In a rebuttal to a July 17 press release issued by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — in which Reid charged that legislation introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to end President Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) was being used as “ransom” — Cruz leveled a charge of his own during a July 20 Fox News interview:
As the severe crisis on our southern border — especially the influx of thousands of unaccompanied children who have come here illegally from Central America — receives daily coverage by the media, prospects of Congress passing “immigration reform” legislation during this session are becoming very unlikely.
A bipartisan pair of legislators from Texas, Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar, introduced bills in their respective houses on July 15 that would expedite the processing of minors who have illegally crossed the border into the United States.
Both medical professionals and officers with the Border Patrol union have expressed concern about the number of illegal immigrants, including the many unaccompanied children housed at federal holding facilities, who have communicable diseases.
In an explosive letter hand-delivered to the offices of all 535 members of Congress, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) warned fellow lawmakers that a new plot by Obama to grant amnesty to millions more illegal immigrants by executive decree “threatens the foundation of our constitutional Republic.”
As our nation struggles to deal with an almost uncontrollable surge of illegal immigrants crossing our southern border, many in government seek to place the blame for the crisis on their political opponents.
Gathered at the summer meeting of the National Governors Association in Nashville on July 13, several governors shared their views about Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell’s efforts to gain their support for hosting thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America who have illegally crossed our borders.