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A Death Sentence Or A Solution? Lt. Governor Candidates See Proposed Law Differently ^ | July 16, 2014 | SHELLEY KOFLER

Posted on 07/16/2014 9:24:09 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

The candidates for lieutenant governor have, not surprisingly, staked out opposing positions on a proposal that would speed the return of migrant children to their Central American countries.

The legislation moving through Congress comes from U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat from Laredo.

It calls for the thousands of Central American children detained at the border to be treated the same as Mexican children. Within seven days of being apprehended, a judge would hear their plea to stay in the United States. The judge would then decide on deportation within 72 hours.

Dan Patrick, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, cites the growing number of children crossing the border into Texas and says he supports the speedy hearing.

“This is not going to slow down until you send a message to the countries by sending the children back,” said Patrick while in Fort Worth Wednesday.

“There will always be exceptions to a case or someone in great danger. The judge can decide. If this isn’t a wake call to everyone in Washington to pass legal immigration reform I don’t know what is,” he said.

Patrick’s opponent, Democrat Leticia Van De Putte, says the requirement of a hearing within a week of detention could be a death sentence for some children. She says she talked with some of the children while visiting the Brownsville Detention Center Wednesday.

“These children I have visited with first hand don’t remind me of economic immigrants. They are more asylees, refugees fleeing for their lives,” said Van De Putte.

“What I worry about is a nine-year old child who is unaccompanied, who has seven days to put together the documents that could determine whether that child lives or dies. I’m worried that may not be enough time.”

Patrick describes the situation with the young migrants as “chaos.” He says agents needed to prevent drugs and criminals from coming over the border are being diverted to address the unaccompanied children.

Van De Putte believes local law enforcement along the border need more resources, but she says she saw in Brownsville and McAllen a situation that has become more orderly in the past few weeks.

KEYWORDS: aliens

1 posted on 07/16/2014 9:24:09 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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Democrat Leticia Van De Putte, says...she talked with some of the children while visiting the Brownsville Detention Center Wednesday

what strikes me is that this is the second or third time I've read that Dems have spoken with the children. But I haven't read a single account of a Rep having spoken with the children.

2 posted on 07/16/2014 9:45:09 PM PDT by blueplum
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The GOP would be less likely to make a sound bite out of it because there are big-picture, not little-picture, issues of concern here.

3 posted on 07/16/2014 11:46:23 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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true, but we have heard many complaints from Reps they weren’t (aren’t?) being allowed to interact on tours, so I think if one finally did, he/she would at least acknowledge they had that opportunity? The whole thing kinda reminds me of the healthcare bill meetings, where cellphones were confiscated and Reps locked out of rooms.

4 posted on 07/17/2014 12:11:31 AM PDT by blueplum
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