It’s just how they roll. The Democrats in DC will not allow changes to the 2008 law they claim is the source of the problem for unaccompanied minors, ie. “the border crisis”, unless the GOP cough up the $3.7 billion that Obama claims is needed because the law has not been changed…..
…. Nonsensical, yeah, we know, but that’s the Democrats’ position and they’re sticking to it.
WASHINGTON DC – Republicans and Democrats in the House are clashing over whether changes to a 2008 human trafficking law should be included in emergency legislation for the border.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday morning said he would seek to link changes to the trafficking law to the emergency funding, with Republicans making a final decision on their strategy by the end of the week.
Republicans have blamed the influx of children at the border on the 2008 law, which they say has served as an incentive for people to enter the United States. The law allows minors entering the country from Central America, but not Mexico, to request asylum hearings.
House Democrats are balking at the push, arguing the debate over the trafficking law should be kept separate.
“The first priority we have is to meeting the challenge that confronts us today,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (Md.), the second-ranking House Democrat, told reporters. “And that is ensuring the fact that [federal agencies] … have the resources necessary to ensure the humane and appropriate handling of the children that they have responsibility for.”
“Hearings need to be held on that, debate needs to be held on that in committee, and we need to consider that, and not consider it in the timeframe that is necessary to deal with this humanitarian crisis that we have now,” Hoyer said.
The child trafficking law has emerged as a flashpoint in the debate over immigration. Critics say the law is contributing to the border surge that has overwhelmed officials in the Southwest, but supporters of the policy say it is needed to help children whose lives are at risk.
The White House tried to stay out of the fray on Tuesday, saying the policy changes in the bill would be up to Congress to decide.
“In terms of the legislative machinations of all this, we’re going to rely on Congress to do its business in the way they think is most appropriate,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “What we would like to see is prompt action.”
But Earnest said the White House does “believe that individuals from Central America who are apprehended along the southwest border are entitled to due process.”
“That is a principle that this administration continues to support,” Earnest said (read more)