Immigration reform is front in center as a new crisis on the boarder has both political parties scrambling for ideas on how to fix the problem. President Obama has requested nearly $4 billion to deal with the issue, but it's unknown if Republicans in Congress will comply.
As a major influx of Central American minors flood the southern border, something has to be done and be done quickly. As part of President Obama's proposed emergency package, the $3.7 billion would include building more detention centers, increasing border patrol and air surveillance, and adding immigration judges. Republicans are, once again, skeptical of the president's ideas and refuse to give him what they call a "blank check" without a more detailed plan.
One outspoken Republican has taken his distrust of President Obama to a new level even by Tea Party standards. During an interview with Newsmax host Steve Malzberg, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) stated that President Obama was possibly staging the crisis on the border in an attempt to bring illegal immigrants into the country who he could mold into voting for Democrats.
“In the end, they have said that they want to turn Texas blue, they want to turn America blue...And if you bring in hundreds of thousands or millions of people and give them the ability to vote and tell them — as Quico Canseco said, he had illegals in his district that were told, ‘If you want to keep getting the benefits, you have to vote, and President Obama’s lawyers are not going to allow them to ask for an ID, so go vote or you’re going to lose the benefits you’re getting now.’ That drives people to vote and it will ensure that Republicans don’t ever get elected again.”
This isn't the first time that Rep. Gohmert has engaged in an alleged "Obama conspiracy." In 2012, along with five other Republicans in Congress, Gohmert outlined a letter which was sent to the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and other government organizations voicing their concerns that members of the Muslim Brotherhood were working within the Obama administration.