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July 12, 2014

Hall blames Obama for border crisis

Ever since Texas political leaders called for a border surge to alleviate the growing political, economic and social crisis at the Texas-Mexico border, the debate surrounding how to address the crisis has grown louder.

U.S. Representative Ralph Hall (R-Texas) places the blame for the crisis squarely on President Barack Obama.

“The crisis at the border largely rests on President Obama’s shoulders due to his passive stance on border security,” Hall said in a statement released Friday. “It has been widely reported that parents in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are sending their children across the border because U.S. law is not enforced. This lax enforcement has incentivized many to make the dangerous trek from Central America during which they face extreme heat exposure, threats of sexual molestation, and violence at the hands of drug cartels and others involved in the smuggling.”

Gov. Rick Perry called on Obama to deploy National Guard troops to improve border security. The two leaders met briefly in Dallas in what Obama termed was a “constructive” exchange.

Obama recently requested $3.7 billion from Congress to enact his border security plan, one that includes constructing more detention centers, hiring more border security and increasing aerial surveillance.

 But his response has met with criticism from members of Congress who claim the request is too high and that Obama has reacted too slowly and indecisively to combat the issue.

Hall echoed the sentiments of many of his Congressional colleagues, indicating that Obama’s immigration policies, not money, is the issue.

“To protect America’s border communities, we must promptly remove incentives for future illegal immigrants by quickly returning these unaccompanied children home,” Hall said. “America should then cut off all foreign aid to Central America until these countries begin to work with the U.S. to address the issue. It is also vital that the President begin to actively enforce current law and work to strengthen border security. This crisis cannot be solved by another blank check, as the President has requested.”

Hall said that he would continue to work with Gov. Perry to resolve the situation.

“Not only are lives endangered due to lack of U.S. border security, but the flood of Central Americans attempting to enter the U.S. illegally is putting severe stress on border communities,” Hall said. “That is why I am proud to support Governor Perry’s diligent efforts to address this crisis and get the President involved. I will continue to support Governor Perry and monitor the ongoing border crisis that is directly impacting Texans, and I will actively represent the views of my constituents.”

Texas has seen an influx of illegal immigration recently. From September 2013 through April 2014, Border Patrol caught approximately 160,000 illegally crossing into Texas via the Rio Grande Valley, more than the department apprehended in the previous fiscal year.

In May 2014, the United States Customs and Border Patrol reported apprehending 1,100 illegal immigrants a day.

Border Patrol said the majority of immigrants were coming from Central America.

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