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Lawmakers React to Obama's Request for Border Funds

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 9, 2014.
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 9, 2014.
Cindy Saine

President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to deal with the humanitarian crisis of an influx of unaccompanied children at the U.S. border with Mexico is dominating discussion on Capitol Hill.

Democrats are calling for immediate action to fulfill his request, while most Republicans are blaming the Democratic president for the crisis and asking why he is not heading to the border.

House Speaker John Boehner met with members of his Republican caucus Wednesday to discuss the president’s request for emergency supplemental funds to deal with the child immigrant situation on the southwest border.

Sources inside the closed meeting say Boehner told members the House needs to act on the request before leaving for a long August recess.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Boehner said a group of Republicans who have been focusing on immigration issues and the House Appropriations Committee are reviewing the request, and that he will wait for their input. But he also again called for tougher action on border security:

“If we don’t secure the border, nothing is going to change," he said. "If you look at the president’s request, it is all about continuing to deal with the problem. We have got to do something about sealing the border and ending this problem so that we can begin to move on with the bigger question of immigration reform.”

House Democrats held a separate meeting, and their leaders came out calling for immediate action to comply with the president’s request.

“Yes, we need to pass this supplemental so that we can address the humanitarian crisis of children — these are children — who are coming across as refugees because of the violence they are facing in their homelands,” said Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY).

Homeland Security officials say the vast majority of an estimated 52,000 unaccompanied children who have crossed the border into the U.S. this year come from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, where drug-related violence has escalated.

President Obama is visiting Texas for talks on the border issue Wednesday, but is not planning on traveling to the border.

A number of Republican senators condemned the president for this on the Senate floor, including John Cornyn of Texas.

“How can you have a humanitarian crisis, as the White House has called this, and not want to go see it for yourself? Maybe you will actually learn something?" he asked.

Obama administration officials say a number of top-level officials have recently visited border facilities housing the children, and that the president is well informed on conditions there.

The president has said he will take executive action on the larger issue of immigration reform because the Republican-led House of Representatives has not allowed a vote on comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

The U.S. Senate passed immigration reform legislation one year ago.

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by: Juan Chavez from: Massachusetts
July 13, 2014 11:52 PM
We need to send a message that illegal immigration is not going to be tolerated. We need to send these illegals back.


by: michelle from: chapman
July 09, 2014 6:45 PM
There is no issue bigger than the well being of 52,000 children. I don't care where they come from. They are here requesting our help.

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by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 10, 2014 3:30 AM
Thank you Michelle. Nice to hear a comment with common sense. People want us to spend the money to deport them. Then I say, kill 2 birds with 1 stone! Rounding up 52,000 illegals with criminal records, send them packing and help these kids!

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