Politicians contradict each other during immigration surge
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:51:39 GMT —
The recent surge of immigrants crossing the border has driven a slew of politicians to the valley in the past week.
They receive the same briefings; go on the same tours, but share contradicting information with the press.
More than 1,200 immigrants illegally cross the border every day, most consider themselves to be refugees.
Many are calling it a humanitarian crisis, which Webster Dictionary defines as an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending.
So is the immigration influx considered a crisis?
Many politicians think so.
"It is clearly in my estimation a crisis," Mississippi congressman Bennie Thomspon said.
"In my view we have three crisis' occurring all at once." Brownsville congressman Filemon Vela said.
Others would rather call it something else.
"This crisis what some call a crisis we have to view as an opportunity." House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said.
Some don't care what you call it.
"Crisis or not, the numbers don't lie." Texas Senator John Cornyn said.
So whatever you call this immigration influx, with Border Patrol overwhelmed, has border security been compromised?
Governor Rick Perry sure thinks so.
"Our borders are not secure." Perry said.
But congressmen are hesitant to agree.
"I did not hear from my visit that we have been any less secure." Thompson said.
"I think border security can be measured in many different ways." Vela said.
While politicians can't agree, the Department of Homeland Security thinks they need more boots on the ground.
"We are moving 150 Border Patrol agents from other parts of the country into this sector." Johnson said.
So what will happen to these women and children.
Some say they are going home.
"It is not true that they will be welcomed and taken care of. They will be sent back." Hinojosa said.
But the House minority leader was not so adamant.
"Many of these kids will be repatriated with families in the U.S., some of them maybe not, strictly speaking, fully documented, but many of them legal residents of the United States." Pelosi said.
With so many contradictions and politics at play it TMs hard to know what TMs really going on, but the president is giving federal agencies until the end of the summer to recommend solutions to the problem.