Obama border proposal won't get speedy vote in House
July 9th, 2014
01:16 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Obama border proposal won't get speedy vote in House

(CNN) – House Republicans are making it clear there won't be a speedy vote on President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency proposal to address the immigration crisis on the southern border.

They believe less money is needed and more should be done to strengthen enforcement along the border, which has experienced an unexpected surge of children from Central America. Many of them are unaccompanied.

House Speaker John Boehner, speaking to reporters on Wednesday after a closed-door meeting with House Republicans, didn't say what the GOP would propose. But he criticized Obama for not already taking action under current law.

Obama to request billions to deal with border crisis

"If we don't secure the border, nothing is going to change. If you look at the President's request, it's all more about continuing to deal with the problem. We've got to do something about sealing the border and ending this problem so that we can begin to move onto the bigger questions of immigration reform," Boehner said.

He said the House Appropriations Committee and a working group he assembled last month were reviewing the $3.7 billion package Obama proposed to a deeply divided Congress.

He urged on Wednesday during a visit to Texas that lawmakers put aside politics and swiftly approve the plan that seeks to bolster customs and border efforts as well as crack down on smugglers. Another goal is to speed the processing of young immigrants and send back those who lack legal status. Money would also go to caring for unaccompanied children.

The working group is meeting on Wednesday and is scheduled to deliver recommendations to Boehner next Tuesday.

One member of the group, Florida Republican Mario Diaz-Balart, believes they will quickly come up with proposals.

"The answer is not just necessarily to throw more money at it," he told reporters.

While more resources may be needed for targeted purposes, Diaz-Balart said "the House is never going to rubber stamp what the President wants to do. But I think there is a realization that there is a crisis."

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul and other House GOP members want to change a 2008 law signed by President George W. Bush requiring deportation hearings before sending back unaccompanied children from countries that do not border the United States. The measure was aimed at combating illegal trafficking.

A GOP proposal to do so will be made on Thursday by Rep. Henry Cuellar, whose South Texas district is one heavily impacted by the current crisis, and Texas Sen. John Cornyn.

Many GOP lawmakers argue all minors should be treated like children who enter the country from Mexico and Canada - they are returned immediately.

But California Democrat Zoe Lofgren suggested the problem is not the law, but a lack of judges to handle cases.

Just back from a border detention center housing immigrant children temporarily, Lofgren said they are being identified and processed under existing law.

But "we don't have the resources to do this properly, and we should do that. And I think if we adhere to the law I think we're going to be satisfied with the results," she said.

Although it's unclear how much of Obama's proposal would survive in Congress, Boehner told Republicans the House would take some action on immigration before it leaves for a month-long recess in August, according to two GOP sources who attended the meeting.

CNN's Paul Courson contributed to this report.


Filed under: Immigration • John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. CALIFORNIA

    Why should it. Obama has Reid obstructing everything the House does. Obama is the biggest obstructionist ever.

    July 9, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Smitty

    The Obambi way borrow more and throw it away. After 6 plus years even the libs have figured out the BIGGEST LIAR OF THE YEAR is just not up to the task. Another failure for mr inept.

    July 9, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. TomInRochNY

    If only the House Republicans had moved on immigration when everyone else wanted to this might not be a problem now. Can any one on Capital Hill do their jobs?

    July 9, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Remember , the poor children asking for help today , are the same as children of yesteryear , Marco Rubio , Ted Cruz .

    Imagen if we sent them back to Canada and Cuba ?

    Nobody understands this more then House Speaker John Boehner .

    It's time for a change in the White House .

    Piyush "Bobby" Jindal / Nikki Randhawa Haley 2016
    If only Jesus and Gandhi had a Concealed weapon permit ?

    July 9, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    --we all know that. So only the most vulgar, horrible congress. Hold your breath till nov. 2014 to uproot this congress evil. I mean "Evil". God bless!!!!!

    July 9, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    They believe less money is needed and more should be done to strengthen enforcement along the border, which has experienced an unexpected surge of children from Central America. Many of them are unaccompanied.
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    Republicans won't tell you that the comprehensive bill from Democrats contained proposals to double the manpower on the border, and funding for a "fence". There was a proposal for funding for more courts and judges to expedite immigration backlog, which should help ease the incentive to immigrate illegally. Boehner won't tell you about any of that stuff.

    Boehner won't even tell you that the funding proposal designates half of the funding for manpower on the border, and the other half for judges, courts, and everything else needed to comply with law that protects minors. Finally, Boehner won't tell you that most Republicans voted for both the original law and the 2008 extension of it. He won't tell you anything except "It's all the President's fault."

    July 9, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. sifto

    Thank goodness mr boehner does not bow to the king..

    July 9, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. bill

    step 1: secure the border step 2. whatever that is after step one done.

    July 9, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Bigd

    So the party of no is saying no they won't do anything , we don't care about the illegal problem , it's Obama fault for every thing in the world and we will let this Country sink before we lift a finger to help the President. Seven times Obama has gone to the congress asking for funds to secure the border and every time the GOP said no. How can a party hate one man so much they would rather sink the country then help that one man

    July 9, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Smitty

    Obambi had the house and senate his first 2 years and still couldn't get anything done. Not a repub fan, but facts are facts Obambi just cant get it done !!!

    July 9, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. sonny chapman

    The ONE thing America doesn't need is more Congressional Speeches on ANYTHING.

    July 9, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Duh. Everybody in the world knows if President Obama is for it, the GOP is against it. It's been that way for the past 5-1/2 years.

    July 9, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Tom

    The party of "no" strikes again. Do nothing. Don't offer an alternative. Just delay and whine that Obama isn't working hard enough to fix the problem. Another day at the office for Republicans.

    July 9, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. uhhuh

    Smitty
    Obambi had the house and senate his first 2 years and still couldn't get anything done. Not a repub fan, but facts are facts Obambi just cant get it done !!!
    ----
    No, he did not. The Democrats had control of the House for the first two years. As you know, due to the unprecedented use of the filibuster in the Senate, it takes 60 votes to get anything passed. Democrats ONLY had
    60 votes from the time Paul Kirk took Kennedy's seat temporarily on 9/24/2009 until Scott Brown was elected to the same seat on February 4,2010. That is the fact.

    July 9, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Zman

    If the GOP wants to hold their seats they know they better not rubber stamp any idiotic $3.7B bill. Amend the 2008 law to include all illegal children regardless of orgin, money to send them home, and enforce the border. Obama can make a paper airplane out of that deal and forget the $3.7B immigration lawyer enrichment act.

    July 9, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Lolo

    This is not a surprise. I guess Boehner needs to find another sweetie to watch his back since Cantor is gone, because he knows the teanuts will rip him apart if he moves an inch. LOL!!!!!!!!!!! His picturs says it all. He looks just like a man with secrets in his closet. Also you hypocrits on here need to go to China and find the jobs that Bush and Cheney sent overseas so you can quit spreading your hate and lies on this board. Please get over the black man being president. He has done nothing but followed the laws tha Bush created and enacted. The white man ran this country into the ground, before the first black president was even elected into office. So now you think that he has ran the country into the ground in six years. LOL!!!!! Get a grip on reality and give it up. You will be acting the same old crazy way when another non-white person is elected into the white house. Give it up white folks you are not as relevant as you use to be. You are upset now that someone else knows all your secrets of how you ran America into the ground. It you want to make it a black and white issue at least be true to yourselves.

    July 9, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    It is an election year so immigration reform won't get done even if there is a humanitarian crisis. Doesn't say much for the party of family and conservative Christian vaules.

    July 9, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Bigd

    So the party of no is saying no they won't do anything , we don't care about the illegal problem , it's Obama fault for every thing in the world and we will let this Country sink before we lift a finger to help the President. Seven times Obama has gone to the congress asking for funds to secure the border and every time the GOP said no. How can a party hate one man so much they would rather sink the country then help that one man.
    ---------------------------
    On some levels, and for some people, it is personal, but the main driving force behind the obstruction is that the Republicans just simply want to be back in power. I think that if Hillary Clinton had won in 2008, then we would have still seen similar obstructionist behavior from the right. It doesn't matter which Democrat would have in 2008. The basic response still would have been the same, obstruction.

    July 9, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. just saying

    i have no doubt at least half of this money will end up getting ripped off or re-directed to something else. after all, there is an eleciton in a few months. nothing like a huge piece of government cheese to attract all the rats.

    July 9, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    So the party of no is saying no they won’t do anything , we don’t care about the illegal problem , it’s Obama fault for every thing in the world and we will let this Country sink before we lift a finger to help the President. Seven times Obama has gone to the congress asking for funds to secure the border and every time the GOP said no. How can a party hate one man so much they would rather sink the country then help that one man.
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    On some levels, and for some people, it is personal, but the main driving force behind the obstruction is that the Republicans just simply want to be back in power. I think that if Hillary Clinton had won in 2008, then we would have still seen similar obstructionist behavior from the right. It doesn’t matter which Democrat would have in 2008. The basic response still would have been the same, obstruction.

    Similar obstruction maybe. But nothing as disrespectful as this. Wanting and hoping the country fails, no I doubt it very seriously. Let's not forget the Hillary dems that voted for McCain because they hated President Obama.

    July 9, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. resident

    Seriously, anyone NOT expect this response from Congress?

    July 9, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Lily

    This crisis is not only for the President. It is also for the Congress if at all they also took an oath to serve the nation. Any functioning Congress with their functioning leader (in those times), could have come with different proposals to the President and ask him to lead them to solve this pressing problem which affects the entire nation. Pres. Obama will not be President forever. The time will come and he will be gone. If this crisis is not solved now, don't they (congress) think it will be more harder to solve it? This Congress must be kicked out come Nov. It has proved totally a failure so far.

    July 9, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    i have no doubt at least half of this money will end up getting ripped off or re-directed to something else. after all, there is an eleciton in a few months. nothing like a huge piece of government cheese to attract all the rats.
    -----------------------------
    Seeing how the House controls and OVERSEES the purse strings, you just might have a point there. Why don't Republicans create a special committee to make sure that the waste and corruption doesn't happen? Be proactive about it, instead of reactive.

    July 9, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. Tone

    They whine and complain about this problem, they blame the President for not doing more even a Democrat did knowing full well that the gop clowns will not budge.Tell me if this is not a racist attempt to undermine this President at all cost? Then they will turn around and say it's the President's fault that more is not done, and Americans will forget that the Gop refused to help the President how sad.

    July 9, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. Luc

    Keep this up in the US even more countries will pass you economically and wave on the way by. The government doesn't care because they keep all of there rich friends pockets filled GOP in particular. Look at the stock market. Just waiting for the bubble to burst again and everyone will point fingers at each other. Congress only care about the all mighty dollar that fills there pockets. Remember how many of them are millionaires already. Why should they care how we live.

    July 9, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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