News / USA

    Obama Says He Will Act Alone on US Border Crisis, Slams Congress

    President Barack Obama speaks about lack of action in Congress, Aug. 1, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington.
    President Barack Obama speaks about lack of action in Congress, Aug. 1, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington.
    Cindy Saine

    As House Republicans leaders scrambled to toughen up their border bills to win the support of their most conservative members, Democratic President Barack Obama blasted Congress for failing to send him an emergency funding measure to sign before lawmakers leave for a five-week August recess. 

    House Republicans began Friday with a closed meeting in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, one day after a failed effort to pass a supplemental funding bill in response to an influx of children from Central America.  Even the most conservative members emerged optimistic that the two border bills would now be changed to win the 218 votes needed to pass.  Republican lawmaker Michele Bachmann said the bills now do what a core group of conservative Republicans wants:

    “Stopping the invasion of illegal foreign nationals into our country,” she said.

    No action in Senate

    The Democratic-run Senate left town without passing a border bill.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted House Republicans for adding to the agenda a second border bill that would end an Obama administration policy of allowing hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children years ago to stay.

    “House Republicans will vote to deport children who have been living in the United States their entire lives, all in a pathetic attempt to appease the Tea Party,” he said.

    President Obama criticized House members for crafting border legislation they know will never be taken up in the Senate and that he has said he would veto.

    “House Republicans, as we speak, are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable versions of a bill that they already know is going nowhere,” he said.

    The president said Congress is leaving him no choice but to act on his own.

    “I am going to have to act alone because we don’t have resources.  We have already been very clear, we have run out of money,” he said.


    Watch related video report by VOA's Celia Mendoza and Ramon Taylor

    Border Patrol Members Discuss Dangers Facing Migrantsi
    X
    Ramon Taylor, Celia Mendoza
    August 08, 2014 7:38 PM
    As young, undocumented immigrants from Central America continue to come across the U.S.-Mexican border - in many cases fleeing poverty, crime and gang violence in their home countries - the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol are on the front lines of the effort to deal with the situation. VOA's Celia Mendoza and Ramon Taylor recently rode along with members of the Border Patrol in Texas' Rio Grande Valley to talk about the dangers migrants encounter when attempting to cross the border.


    Stopping the flow

    Republican lawmakers blame the president for contributing to the influx of 57,000 children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras this year, saying his rhetoric about immigration reform has caused confusion, which criminal trafficking gangs have exploited. Republican Congressman Tom Cole said the right thing to do is to send a clear signal to deter children from making the dangerous journey to America.

    “So we need to stop this flow.  We need to do in a humane and appropriate way,” he said.

    House Democrats took to the floor in large numbers to oppose the border bills, calling them harsh and mean-spirited towards desperate children.  Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez said Hispanic voters would remember the way Republicans treated the Central American children for many elections to come:

    “Because the way you treat one of us today is the way you have treated all of us, and we will remember that,” he said.

    Analysts say the president will likely have to shift funds to provide food and shelter for the children at the border, and that members of Congress will likely face the border issue again when they return in September. 

     

     

    You May Like

    US Lawmakers Vow to Continue Immigrant Program for Afghan Interpreters

    Congressional inaction threatens funding for effort which began in 2008 and has allowed more than 20,000 interpreters, their family members to immigrate to US

    Brexit's Impact on Russia Stirs Concern

    Some analysts see Brexit aiding Putin's plans to destabilize European politics; others note that an economically unstable Europe is not in Moscow's interests

    US to Train Cambodian Government on Combating Cybercrime

    Concerns raised over drafting of law, as critics fear cybercrime regulations could be used to restrict freedom of expression and stifle political dissent

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Charles from: Fort Worth Tx
    August 03, 2014 11:52 AM
    What about the Americans who lost their unemployment benefits and now they don't have bus fare or gas money to go to interviews. I guess they don't count, you have to be an illegal immigrant in order for this countries support. So So Sad!
    In Response

    by: Jill from: Pennsylvania
    August 04, 2014 11:46 PM
    Absolutely True!

    by: Nguyen Van Ry from: Viet Nam
    August 03, 2014 9:51 AM
    Ukraina: My view is unchanged on the Ukrainian file. I add some ideas for it now :
    - I respect status of the long standing power of Rusia and i do not like hurting it.
    - Sooner or later, Rusia will have to joint in to new custom of the new world. However, unchanged principles of Rusia may create some disadvantages for Rusia itself. I like creating sincere chances for Rusia to help them avoid a late train, but i myself can not do it alone. I hope The United States, European Union, Ukraina, Japan... and Rusia cooperate sincerely with eachother to end the Ukrainain file as soon as possible. However, Rusia should make a positve step as soon as possible to avoid blooding more. And oposite side should also not make more ties to isolate Rusia.
    I appreciate idea for the national - unified conference in Lybie. I hope it will be come a successful conference. All the sides should take part in that conference unconditionally . The extremists should see that conference with a sociable spirit. i will mention it later.
    Sincerity
    Nguyen Van Ry - Viet Nam
    In Response

    by: Jill from: Pennsylvania
    August 05, 2014 10:30 AM
    Yes, I agree with you that there should be a peaceful settlement in the Ukraine with equal treatment of all citizens, whether pure Ukrainians or those of Russian ancestry who live near the eastern border. The U.S. should stay OUT of the Ukraine and not give it any military aid or any aid of any kind as long as the new laws exist that only pure Ukrainians can hold civil service jobs and Jewish people must now fill out a form and register with the government that they are Jewish! In fact, as long as the Svoboda Party that" flies in the face of all democratic principles" (presently holds KEY positions in the Ukrainian parliament), has any representation in the Ukrainian government, its country is in danger of facing an ethnic cleansing led by said party!

    by: Nguyen van Ry from: Viet nam
    August 03, 2014 9:28 AM
    to mr Obama. mr Puotine. mr al Sissi, mr Francois Hollande:
    I quite know the United states can not adopt a legal status for Hamas - islamic movement now. However, to facilitate for an enduring friend between Israel and Palestine , The United States may contact Hamas in a reasonable method to tune thier relationship. I under take that i respect Palestinian people and Hamas is one part of Palestine. , but i have also similiar responsibility to ensure peaceful lives for Israel people.
    Hamas should minimize thier tensions on confrontation to Israel, should be the first side to respect ceasefire constantly. Israel should have also similiar responsibility. Thier differences can not be mellow in a short term. I repeat that there is no way than the way that they must co - exit ! I have been very interested in the hot international files but i can not do more in this Viet nam. I am always worry about security of the members of my family. many my relatives had been harmed under diguised artifices, they have been kept as hostages by secret plans for a long time and i could not protect them. Both of Israel and Hamas should know my anxieties. I can not take a journey out the world to search practical world because what things will i crop exept for unforgetable losses of my family ?

    by: Patrick from: Ca
    August 02, 2014 12:28 PM
    At least there is some decency left in this country! We need to work with our neighbors to the south, it is beautiful, but was destroyed by the Reagan bush years! Time to start fixing the messes that the CIA created!
    In Response

    by: Jill from: Pennsylvania
    August 03, 2014 3:12 PM
    We do not have a dictatorship here in the United States. This is not Cuba. Pres. Obama needs to stop acting in his own, come in line with our Constitution and laws, and yield to the checks and balances, mainly of the legislative branch, whom we, the people elected, and our Founding Fathers created, to prevent tyranny of any form, especially an executive branch that is presently making decisions on its own!
    In Response

    by: meanbill from: USA
    August 02, 2014 8:27 PM
    GOD HELP US.... Obama acted alone without Congress in attacking Libya and killing Qaddafi in 2011, and everybody in the world knows how that turned out, don't they?.... (nobody in the world is safe in Libya from being killed, if they're a Libyan or a foreigner)..

    And Obama bragged on the good job he'd done in attacking Libya and in helping kill Qaddafi when he "quote" said;... "We've protected thousands of people in Libya; We have not seen a single US casualty; There's no risk of additional escalation.. This operation is limited in time and in scope."...... How naïve Obama was and is, and because of him, Libya descended into unbelievable violence, killings, destruction and militia wars, and helped make it a failed state like Somalia..... (and now), Obama is going to fix the US border crisis on his own without Congress, (and naively believes), he can do anything worthwhile?..... like Libya?... God help us?

    by: Phil Davis
    August 02, 2014 9:55 AM
    I hope Obama offers immunity to them all. Come this Fall there won't be a Democrat elected to any office in this land and those who are elected will be in a position to invalidate every commandment coming from this man who has an exaggerated sense of self importance.

    by: Dianne
    August 02, 2014 9:35 AM
    If we can't even take care of legal Americans how are we to take care of sick and criminal illegals

    by: meanbill from: USA
    August 02, 2014 9:06 AM
    Since the US border states can't stop the illegal immigrants from crossing into their states, (the remedy could be), build big dirt roads going north to the blue states, with food and free medical treatment and tents along the way..... (Lets see then), how fast the blue states join the red states and build the fence to stop illegals from crossing the border?

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Baghdad Bikers Defy War with a Roari
    X
    June 28, 2016 10:33 AM
    Baghdad is a city of contradictions. War is a constant. Explosions and kidnappings are part of daily life. But the Iraqi capital remains a thriving city, even if a little beat up. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on how some in Baghdad are defying the stereotype of a nation at war by pursuing a lifestyle known for its iconic symbols of rebellion: motorbikes, leather jackets and roaring engines.
    Video

    Video Baghdad Bikers Defy War with a Roar

    Baghdad is a city of contradictions. War is a constant. Explosions and kidnappings are part of daily life. But the Iraqi capital remains a thriving city, even if a little beat up. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on how some in Baghdad are defying the stereotype of a nation at war by pursuing a lifestyle known for its iconic symbols of rebellion: motorbikes, leather jackets and roaring engines.
    Video

    Video Melting Pot of Immigrants Working to Restore US Capitol Dome

    The American Iron Works company is one of the firms working to renovate the iconic U.S. Capitol Dome. The company employs immigrants of many different cultural and national backgrounds. VOA’s Arman Tarjimanyan has more.
    Video

    Video Testing Bamboo as Building Material

    For thousands of years various species of bamboo - one of the world's most versatile plants - have been used for diverse purposes ranging from food and medicine to textiles and construction. But its use on a large scale is hampered because it's not manufactured to specific standards but grown in the ground. A University of Pittsburgh professor is on track to changing that. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Orphanage in Iraqi City Houses Kids Who Lost their Parents to Attacks by IS

    An orphanage in Iraqi Kurdistan has become home to scores of Yazidi children who lost their parents after Islamic State militants took over Sinjar in Iraq’s Nineveh Province in 2014. Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by the U.S. airstrikes have since recaptured Sinjar but the need for the care provided by the orphanage continues. VOA’s Kawa Omar filed this report narrated by Rob Raffaele.
    Video

    Video Re-Opening Old Wounds in a Bullet-Riddled Cultural Landmark

    A cultural landmark before Lebanon’s civil war transformed it into a nest of snipers, Beirut’s ‘Yellow House’ is once again set to play a crucial role in the city.  Built in a neo-Ottoman style in the 1920s, in September it is set to be re-opened as a ‘memory museum’ - its bullet-riddled walls and bunkered positions overlooking the city’s notorious ‘Green Line’ maintained for posterity. John Owens reports from Beirut.
    Video

    Video Brexit Resounds in US Presidential Contest

    Britain’s decision to leave the European Union is resounding in America’s presidential race. As VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump sees Britain’s move as an affirmation of his campaign’s core messages, while Democrat Hillary Clinton sees the episode as further evidence that Trump is unfit to be president.
    Video

    Video New York Pride March A Celebration of Life, Mourning of Loss

    At this year’s march in New York marking the end of pride week, a record-breaking crowd of LGBT activists and allies marched down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, in what will be long remembered as a powerful display of solidarity and remembrance for the 49 victims killed two weeks ago in an Orlando gay nightclub.
    Video

    Video NASA Juno Spacecraft, Nearing Jupiter, to Shed Light on Gas Giant

    After a five-year journey, the spacecraft Juno is nearing its destination, the giant planet Jupiter, where it will enter orbit and start sending data back July 4th. As Mike O'Sullivan reports from Pasadena, California, the craft will pierce the veil of Jupiter's dense cloud cover to reveal its mysteries.
    Video

    Video Orlando Shooting Changes Debate on Gun Control

    It’s been nearly two weeks since the largest mass shooting ever in the United States. Despite public calls for tighter gun control laws, Congress is at an impasse. Democratic lawmakers resorted to a 1960s civil rights tactic to portray their frustration. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti explains how the Orlando, Florida shooting is changing the debate.
    Video

    Video Tunisian Fishing Town Searches for Jobs, Local Development Solutions

    As the European Union tries to come to grips with its migrant crisis, some newcomers are leaving voluntarily. But those returning to their home countries face an uncertain future.  Five years after Tunisia's revolution, the tiny North African country is struggling with unrest, soaring unemployment and plummeting growth. From the southern Tunisian fishing town of Zarzis, Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at a search for local solutions.
    Video

    Video 'American Troops' in Russia Despite Tensions

    Historic battle re-enactment is a niche hobby with a fair number of adherents in Russia where past military victories are played-up by the Kremlin as a show of national strength. But, one group of World War II re-enactors in Moscow has the rare distinction of choosing to play western ally troops. VOA's Daniel Schearf explains.
    Video

    Video Muslim American Mayor Calls for Tolerance

    Syrian-born Mohamed Khairullah describes himself as "an American mayor who happens to be Muslim." As the three-term mayor of Prospect Park, New Jersey, he believes his town of 6,000 is an example of how ethnicity and religious beliefs should not determine a community's leadership. Ramon Taylor has this report from Prospect Park.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora