Texas Republican Thinks Cutting Aid to Central America Will Cut Immigration Influx Problem
With an influx of women and children coming to the United States illegally from Central America, more money might soon be spent domestically while cutting down foreign aid.
United States Representative Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) on Monday introduced H.R. 5014, the Illegal Entry Accountability Act of 2014, which would hold Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador accountable for illegal immigration by immediately suspending all U.S. foreign aid to those countries until Congress decides on how to stem the issue.
There have been more than 39,000 women and 52,000 unaccompanied children apprehended at the border this year, an increase from past years.
"If the President and his Administration won't act, then I will," Weber said in a news release. "That is precisely why I introduced the Illegal Entry Accountability Act of 2014, which will immediately suspend all U.S. foreign aid to Central American nations (Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador) in an effort to hold our southern neighbors accountable."
But Obama follow up with his own political maneuvers. According to the Washington Post, President Obama wrote a letter to Congress asking for help building an "aggressive deterrence strategy" to deal with the influx. This comes after reports from the weekend that the White House would request more than $ 2 billion in emergency funds to deal with the issue, and new measures to more quickly deport people.
The don't call 'Bam the "deporter-in-chief" for nothing.
Just last weekend, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi visited a border patrol facility in Brownsville. She said in a Los Angeles Times story that Republican House Speaker John Boehner "gives no reason to be hopeful" when it comes to the prospect of immigration reform.
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