- Posted July 8, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The President is Visiting Texas for a Barbecue not the Border Crisis
The president is scheduled to attend a fundraising barbecue in Texas on July 9, 2014. The barbecue will benefit House Democrats.
Originally the president had no plans to visit the border or meet with state representatives; that changed when Governor Rick Perry refused to meet the president for a photo-op meet and greet at the airport. The governor instead pressed the president for a more substantive meeting and the president has agreed to a meeting.
On June 30, 2014 the president made remarks about his feelings on immigration, a link to the speech is included below.
The remarks in the White House blog speak volumes about why we can resolve nothing as a nation. The president has decided that it is the Senate bill or his own executive orders to achieve any success with immigration. The president foisted a lot of blame toward republicans and did not seem to offer any avenues for collaboration and compromise.
The president said: “Our country and economy would be stronger today, if House Republicans had allowed a simple yes or no vote” on the senate bill. He also said: “Instead, they've proven again and again that they are unwilling to stand up to the Tea Party in order to do what is best of for the country. And the worst part about it is, a bunch of them know better.”
"Their argument seems to be that because the system's broken, we shouldn't make an effort to fix it. It makes no sense. It's not on the level. It's just politics. Plain and simple."
The Speaker of the House has not been silent on this issue, please see the link below where you can read the entire letter he sent to the president:
Here is a brief excerpt from the letter: “The policies of your administration have directly resulted in the belief by these immigrants that once they reach U.S. soil, they will be able to stay here indefinitely. There are several steps that we call on you and your administration to take immediately to enforce our laws, stem the tide of migrants, protect the victims, and ensure that these individuals are dealt with in a humane manner that is consistent with American ideals of compassion and family unity. The safety of these migrant children is a matter of paramount importance”
Right now it seems the hold up in the House of Representatives is the issue of amnesty. It appears that many more Republicans would support immigration reform if amnesty were not on the table. Right now, John Boehner would like to look at separate bills to deal with the different issues surrounding immigration such as border security, migrant workers etc. and leave amnesty for a different time.
Will there be a compromise? Or will the president stick to the comprehensive Senate bill while House Republicans continue to reject? Or will the problem be broken down to smaller pieces or will the president go it alone and attempt to fix immigration with executive orders
According to the AP, President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $3.7 billion to confront the influx of minors from Central America. The figure also includes extra money for fighting wildfires in the West.
The White House says the money would help increase the detention, care and transportation of unaccompanied children. It says the money would increase the capacity of immigration courts, increase prosecution of smuggling networks and help Central American countries repatriate border crossers sent back from the United States.
The request for money did not include proposals for legislative changes that the White House wants. White House officials said Tuesday they still intend to work with Congress to increase the administration's authority to deport minor border crossers.