Speaker John Boehner said President Obama will not given a blank check to deal with the immigration crisis at the southern border. Speaking at his weekly press briefing Thursday, Boehner said “…the administration started earlier this month by signaling some openness to changes in the 2008 law to accelerate the process of returning these children to their home countries.”
“Now, the president and his team have apparently flip-flopped. Now they want billions in new spending, with no commitment to actually solving the problem.” Boehner made Republicans’ stance clear, “…there’s going to be no blank check for the president and his allies.” Taxpayers want accountability, not for their taxpayer money to be improperly used, he said.
“What the president is asking for is a blank check. He wants us to just throw more money at the problem without doing anything to solve the problem. The administration ought to get its act together,” says Boehner.
Obama has asked for $3.7 billion to shore up the Southwest border amid the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing into the country from Central America. House Republicans instead have offered about $1.5 billion and proposed a host of changes to a 2008 human trafficking law that would make it easier for these children to be deported back to Central America.
Some U.S. officials say that amending current law to allow speedier return of the Central American youths can be done while ensuring proper protections of the unaccompanied minors. Boehner said he wants an immigration plan in place before the August recess, but that may be difficult because Congressional Democrats have so far been reluctant to make changes to Democrats say it would put the kids at risk by sending them back to brutal gangs. Read more about the story here.