President Obama and GOP debate over Fort Sill immigration crisis

Despite the surge of Central America kids straining law enforcement and swamping detention centers there's no fix President Obama can sign and he blamed the GOP.

"House republicans as we speak are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of the bill that they know is going nowhere,” said President Obama.

The day before their summer break, divided house republicans did come together with two goals.
"Number one:  secure the border,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee.

They'd send in more National Guard and block President Obama from ordering that more migrant children can stay in the U.S.

"If you think you're going to legalize 5 to 6 million illegal foreign nationals, we say no,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota.

But the GOP plan would end the kids' right to an asylum hearing, enraging democrats concerned about Central American violence.

RELATED:

Governor Mary Fallin tours Fort Sill dorms housing immigrant minors, seeks answers from feds

Rep. Jim Bridenstine tours Fort Sill for first time, seeks action from Congress

Tulsa University law students join organization to help children kept at Fort Sill

"The republicans want to indiscriminately return children to their death,” said Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-California.

"Stripping away rights from children is unacceptable. It's un-American,” said Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Florida.

The Obama plan is to speed up asylum hearings, not end them.

His plan is closer to the senate plan, and is so different from the GOP house plan.

"What we do today will be useless,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland.

But it's a show of republican unity and purpose

"That it’s better to be able to say that you did something than that you did nothing and this way they can shift the blame back to the senate and President Obama,” said Josh Gerstein.

The blame for what everyone agrees is a crisis.

Print this article Back to Top

Comments