Washington (CNN) – Yet more Democrats are piling on President Barack Obama for skipping a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border during his recent trip to Texas.
"I wish he would have come to the border,' said U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a Texas Democrat on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley. "It would have sent an important message to the rest of the country about how seriously he takes this issue beyond the spending request he sent to Congress last week."
Washington (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he won’t encourage his state’s congressional delegation to approve President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to mitigate the border crisis.
“The President doesn't have to have this big amount of money,” Perry told Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume. “He could pick up the phone today, call the (Defense Department) and direct them to have the 1,000 National Guard troops on the border.”
After meeting with Perry last week in Texas, Obama said he had asked the Texas governor to use his influence to urge the Texas congressional delegation to support the emergency funding request.
Obama requested the money to deal with a growing number of undocumented children and youths arriving in the U.S. illegally and overwhelming federal facilities. While many have been released to family pending deportation hearings, others have been detained by authorities amid a growing backlog of pending cases.
Washington (CNN) – As thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America enter the U.S. along the southern border, Sen. John McCain believes any multi-pronged approach to the crisis must include two key elements: sending the children back to their home countries and securing the border.
"There has to be a halt to this … and the best way to do that is for planeloads of these young people to be returning to the country of origin and their families," the Arizona Republican told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
Washington (CNN) – In the Republican-versus-Republican foreign policy feud between Rick Perry and Rand Paul, whose side does John McCain pick? The Arizona senator is not interested in stepping into the political crossfire. But that does not mean he won't offer a lecture.
"Sen. Paul is part of a wing of the party that's been there ever since, prior to World War 1, in our Republican Party. And that is a withdrawal to fortress America," McCain told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday. "I do believe that the things we're seeing in the world today - in greater turmoil than any time in my lifetime - is a direct result of an absence of American leadership.
Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain said Sunday the violence roiling the Middle East has likely never been worse, as rockets fall in Israel and Gaza, residents flee, warning sirens blare and the death toll rises.
"I would argue that given conditions in the Middle East, this might be more dangerous than any time in the past," the Arizona Republican told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union." "Not only conditions domestically, within Israel, but also the fact that Egypt is really not playing the role they traditionally have, countries like Qatar and others that could play a role."