law as a new and potentially dangerous way of dealing with illegal immigration. It makes youthful illegal immigrants from Central America into refugees and it sets up a system by which we go into foreign countries to look for alleged “refugee” children.
It’s a precedent we might not want to set.
Senator McCain sees children as under 18 years, for example, but President Obama talks about age 30 and 35 years when he talks about DACA. Also, defining youthful illegal immigrants as “refugees”, not illegal aliens, makes it difficult or impossible to enforce immigration law with any youthful illegal immigrant.
The bill allocates $100 million for implementation to start.
It sets up processing centers in foreign countries to give illegal alien children refugee status.
The Act has absolutely nothing to do with the border crisis . It does NOTHING to secure the border.
The Washington Post said this about the Act:
“Congress has one unique, albeit relatively useless, talent – creating ridiculous, often meaningless, acronyms for legislation.”
“It’s called the CREST Act: Children Returning on an Expedited and Safe Timeline Act. But CREST itself has as much to do with the border as ‘Colgate.’ When asked if there was a broader connection to the immigration issue that we were missing, McCain’s office just said that ‘it’s an acronym.’ So just a catchy word.”
These are the provisions you need to know about:
- The bill will spend $100 million of our tax dollars when all they have to do is close the border.
- Refugees will be increased to 15,000 from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador combined (5,000 from each country.) We will go to these countries, pick out the would-be illegals, and fly them into our country at taxpayer expense. They will be given refugee status which means they get IDs, an income, food, housing and a path to citizenship. The precedent it is setting is very dangerous and will be abused.
- It does nothing to stop the invasion and secure the border.
- HHS and the new processing facilities in foreign countries will have a Big Government communication channel opened up.
The bill also does the following:
- It will allow UACs from non-contiguous countries to return home.
- It reforms the 2008 Trafficking Victims Prevention Act (TVPA) and will expedite deportations to days or weeks as opposed to indefinite.
- The Act requires UACs (unaccompanied alien children) to be under the custody of CBP or HHS until they are repatriated or their immigration cases have arrived at an outcome that allows them to remain in the U.S. (with exceptions for those with special needs who can join parents or other relatives in the states).
- The Act requires UACs to be under the custody of CBP or HHS until they are repatriated or their immigration cases have arrived at an outcome that allows them to remain in the U.S. with exceptions for those with special needs.
- Increases the number of judges hearing the cases and attorneys representing the UACs.
- It requires the “President to certify that Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador are doing everything they can to prevent the illegal migration of unaccompanied minors or risk losing foreign aid assistance and assist in the repatriation of their citizens.” [As if Mr. Obama can be trusted to do that.]
- Increases penalties for human smuggling – if they catch them.
U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire), Lindsay Graham (South Carolina) and Jim Inhofe (Oklahoma) also support this new legislation.
Notice: This post was edited after publication. Last updated at 12:41 EST