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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest: No 'Plan B' on immigration border prob

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says there is no "Plan B" in place for immigration issue.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says there is no "Plan B" in place for immigration issue.
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On July 15 when White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest took the podium in the live Fox News broadcast briefing, he didn't mince words when asked what the Obama administration expected from Congress on the matter of the border immigration issue.

Earnest stated in the Fox News video that the White House administration had "laid out a detailed, complicated request" to Congress on this matter before, and that "there has already been ample opportunity for Congress to take action" to resolve this issue before now. But when pressed further; however, he made it clear that the administration was "going to rely on Congress to do their business in the way they feel is most efficient."

But the immigration crisis continues to divide the nation and leave the Southern portion of the country in upheaval, as other states continue to complain about being forced to allow illegal immigrants into their already taxed state systems.

In a CNN poll released on July 15, the poll results show that the American public is displeased with how President Obama has handled this immigration crisis and issue. Likewise, they are also unhappy with members of the GOP in Congress about how they have handled the matter. So reporters at the Tuesday briefing were looking for some type of new game plan of action.

So it came as no surprise that one reporter would ask the White House press secretary to share what "Plan B" would be, since it looks like there is an impasse between Congress and the president. To which Josh Earnest kept reiterating there was no 'Plan B' where the administration is concerned. They doggedly continue to insist that Congress might acquiesce to their demand that "Congress give us additional resources" and "give greater authority to the secretary of Homeland Security."

If that does not happen, however, the topic was broached of a possible need to pass a new law, but Earnest said that bill had not been filed yet. It appears the president is hoping to stand his ground on the issue and that public outcry will force Congress to give into his demand for $4 million dollars to put towards this problem.

But Raoul Lowery Contreras of Fox News Latino opined on Monday that this problem amounts to a failure of leadership in the White House with President Obama, who campaigned on immigration reform but didn't spend his first year in office making it happen, like he promised. He thinks the other failure lies in the fact that Congress left a loop hole in the Juvenile Protection Act of 2008, which prevents Mexico and Canada from doing what Central America is doing now: creating a 'Kids to USA' business.

While most are torn emotionally on the issue of sending children back into harms way by deporting them once they have made it this far, they are equally concerned about the massive financial toll it will take on the average taxpayer who will eventually be footing the $4 billion dollars the president is asking to spend. But in a Wall Street Journal piece on Monday, David Stoll had something additional to add to the discussion that is worth noting: Migration itself produces victims. And he is referring to the fact that just because children make it into the U.S. does not mean their lives (or the lives of their families back home) will be the better for it.

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