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February 9, 2016

Boehner Convenes GOP Task Force on Border Crisis

UNITED STATES - JUNE 19: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds his weekly on camera news conference in the Capitol on Thursday, June 19, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner’s new border crisis panel includes a cross-section of Republicans. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans are blaming President Barack Obama for the growing number of unaccompanied, undocumented immigrant children seeking illegal passage into the United States over the southern border, and on Tuesday they unveiled a plan that might exert additional pressure on the administration.

Speaker John A. Boehner, who just sent a letter to Obama on the subject at the end of last week, announced that he had convened a “working group” to probe “the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border.”

Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, will head up the effort, Boehner said in a statement:

“The president has allowed a national security and humanitarian crisis to develop on the U.S. southern border. There are two imperatives here: protect those children and secure our border. I sent a letter to the president last week outlining a series of steps I believe need to be taken immediately to achieve those goals. These steps include sending the National Guard to the border to protect these children, so the border patrol can do its job.

“The president has failed to take the necessary steps to address this crisis, so today I’ve decided to form a working group to advise us and keep lawmakers informed on the situation down there. I’m pleased that Kay Granger has agreed to lead this effort, and I know this group will get to work immediately.”

Other task force members include those who have, currently or at some point in the past, been working to advance broader immigration overhaul legislation.

One such member is Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. Despite his continued efforts to rally support behind a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill in the face of opposition from many in his own party, Diaz-Balart has remained critical of the Obama administration and its handling of immigration policy.

“We must find a humane solution to make sure these minors are both safe and healthy, while strictly adhering to the laws of this great nation,” Diaz-Balart said in a statement. “I look forward to working with my colleagues so that we may find the best solution. Once again, the Administration has failed to lead and therefore, Congress must do its part.”

Diaz-Balart is joined on the task force by Rep. John Carter, R-Texas. Carter was, with Diaz-Balart, a member of the House bipartisan “gang of eight” to move an immigration measure, which ultimately disintegrated when Carter, among others, dropped out of the group, citing distrust of Obama to enforce immigration laws.

Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., has also been appointed to Boehner’s new task force, and on Wednesday his panel will host a hearing devoted entirely to the crisis. The group is rounded out by Homeland Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who also has some jurisdiction over the issue, along with Reps. Steve Pearce and Matt Salmon, whose districts in New Mexico and Arizona, respectively, have a stake in what occurs at the border.

  • Mike S

    ” Once again, the Administration has failed to [do congress’ job] and therefore, Congress must do its [job].”
    – I’ve fixed the quote.

  • David Farrar

    The American people are being played for suckers, again, by the likes of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. Few, if any, of the children presently being sent illegally across our southwestern borders will ever get deported — that is yet another Obama lie. This was all part of the plan as Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart well knows. This mass immigration surge has Obama’s fingerprints all over it: create the crisis. Have them all well rehearsed as to exactly what to say when they turn themselves over to Border Patrol officials, and deportation hearings will take years to be held, if ever.

    In the meantime, the second-sucker punch comes from Reps like Mario, and others, trying to pay the sympathy card on ordinary Americans who know no better, trying to blame anti-amnesty Tea Party supports for being so cruel and hateful as to want to deport these children back into the drug-infested world they are only trying to escape. It’s your classic one-two punch, and Boehner is playing right into their hands because he, too, is part of the conspiracy.*

    ex animo
    *My source: “Child immigrants can legally stay in US for years”

    • A Semper Fi Marine

      Watch the Movie “Wag the Dog”. Your not that far off base

  • Tom Smith

    The “Task Force” is made up of Amnesty Pimps.

    • A Semper Fi Marine

      TRUE DAT!!

  • Tom Smith

    “There are two imperatives here: protect those children and secure our border.”

    “Protect” the children from who or what?
    The best way to protect Guatemalans is to send them back to Guatemala.

  • David Lakatos

    It’s more than just Children crossing the border. I can’t believe how clueless you people are. There is a invasion going on at the border. Obama has let loose more that 60.000 hard core 3rd world illegal criminals on Americans. But he wants to take your guns. Obama sure does like releasing criminals on Americans.

    • BajaRat

      This cretin Obama should have been impeached and locked up long ago. When he loses the Senate I hope that will be at the top of their agenda.

  • Ama Zohn

    In 2012, the brain-dead apparatchiks of the Obama regime wasted $96,000 on iPads for kids. In kindergarten.

  • Gavrila Derzhavin

    Here we find a delusional democrat dummy claiming that the 2013 sequestration would eliminate 170 million jobs:


    Senator John Boehner, the new face of the Republican Party..

    The Republican Party has failed the three million unemployed families STILL WITHOUT an extension of benefits, since late last December. Over the past six months, the Republican senate has held the extension bill “hostage” in the senate, for political leverage, and party agenda. They have sentenced these families to financial ruin and deep poverty, which many may not recover from. While they fought tooth & nail for the Koch Brother’s oil pipeline bill to be passed, they totally ignored these struggling families. The Republicans have shown a total lack of compassion, and common decency towards the disadvantaged in our country. The new face of their party is Senator John Boehner. This is a man that has rejected every idea and every bill that would benefit average Americans. Billions of dollars have been approved for the Ukraine, while the extension bill is still not passed to help these families.

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