O’Malley: U.S. Shouldn’t Send Immigrant Children Back to ‘Certain Death’

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Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Maryland) -- CNN

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Maryland) — CNN

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley advocated for sympathy for the surge of young Central American immigrants flooding the U.S. southern border, arguing that to turn the children away without due process would be un-American given what violence awaits in their home countries.

“We are not a country that should turn children away and send them back to certain death,” he told reporters Friday at a National Governors Association meeting in Nashville.

A potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, O’Malley’s comments break from those made by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a CNN town hall event last month.

Clinton is seen as the prohibitive Democratic frontrunner in 2016, should she decide to jump in the race.

She told moderator CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that the United States needs to “send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border doesn’t mean your child gets to stay.”

“They should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are, because there are concerns whether all of them should be sent back,” Clinton said. “But I think all of them who can be should be reunited with their families.”

The pro-GOP opposition research shop, America Rising, pounced on O’Malley’s split with Clinton on immigration, posting audio of his comments to its website and highlighting the two Democrats differing stances on the heated issue.

The Obama administration has asked Congress for nearly $4 billion in emergency funds to help speed up the processing of the child immigrants. But Republicans immediately raised concerns, especially over cost of the measure. And the fact that midterm elections are less than four months away doesn’t help.

O’Malley said the children deserve due process under U.S. law.

“They should have their ability to make their case for protection and asylum in the United States,” he said.

“I believe that it is contrary to everything that we stand for as a people to try to summarily send back to death, whether it’s in famine; death whether it’s in the middle of the ocean; death whether it’s in a war torn area or death in a place where gangs are the greatest threat to stability and the rule of law and Democratic institutions in this hemisphere.”

CNN’s Steve Brusk contributed to this report.


  • William Denison

    Governor O’Malley received his bachelor’s degree from Catholic University and his law degree from the University of Maryland.Governor O’Malley received his bachelor’s degree from Catholic University and his law degree from the University of Maryland.
    Martin and his wife, Katie, a District Court judge, have two daughters, Grace and Tara, and two sons, William and Jack. They are members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
    Need I post more?

    • William Denison

      The Catholic church has members of its cult in both parties Its their dogma that is the reason for the population explosion in Mexico, Central and South America. Now that these fine church goers have run out of room in their third world countries they are being welcomed by their cult here. After all the Catholic church was losing members by the boat loads for years and needs fresh meat.

  • Paul

    Stupid Liberal….US citizens deserve due process….illegal immigrants of any age, sex or nationality don’t “deserve” anything nor are they entitled to anything.

  • Dan

    Obama likes his pen so much….. use it and close that border. Then decide what to do with what we have already. Put them on a plane and send them back. 4 billion??? Give me 2 billion and I’ll take them back myself. Obama thinks there might be a genious in the bunch somewhere, well find him and send the rest back.
    There are ways to come to this country, and it’s legal, there is a reason they are called illegal immigrants. Yes they may be chidren but it won’t be long before the parents need to be up here with their kids. A country without a border, is not a country anymore. When they tell them where they are from, there should be a bus waiting to take them back.

  • Rebecca Hergert

    I’ve been clued to CNN/FOX/LOU DOBBS reports coming in here, where the children are used as pawns to deliver drugs, if they don’t, if get shot/killed.
    Our country has enough problems as it is, with the drug trafficking/un-employment.
    We don’t need any more head-aches here!!
    Send them back!!!

  • Dave Whitney

    I’ve been watching this crisis as we all have. Just the other night on NBC a correspondant was in Guatamala where many of these kids come from.
    The amount required is from 3500 to 7000 (currency was not specified but I have to assume it is their currency. It CAN NOT be US dollar amount) per kid to the coyote to travel to the USA via Mexico.
    Where is this money coming from?!?!????
    We have been told and ‘shown’ that the poorest of poor in Central America barely make enough to put food on the table in a ramshackled pieced together from scrap dirt floor home. Yet, some are somehow saving up to 7k to buy travel here.
    (If the currency demanded by the coyote is USD, then you can multiply that by at least 10. That would equate to $35,000 to $70,000. Check currency rates.So the currency HAS to be local.)
    Imagine if your salary was sliced down to just almost the food budget level and NOTHING else. Now save 7 grand.
    Something isn’t adding up here. For that kind of cash, they could increase their lifestyle incredibily!! Yet they spend it on a perceived dream. Seriously, they would be better off down home with that kind of cash. Here? Minimum wage and living our economy. Good Luck.
    A clear solution to this crisis is an educational program to show them their 7k ain’t worth squat here compared to home.

    PS, I think the violence situation is overblown. It isn’t like armies of cartels are marching through villiages exterminating all. Is it bad? Sure. But see Chicago. If you only had that as information, you might think it that way in Iowa too. But of course it isn’t.

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