Yesterday, President Obama paid a visit to Gov. Perry in Texas to discuss the border crisis where tens of thousands of children from Central America are being allowed into the country. Following this meeting, Obama held a press conference in which he condemned Republicans for not accepting his immigration reform proposals. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) criticized the president for not visiting the border to see what his policies have wrought.
Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion dollars with which to deal with the border crisis by sending more federal agents to assist with the detention centers along with lawyers and judges to facilitate processing them. Republican critics slammed the president that this was the same amount they asked for three years ago as the cost of closing the border to illegal immigrants. In El Paso three years ago, Obama mocked them saying he had closed the border but they “kept moving the goal posts” wanting a “moat with alligators” to stop illegal border crossing.
While Gov. Perry and Sen. Cruz call for the border to be closed, Former Speaker of the House, now House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal.), advocated for taking action to move the children and their families into a better situation in the USA as quickly as possible.
Obama said he refused to visit the border for a “photo op,” but instead says he wants to focus on a solution from Republicans in Congress. He condemned Republicans as the cause of the problem wanting to “play politics” rather than find a solution. As Obama has declared that the border is more secure than it has ever been, Gov. Perry condemned his claim following their meeting.