Congress soaking up rays, while America crumbles

Congress still has not fixed the border

Political junkies and journalists have wondered over the past few weeks whether Congress would pass legislation that would address the current border crisis before their recess. America got the answer as news broke that Republicans could not get enough support to pass legislation.

Speaker Boehner expressed the notion that “doing something is better than doing nothing.” He said the crisis would continue until Congress takes action, adding that President Obama is “clearly not going to act.” Senate has created their own bill but is believed to not have enough votes either.

Governor Rick Perry slammed fellow Republicans saying, “It’s beyond belief that Congress is abandoning its post while our border crisis continues to create humanitarian suffering.”  The legislation’s hopes quickly vanished over the course of the day. During the start of Thursday’s final push, House leaders thought they had a plan to win enough support, by scheduling a separate vote on legislation to prohibit Obama from expanding a policy that lets some illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children stay. Republicans say another illegal immigrant reprieve by the president would only exacerbate the surge of illegal immigrant children trekking to the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America.  In the absence of legislation, Republicans urged President Obama to act on his own to secure the borders and safely deport illegal immigrant children safely.

Republicans say another illegal immigrant reprieve by the president would only exacerbate the surge of illegal immigrant children trekking to the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest released a statement:

It is extraordinary that the House of Representatives, after failing for more than a year to reform our broken immigration reform system, would vote to restrict a law enforcement tool that the Department of Homeland Security uses to focus resources on key enforcement priorities like public safety and border security, and provide temporary relief from deportation for people who are low priorities for removal.  In the face of Congressional inaction, the Administration’s use of Deferred Action for DREAMers in 2012, which has benefitted more than 500,000 young people who are Americans in every way except on paper, is the most significant progress we have made toward immigration reform in years.  By failing to act on an immigration reform bill that requires that people who are here illegally pay taxes, undergo background checks and get on the right side of the law, the House is instead driving an approach that is about rounding up and deporting 11 million people, separating families, and undermining DHS’ ability to secure the border.

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