October 23, 2012
Oaul Bedard -- Washington Times -- October 21, 2014
As President Obama readies a post-election immigration plan expected to clear a path for citizenship for millions of illegals, his immigration czar on Tuesday said that the border is bracing for another surge of undocumented children, raising this year's wave across the southern border to some 130,000.
Leon Rodriguez, the new director of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, said that the federal government is already working to “prepare for another potential surge” across the border.
Part of that preparation includes a new focus on asylum requests and clearing the backlog of 400,000 claims.
Noting this year's historic wave of immigrants across the Mexico-U.S. border, Rodriguez said, “In order to process individuals more efficiently at the border, the unaccompanied children presenting claims, we have had to redeploy, we're also hiring more asylum officers.” He added, “We do have a lot of work to catch up.”
In introducing Rodriguez at the 11th annual immigration law and policy conference hosted by Georgetown Law School, Donald Kerwin, executive director for the Center for Migration Studies, put the year-long surge of undocumented youths at 130,000.
Related: Judicial Watch's Farrell: Obama 'Orchestrated' Border Crisis .