President Obama has requested nearly $4 billion to deal with the border crisis as thousands of undocumented and underage children enter the United States from Central America. While the situation needs to be addressed, one Republican believes that the president will use that money to fund "Obamacare."
Immigration reform is once again in the news as many ponder what do with thousands of children crossing the border from Central America. Conservatives and Republicans are calling for increased border security and continuing the building of the fence. President Obama, on the other hand, has called for $3.8 billion for the building of new detention centers, adding immigration judges, and increasing border patrols and air surveillance. Republicans have denied the president's request, claiming they don't want to give Obama a "blank check" without more details about his plan. One Republican has taken her criticism even further, claiming that President Obama will use that money to fund his signature health care plan. During an interview with the conservative radio show "Washington Watch," Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) unloaded.
"I can guarantee you it's not going to take $1.8 billion for another three months of handling these centers and these children...I think they need that money to help bail out Obamacare. And a good reason to vote no on the president's request is because what he's trying to do is shore up money, and that money's fungible once it gets to HHS and can help cover up some of the failings of Obamacare."
Whether you would approve President Obama's request and no matter where you stand on the issue of immigration, it's clear that Republican paranoia is alive and well and not helping to solve the problem.