Friday, President Obama met with leaders of three Central American countries saying they must do more to stop the flow of children to the U.S.
Congress has struggled to deal with the massive influx of unaccompanied minors heading into the United States. Current proposals vary greatly as to how to address the mass of new arrivals.
"We are a country of immigrants but we are a land of law,” says Majority Leader Elect Kevin McCarty
According to the Pew Research Center more than 46,000 people entered the country without permission between the New Year and the end of May.
Senator Claire McCaskill says the U.S. must be consistent in our message.
“I do not believe that we will have 80,000 children,” McCaskill says. “I think we have seen the worst of it, and now we have to deal with these children under the law in a way that is humane."
For its part, the U.S. has consistently provided counsel all over the world. Now the issue has boiled-over on our very own soil.
"And we are constantly encouraging other countries to be humane with refugees that appear at their borders so we can't be two-faced about this,” says McCaskill. “We can't say, ‘hey you take care of the refugees from Syria but by the way, we don't want to bother with children.’"
For several years, Obama has said there is little that he can do with regard to the immigration debate. Now he has done a complete 180 saying that he will work unilaterality if Congress can not come up with a solution.
“So the president should support the states along the border, any actions that they would have to try to secure it,” says Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler.
The president's new proposals asking for nearly $4 billion are expected to languish as Congress plans to adjourn for the summer on Thursday.
If action is not taken, very little will change for either the incoming undocumented children or for those seeking reform.
Republican leadership appears to be lining up behind a much cheaper plan from Texas Congresswoman Kay Granger.
But even that faces resistance from more conservative members.
The Department of Homeland Security says the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency and the border patrol will run out of money if congress doesn't act before its break.
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