Skip to comments.John Boehner not optimistic about a quick solution to the border crisis
Posted on 07/17/2014 10:58:38 AM PDT by PoloSec
House Speaker John Boehner says he is not overly optimistic that Republicans and Democrats can come together to resolve the border crisis before Congress adjourns at the end of July for a month-long break.
I would certainly hope so, but I dont have as much optimism as Id like to have, the Ohio Republican told reporters at the Capitol Thursday.
But Boehner said he will continue working with House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., as well as a special border task force, to find a solution to deal with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America who have flooded the U.S.-Mexico border and overwhelmed U.S. immigration authorities.
The speaker called the issue a humanitarian crisis at our border that needs to be dealt with.
House leaders hope to have legislation next week to address the issue, though a bipartisan agreement is seriously in doubt.
A sticking point is whether changes should be made to a 2008 law designed to protect Central American children from human trafficking. Republicans have blamed the law for the mass migration of unaccompanied minors, but many Democrats say that any changes to the law should be done separately and not tied to an emergency spending measure to deal with the border crisis.
When asked if Democratic resistance to changing the law was tempering his optimism that a deal could be reached, Boehner smiled and said, "Something like that."
"I don't know how Congress can send more money to the border to begin to mitigate the problem if you don't do something about the '08 law that's being abused. And it is being abused," he said.
But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters Thursday she believes a solution can be reached without tweaking the law, which was signed by President George W. Bush.
I do not need believe that they need a change in legislation to more expeditiously provide due process for all of the children that were talking about, she said.
Pelosi also denied that the anti-human-trafficking law, which requires that unaccompanied children from countries that are not contiguous with the U.S. be turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement, has contributed to the border crisis.
Its stunning to me how Republicans have tried to politicize this issue, she said. Most of them were responsible for the good legislation that passed in 2008.
Just admit you’re an incompetent nincompoop and then resign, jerk!!
Boner, how pathetic!
THERE WILL NOT BE A “SOLUTION” TO THE BORDER CRISIS BECAUSE oBAMA DOESN’T WANT ONE....
I’m not optimistic about john boner. He seems very, very flaccid.
Looks to me you’re just fine with all this John-boy. An investigation may even reveal your fingerprints somewhere in all this as well.
Nice try, but you’re not fooling anyone.
Doesn’t seem to be a crisis, if you guys can go on vacation for 6 weeks...
Why doesn’t the House vote on a resolution supporting the Governors of the border states calling out the National Guard and providing emergency funds to those States to pay for it?
Let the Senate vote that down!
Whorey Reid wouldn’t allow it to come to a vote in the Senate....
Well, when you are a coward, and hiding under a desk, and afraid to do anything because of the Big Bad Press, then yes, there is no quick solution to anything.
The only thing Boehner IS ever optimistic about is his next play date with Baraq Hussein 0bama.
He so looks forward to those.
Well Boner has to look for a deal with is pals, before he can do anything Nancy has to tell him what to say.
I understand, but the Pubbies could beat them to death with that in the Senate races. You must learn from your enemies and employ what has worked so well for them to defeat them.
“The Democrat Senator (insert name) has refused to protect our borders and is assisting in the invasion of the United States!”
Another missed opportunity
The polling shows immigration is the biggest issue and most want these illegals deported.
Republicans COULD HAVE been the ones on the record as being against illegal immigration, but they tried to appease and have it both ways. Idiots.
I truly hope that happens...........
What a colossal ass.
Some more from the man who got fired as the majority whip under Gingrich. And the SOB is now speaker.
When the first thing you say sounds like you have accepted defeat that’s probably what you’ll get, Boner.
And yet, there is nearly no action taken by the governors of the states where this is going on.
It is their responsibility to call up volunteers to protect the states borders. Yet nearly nothing is done.
What a crock.