Tim Donnelly wants immigrant kids deported

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who lost last month’s gubernatorial primary election, wants California and federal agencies to start deporting the thousands of young illegal immigrants who’ve been rushing to U.S. borders in recent months from violence-ravaged Central American nations.

Tim Donnelly“Rather than dump these children on our streets to become victims again, we need to do what is in their best interest which is to restore them to their natural parents in their home countries,” Donnelly, R-Hesperia – a former Minuteman anti-illegal-immigration activist – wrote in a letter Wednesday to the officials at the state Department of Social Services, U.S. Border Patrol, Riverside County and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“Study after study irrefutably indicate that children who are raised by their birth parents, even if they are imperfect or living in difficult circumstances, have a better chance of achieving long–term success if the family unit stays intact,” he wrote.

Donnelly’s letter comes a day after Homeland Security buses carrying immigrant children and families were rerouted Tuesday to a facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a suburban processing center. The standoff in Murrieta came after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to complain to elected officials about the plan to transfer the Central Americans to California to ease overcrowding of facilities along the Texas-Mexico border.

More than 52,000 unaccompanied children – mostly fleeing at their parents’ behest from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras – have been detained after crossing the Texas-Mexico border since October in what President Barack Obama has called a humanitarian crisis. Many of believed they would receive leniency from U.S. authorities.

“News stations are reporting these children are to be ‘processed’ and ‘released,’” Donnelly wrote. “There have also been credible reports these children are being sent to our country by the drug cartels with only a phone number of a contact in our state. The Border Patrol have been instructed they are not to check the backgrounds or immigration status of the contacts state side … in other words, our government has completed the drug cartels communication ring at taxpayer expense and no government agency is doing their duty to prevent this from happening.”

Donnelly wrote that he wants to know to whom these children are being released, and whether background checks are being done on those people to see if they are “illegally present in our country, and by the very nature of their status, are unable to provide the safety and stability these children desperately need.”

He also wants to know where children without relatives in California will be released, and what sort of action plans various counties have to deal with the influx.

“We have a moral obligation to protect the most vulnerable among us. I can think of no group at greater risk than ‘unaccompanied minors’ – these children are alone and their parents are thousands of miles away,” Donnelly wrote. “The Border Patrol is reporting that nearly one third of the girls, ages 10-14, have been raped during their journey to our country, and many of them are now pregnant. This is unconscionable.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Willis James

    I don’t know the entire answer to this recent surge at the border, but at some point the humanitarian solution will involve taking whatever steps are needed to stop these people from setting out on a dangerous journey that we can’t allow to be completed with residency.
    If the word goes out, everyone can stay, or children can stay, you can imagine what the future train loads will look like.
    Look at this one from The Economist website


    The answer to the Donnelly’s of the world is to offer another solution that will stop the current mess from growing 10 fold as it quickly can if we allow all the children to stay.
    BTW, it is said that the 16 and 17 year old males make up over 75% of those deemed children. In Central America a 16 or 17 year old isn’t a child, but rather a worker.
    How will they impact our current 20% to 30% plus unemployment rate in our own lower skilled young men?

    At some point reality hits our East Bay progressive views. How about our own unemployed young men in East Oakland where I live?
    Are we suggesting these young arrivals will be doing only jobs our own young men are unwilling to do in the East Bay?
    Tell me, which jobs are those, and which group of young East Bay men are you singling out as unwilling to do that work? Give me a profile of those who won’t work.
    Finally, just on ABC Evening news tonight, they follow a group of women and children being release to a bus station. Showing them all getting on buses heading north.
    All they had to do was promise to show up in the city they were going and be at their immigration court hearing.
    So ABC news followed them and guess what? They didn’t show. ABC news says less than 20% show up for their hearing.

    That is ABC news reporting, not some right wing Donnelly type giving the facts.

    Again, tell me about that young East Oakland male who is unwilling to do the work, many say the newly arriving 17 year old is going to do, because Americans won’t do it.
    I want you to tell me all about that young East Oakland male who won’t work. Please profile him so we know who you are talking about.
    We know there is 20 to 30 percent unemployment in that group. Or are we going to just ignore their economic plight until they turn to other pursuits.
    East Bay politicians completely ignore this picture when they speak about our current immigration mess.

  • Elwood

    New drinking game:

    Every time a bleeding heart liberal lunatic dimmiecrat says “humanitarian crisis” you take a drink.

  • drewsky51

    I’m all for it, as long as THIS IDIOT gets on the bus first!

  • Synchronized

    Why only allow the Latino refugees in? We might as well accept all Haitian, Iraqis, Central African refugees etc. around the world who all want to live here. After all, they’re all escaping violence and crime in their home countries. Nevermind the deterioration of neighborhoods, schools, prisons, healthcare, etc.