Advancing the narrative that nothing is ever Obama’s fault, Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) says the rumors that Obama will likely use executive action to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, are being reported because House Republicans won’t pass the Senate’s immigration bill.
“I would applaud the president because all we’re doing is taking a sore, bleeding sore and watching it bleed, continue to be infected, and sprinkling water on top of it,” Lee said. “That’s what the Republicans are doing.”
Sorry, Sheila. As the Washington Post reported late last week, Obama was warned for almost a year that there was a serious problem of children flooding into America.
Thirty Border Patrol agents were assigned in August 2013 to drive the children to off-site showers, wash their clothes and make them sandwiches. As soon as those children were placed in temporary shelters, more arrived. An average of 66 were apprehended each day on the border and more than 24,000 cycled through Texas patrol stations in 2013. In a 41-page report to the Department of Homeland Security, the team from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) raised alarms about the federal government’s capacity to manage a situation that was expected to grow worse.
The researchers’ observations were among the warning signs conveyed to the Obama administration over the past two years as a surge of Central American minors has crossed into south Texas illegally. More than 57,000 have entered the United States this year, swamping federal resources and catching the government unprepared.
He knew, and he did nothing. Those are the facts.
“We’re blocked by an effort to destroy the good points or the good aspects of immigration reform,” Lee continued, “and the influx of immigrants who have come to this country beginning with the Statute of Liberty all making the nation great.”
And in case she didn’t make it clear that the border and the immigration crisis can’t be fixed because Republicans won’t stop being mean to Obama, Lee says, “The president has tried in every manner of seeking a comprise with Speaker Boehner and Republicans.”
Sure he has, Sheila. Sure he has.
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