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Most Democratic presidential candidates support decriminalizing unauthorized entry into the U.S.
DHS officials who spoke to The Daily Caller News Foundation said such a change would only exacerbate the crisis.
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Thomas Homan, Jeh Johnson and others have publicly lambasted the idea and believe the policy would essentially result in “open borders.”
Numerous officials who worked within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are ripping the idea of decriminalizing illegal immigration, a proposal being championed by most Democratic presidential candidates.
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“Everything they said about decriminalizing illegal entry, offering medical care for illegal aliens, they are talking about abolishing ICE, all of this rhetoric from the Democratic presidential candidates – it’s not going to help the crisis at the border. The last thing they should be doing is offering more incentives to come here,” Thomas Homan, former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said to the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Homan’s comments come after the first two Democratic presidential debates. During the second night of the debates, all ten of the candidates on stage raised their hands in support of providing taxpayer-funded health care to illegal immigrants. All but two of them raised their hands when asked if they wished to decriminalize illegal entry into the U.S.
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“I didn’t hear one idea how they’re going to figure the border. I didn’t hear one idea how they’re going to fix the system,” Homan continued. “It’s all about ‘what more can we do for those here illegally. What more can we do for those who violate our laws and enter the country illegally.’ They are definitely on the wrong side of this issue and I think it’s going to hurt them.”
Under U.S. law, it’s a misdemeanor to be caught illegally entering the country for the first time — a crime punishable up to six months in prison....
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