- 27 июня 2014, 20:10
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Univision President and CEO Randy Falco is urging President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders to take action on the growing issue of unaccompanied children overwhelming the southern border of the United States, according to letters obtained by POLITICO.
"Make no mistake, the world is watching," Falco wrote in the letters sent on Friday to Obama and Reps. John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell. "We need to come together as one nation to treat these children as we would when national disasters happen."
An increasing number of immigrant children are fleeing Central America and crossing the U.S. border alone. Administration officials estimate about 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended along the southwestern border this fiscal year as of June 15.
"This is not about immigration reform and we should not tolerate attempts to politicize it. This is a humanitarian crisis in which many of the refugees are children, a crisis similar to what other countries around the world are experiencing," Falco wrote.
Falco asked why organizations such as the American Red Cross are not allowed to support the efforts and what condition the children are living in.
"Why is there a lack of transparency limiting any access beyond coordinated tours and approved footage and photos, adding to the concerns about the conditions in these centers?" Falco wrote.
Earlier this month another media mogul, News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch, wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal telling Congress not to drop immigration reform in the wake of Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat. During the 2012 presidential election, both Murdoch and Falco urged Mitt Romney to make a strong pitch on immigration.
Last week the White House unveiled a new plan to deal with the surge, including opening new detention centers and effectively speed up deportations. An inter-agency task force has also been assembled to respond. Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday he has appointed a "working group" of House Republicans tasked to respond to the border crisis, saying the president has allowed a national security and humanitarian crisis to develop.