Skip to comments.Dems want immediate border action ($3.7 billion takes care of everything)
Posted on 07/09/2014 4:26:41 PM PDT by Libloather
House Democratic leaders are amplifying their calls for Republicans to take immediate action on President Obama's request for emergency funds on the southern border.
Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, emerged from a closed-door meeting of the group on Wednesday to say there's a general consensus that Congress should pass Obama's $3.7 billion package immediately.
There's generally a sense that we need to act, Becerra said, and so we should try to act as quickly as we can.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat who recently visited the border, described dismal conditions among the young detainees and urged Republicans to approve the emergency funding as soon as possible.
It is important that the emergency supplemental is passed to include more judges, more resources for Border Patrol and border cities, [and] ICE officers, so the law can be adhered to, Jackson Lee said.
The Democrats' calls for urgency are facing some hurdles across the aisle, where conservatives are already pushing back hard against Obama's request.
Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) said Wednesday that, despite GOP criticisms that Obama has habitually abused his executive authority, in the case of the border migrants the president is not using the administrative capabilities that he has.
Thats the problem, Fleming said.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), a Tea Party favorite often at odds with his leadership, also suggested the administration can tackle the crisis without congressional action.
I think its a charade, he said. I think the president has set it up to make it look as though the only reason hes not enforcing the border is that he doesnt have the money, and thats not accurate.
On Wednesday, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reiterated that hes asking Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and a border working group, led by Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), to examine Obama's proposal and report back to GOP leaders about possible next steps.
I'll await what they've got to say, Boehner told reporters in the Capitol.
The border working group is expected to provide its first update to the House GOP conference on July 15.
Other top Republicans are wary that Obama's request which includes $1.8 billion to provide appropriate care for the migrants and $1.1 billion to bolster border security dedicates too much money to processing and not enough to discouraging the migrants to begin with.
Many Republicans, including Boehner, have urged Obama to call the National Guard to the border to help manage the crisis.
Fleming said that strategy would be in line with the growing sentiment that we should move them back to the countries that they came from.
What we would want is solid border security, put the military or at least the National Guard on the border, Fleming said. That should be the first thing before we do anything else.
Becerra was quick to reject those arguments, charging that, Whoever's saying that doesn't recognize the crisis.
He noted that border security is not what's lacking in a situation where the migrants are voluntarily turning themselves over to the authorities in hopes of getting asylum status.
What will they [the National Guard] do to deter [people]? Becerra asked. All they'll do is be there the way the Border Patrol is ready to receive these folks. So it's not only a false claim, it's a misunderstanding of the problem.
The Democrats said the ultimate solution lies, not in whatever policy is adopted at the border, but in putting international pressure on certain Central American governments to root out corruption, tackle drug violence and stabilize conditions so residents won't want to leave to begin with.
If you deter that, you don't have the crisis on the border, Becerra said.
We need action, Becerra added. We don't need people who are misguided in what they think we should do.
The criminal dems created this situation. They are, along with the law enforcement wing of the federal government, actively engaged in human trafficking into America’s interior. Now they are making ransom demands.
This money is going to be used to pay the lawyers that are helping the illegals get citizenship.
I HATE F'ing Democrats
The country is being billed for its own execution.
House Democratic leaders are amplifying their calls for Republicans to take immediate action on President Obama’s request for emergency funds on the southern border.
IOW, the Dems need some walkin’ around money for the mid-terms.
The better question is how much of the $3.7 billion is laundered thru unions to Bolshies?
There is very little chance any of the money will go anywhere near where the problem is. The only solution I can think of is for the House to appropriate funds that go directly to the States and let the Bolshecrats and OdumBO reject it.
That’s $1.895M/mile, $359/ft for fencing.
How about the Dem’s cough up the 8/9 trillion they have already pissed off (well,aren’t they all rich?),then we can talk business.
does anyone really think that $3.7 billion is all they want??
That is hardly a start for them
Welfare for government lawyers and judges!
The immigrant waifs are pawns!
Some how whenever dems want billions, it’s always a
crisis. Funny how that works eh?
Wonder how many millions would end up going to facilitators,
coyotes, and dem pockets. How much to NGO immigration “reformers”.
It could pass tomorrow, and nothing would happen for months. They would have to hire people and then train them. Obama, as the Chief Executive of The United States, should be coordinating ALL the resources of the federal government for this. Unfortunately, the Democrats elected a man to be our President who had no executive experience.
All senior executives should be knowledgeable of, and experienced with, the four main functions of management.
Look at what he’s doing. He’s playing pool and blaming the Republicans. He is failing miserably.
Isn’t it amazing that raising taxes and spending money can cure any problem from cooling the climate to persuading illegals not to come here?
AND UNSKILLED LABOR, NOT WHAT OUR FOUNDERS INTENDED FOR IMMIGRATION!
Roger Sherman was an early American lawyer and politician, as well as a Founding Father of the United States.
presumed it was intended by the Convention, who framed the Constitution,
that Congress should have the power of naturalization, in order to prevent
particular States receiving citizens, and forcing them upon others who would
not have received them in any other manner.
In this case the Federal Government (POTUS) is in direct violation of the Founders intent
and the Constitution of the United States of America. DIRECT VIOLATION!
Just found a new tag line. Profound. Thanks SB
Free fax to your Senators and Rep - https://www.numbersusa.com/sendfax
Give $1,000 and a free bus ticket to all who will leave and the problem will be solved for 1/10th the cost.
Hey Barry! Why don’t you and your ‘RAT comrades hold a few fundraisers and raise the 3.7 billion yourselves? Why should the American taxpayers get stuck with the bill for your fiasco? Better yet, the refuse down at the U.N. dinosaur referred to Barry’s Kids as “refugees”. “Refugees” paying “coyotes” five to twenty-five grand to smuggle them into the land of the big piñata is new. If these invaders are “refugees”, why the hell doesn’t the bozos at the UN pick up the bill for this invasion?
Can’t the House re-appropriate the Funds from say the White House travel budget??
Oppty for the repubs.
Come up with a specific detailed and timelined $3.7B plan to finally fix this immigration problem. Pass it in congress and then tell obama that they have agreed to pass his amount, and it is ready for his sig. Wait for fireworks....
Won’t work. Bambi will sign it, take the money, and spend it the way he wants.
Help.. Anybody have a link to the bill?
How about stopping millions of dollars to those countries. Dollars that we give them to help with their border security.
Reverse baby border amendment
Reverse Feinstein bill
Congressmen should go to the camps and hospitals, talk to the doctors and kids before allocating any money.
I live in Kalifornia, that fax would be useless.
No way should "dealing with" this problem--for the moment ignoring who's responsible for foisting a fix onto US taxpayers--cost such an amount of money.
Corral, feed, cloth, clean, house, transport the boat anchors: $50/day/kid. Send 'em back to points south: $300/kid, hence a total of $1k/kid before they're back in their mother country.
Looks to me as if 1/60th of their requested money really ought to do it. That is, $62M, OK, $100M with generous overhead.