The chaos on the southern border has prompted America's mayors to take action. On Sunday they called on Congress to immediately convene a bipartisan meeting to enact legislation addressing the urgency of illegal immigration. The influx from the south has become a major financial burden on local governments.
Speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Dallas, Anaheim, CA., Mayor Tom Tait, a Republican and co-chair of the Immigration Reform Task Force, a bipartisan group within the United States Conference of Mayors said, "Forget the D thing. Forget the R thing.”
The mayors agree that more must be done for increased border security and support of city and state governments whose finances are being strained by costs associated to illegal immigration.
Since last October, 52,000 unaccompanied children have illegally crossed the U.S. border with Mexico, according to the Department of Homeland Security on Friday. The White House sees it as a “humanitarian crisis.”
Last week, the White House announced it was “expanding the government's ability to process and deport people and announcing new funding to boost security in crime-plagued Central American countries.” The results have not been seen by anyone within the border enforcement community witnessing the young people invasion.
Many in Washington point the blame directly at President Barack Obama's 2012 decision to give temporary relief from deportation to some young people brought to the United States illegally by their parents. This influx is a direct result of that.
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