The President has asked for $3.7 Billion from Congress to primarily pay for the processing of illegal’s that currently in the pipeline from South America…
The ‘2008 law allows authorities to send immigrant children from Mexico or Canada back to their home countries within 48 hours of a screening, but requires that children from Central America and other countries be granted an asylum hearing that can take weeks to set up.’
That law was passed during the Bush Administration….
The word from the Republicans now is they won’t authorize the money unless the 2008 law is changed so that South American illegals, even kids fleeing violence , are turned around in 48 hours as others coming from our border countries….
No Deal ….
That’s the word from Democrats in BOTH houses of Congress….
Republicans have steadily looked at the current situation as an enforcement one….
Democrats and others have asked that the humanitarian aspect of the situation be attended to FIRST….
THEN the discussion should go back to changes in the laws , if any…..
Now THAT’s a Good Deal…..
And if Democrats have to buck the President?
So be it…..
Democrats in the House and Senate said Tuesday they would oppose any changes to a 2008 human trafficking law Republicans have blamed for the wave of child immigrants crossing the border.
The opposition sets up a standoff and raises serious doubts about whether Congress will be able to act before its summer recess in response to what both parties argue is a humanitarian crisis.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said he would work to make sure any changes to the 2008 law do not make it into a final funding package.
“The 2008 law, as you know, sets up a reasonable standard for requesting asylum,” he said. “That should never be changed.”
Other Democrats said the Obama administration never should have signaled a willingness to change the law.
“The White House shouldn’t have opened the door at all on that discussion,” said Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.). “The White House makes every effort, particularly on immigration, to try to split the baby. But in this case it’s impossible.”
The 2008 law allows authorities to send immigrant children from Mexico or Canada back to their home countries within 48 hours of a screening, but requires that children from Central America and other countries be granted an asylum hearing that can take weeks to set up.
President Obama has signaled a willingness to consider changes to the law, but did not propose new language in his request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to deal with a crisis that has overwhelmed authorities at the border.
The White House on Monday punted on the issue of how to deal with the 2008 law, arguing it would rely on Congress to determine the “legislative machinations.”Share on Facebook