While out on the campaign trail fundraising, our president recently went to Colorado for a beer and some pool, after which he headed for Texas. But, he did not head to the border where Gov. Rick Perry says the surge of arriving children from Central America is “a humanitarian crisis.”
The governor wants the president to secure the border and address this serious problem. The president wants Congress to approve $3.7 billion to help resolve the influx of tens of thousands of arriving foreign children.
Failure of our policies thus far has aggravated the problem and encouraged the arrival of more migrants who believe that once they cross the border they can remain.
Texans would like the president to see the border problem first-hand and take immediate action. He has explained that he has sent others there and need not go himself. Gang violence, drug lords, violence have caused many of these unescorted children to flee their homelands. So the president says he is “intimately aware of border problems” and the flood of children continues causing all kinds of problems and financial difficulties along our borders. We have an array of security, legal, constitutional, moral and political issues along the border. It is time for changes and for these problems to be confronted head on. America is being invaded.
Sen. John Cronyn (R-Texas) says our president is “stubborn and hardheaded for refusing to visit Rio Grande Valley and see the humanitarian crisis there.”
Meanwhile, border officials are running low on funds to handle the emergency, and the president feels Congress is not responding to a request for $3.7 billion to meet expenses. Congress is heading for an August break with no compromise in sight.
President Obama says he will take steps on his own to resolve issues if Congress does not act.
You and I and the American people look on. We are not extending praise or high marks for failure to resolve this immigration crisis.
There is a desire to stem the tide, treat arrivals humanely, but promptly deport them to send a message to Central America that new arrivals will not easily gain access and benefits crossing our borders illegally.
Unescorted children now can be placed with relatives in the United States while awaiting court dates that can take years. The president seeks the power to deport children after a screening. Opponents say this is unconscionable. The debate goes on as more illegals arrive.
Jack Simpson is a former educator, a veteran, an author and a law enforcement officer. His column appears each Friday.