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February 7, 2016

Obama’s $4B Bill for Border Surge Gets Frosty Reception on the Right

UNITED STATES - MARCH 6: Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee Lamar Smith, R-Texas, makes his case for funding of his committee during the House Administration Committee hearing on "Committee Funding for the 113th Congress" on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Smith, R-Texas, said he doesn’t trust the president on border security. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reaction to President Barack Obama’s request for almost $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the Texas border crisis was met with skepticism Tuesday by most Republicans, but especially by hard-liners who have consistently blamed White House policies for the surge in illegal immigration.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said in a statement that Obama “created this disaster.”

“Most of the money requested in the President’s supplemental seems geared towards processing Central Americans than stopping the surge itself,” Goodlatte said.

Another Republican who has consistently accused the president of failing to enforce border security, Lamar Smith of Texas, said in a statement he doesn’t trust the president.

“I’d be happy to give the President $3.7 billion to secure the border if I thought he’d actually do it. But time and again President Obama has shown that he cares more about the interests of illegal immigrants than of law abiding citizens,” Smith said in a statement.

“Congress shouldn’t give President Obama a single penny until we see him use the current resources to secure the border, increase interior enforcement, and reduce illegal immigration.”

Rep. Stephen Fincher of Tennessee tweeted that the president is “incapable” of leadership on the border, former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said it was time to impeach Obama, and the conservative Heritage Foundation, which often serves as a bellwether on which way Republican lawmakers will vote on an issue, came out against the spending request Tuesday afternoon.

Heritage Action Chief Executive Officer Michael A. Needham called the spending request a “non-starter.”

“The President should rescind his anti-enforcement policies and demonstrate a commitment to implementing existing law,” he said in a statement.

Corrected, 5:54 p.m.: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated when Heritage Action issued a statement. It was Tuesday afternoon.

  • Joe Schmuccatelli

    Obama could start by staying off the golf course, playing less basketball and doing his job. Someone should tell him that his job is to enforce existing federal immigration laws rather then unilaterally and illegally ignoring them.

    Obama is asking for 3.7 billion dollars in order to build concentration camps on US soil. He will only use the extra money to perpetuate his own lawless behavior anyway. The money is to make sure that every illegal alien never leaves the USA. He is a saboteur.

    There are two democrats stopping every effort at border security and immigration reform. They are Senator Reid and President Obama.

  • Jazzy

    Meanwhile, working Americans who paid taxes for their whole lives cannot get the emergency unemployment assistance they need to feed their families and look for work. And Obama is quiet as a mouse…

  • Pamela

    NO. NO. NO. Put our National Guard on our border that is already being paid.

    • Peter Gardiner

      Just a correction here – the National Guard are not paid on a regular basis but only when they are mobilized. Thus your request would also cost money that is not in the current budget.

  • catfood

    billions to provide lawyers for illegals….. Sen Jim Coburn said this morning it would be 80% cheaper to throw them on planes and deport them

  • Marrkedman

    I ouldn’t giv president POS another nickle of the tax payer’s money.

  • mifouf

    Not. To. Be. Trusted. End of story.

  • Wizz Key

    In Phoenix, illegal aliens account for about 80% of the arrest warrants for murder.

  • Anne Tie

    In July, 2010 an illegal alien murdered 19-year-old college freshman Vanessa Pham in Fairfax, Virginia.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    Senator John Boehner, and his republican cohorts in the senate, are directly responsible for the three million unemployed families, STILL without an extension of benefits since late last December. They have single handedly pushed these families into further financial ruin and deep poverty, over these last six months, without an extension bill. While they fought vigorously on behalf of the Koch brother’s oil pipeline bill, they totally disregarded the suffering of these families. While congress approved billions of dollars in aid for the Ukraine, and more money set aside for the defense of Europe, these American families were left hung out to dry. Recently more money is requested to support the illegal migrant children pouring undisrupted into our country, at the border. The president is planning on assisting these children with tax payer’s dollars. While this is commemorated, what about the three million unemployed Americans that have been forgotten about, who are still in a desperate financial situation, in our own country? Why are our poor and unemployed never a priority to our own government? It’s appalling.

  • crosxb

    We are very pleased that that at least the Republicans in Congress are very skeptical to President Obama’s request for an amazing amount of money – $3.7 Billlion dollar request. Why can our country so easily consider a $3.7 Billion to help illegal foreigners when our own families and their children are struggling so hard?!

    Obama can follow the suggestion made by Rep. Steny Hoyer who suggested that the Unaccompanied children (UACs) be deported —
    “The United States cannot be expected to give sanctuary to every single
    child in the world that is exposed to danger in their country because of the
    failure of the country’s government or local municipality’s government to
    assist in keeping their own children safe.”

    We stand with the Houston mom who said ” What about the kids here? In our
    neighborhood? In our country? Not just in this neighborhood but in our country.
    All these kids? Really? Why can’t they go back?”

    Obama doesn’t need any additional funds – he can use the National Guard to assist with processing them and use military transport planes to fly the surgers home.

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