- Posted July 9, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The Law Behind the Immigration Problem
Rather than taking a side on this, here are the facts:
October 2000, the Clinton administration created a law called: Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000
This law was created to protect children who are victims of sex trafficking and giving them asylum in America.
In 2008 There was an amendment made. It was created by Howard Berman a Democrat from California who pushed the law through the house and senate. Bush signed it in 2008, the last bill he signed.:
William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008
This good intentioned bill was made without an intent to increase the amount of immigrants, it was made to further protect children. However, there is one section in there that illegal immigrants learned to exploit:
Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop policies and procedures to ensure that unaccompanied alien children in the United States are safely repatriated to their country of nationality or of last habitual residence.
Sets forth special rules for unaccompanied alien children from contiguous countries.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) develop a safe repatriation pilot program for alien children; and (2) negotiate child repatriation agreements between the United States and countries contiguous to the United States designed to protect children from severe forms of trafficking in persons.
States, with specified exceptions, that the care and custody of unaccompanied alien children in the United States shall be the responsibility of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sets forth related provisions respecting: (1) notification of, and transfer to, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); (2) age determinations; (3) safe placement; (4) legal and child advocate access; (5) immigration status adjustment and asylum protections; and (6) assistance eligibility.
Authorizes the Secretary of Heath and Human Services to award grants to, and enter into contracts with, voluntary agencies to carry out such responsibilities.
In summary, this act protects children to come to america
Honestly there will always be ways for immigrants to exploit the law. This is not Bush's or Clinton's fault. This is something the current president needs to address and fix, as all presidents need to.