Obama heads to Texas

President has no plans to visit border.
Associated Press
Jul 9, 2014

For President Barack Obama, the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly becoming a political liability, giving Republicans a fresh opportunity to question his administration's competence and complicating the debate over the nation's fractured immigration laws.

Still, Obama is resisting calls to visit the border during his two-day fundraising trip to Texas, where he arrives late Wednesday afternoon. Instead, Obama will hold a meeting hundreds of miles away in Dallas to discuss the crisis with faith leaders and Texas officials, including Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

Obama's trip comes one day after he asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to get more resources to the border.

The roundtable discussion in Dallas is seen by the White House as a way to address the immigration issue while avoiding awkward optics at the border. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have arrived there in recent months, many fleeing violence in Central America, but also drawn by rumors that they can stay in the U.S. White House officials say most are unlikely to qualify for humanitarian relief and will be sent back to their home countries.

Obama's decision to skip a border visit is likely to provide more fodder for the Republicans and the handful of Democrats who say the president hasn't responded quickly and forcefully enough to the mounting crisis.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, raised the prospect that Obama's failure to take a firsthand look at the border crisis could be akin to former President George W. Bush viewing the devastation of Hurricane Katrina from the air instead of on the ground.

"I'm sure that President Bush thought the same thing, that he could just look at everything from up in the sky, and then he owned it after a long time," Cuellar said on Fox News. "So I hope this doesn't become the Katrina moment for President Obama, saying that he doesn't need to come to the border. He should come down."

Perry, a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2016, has been scathing in his criticism of Obama, saying the White House has failed to respond to his repeated warnings about a flood of minors at the border.

"I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from," Perry said Sunday.

Even immigrant advocates, who say Obama's response has been too focused on enhancing enforcement and deportation, said he would benefit from witnessing the influx first hand.

"It would have been nice for him to see and speak to some of these children and some of these mothers with children who've come -- to find out first hand why they're coming," Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights and justice at the Women's Refugee Commission, said Wednesday. "I think that would make a difference in how he sees this problem."

The president was traveling to Texas from Denver, where he also raised money for Democratic candidates.

Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House wasn't worried about the optics of the president traveling to Texas without visiting the border. Officials also pointed to Obama's request to Congress on Tuesday for additional resources at the border as a sign of the president's engagement in the crisis.

If approved by Congress, the funding would go to increase detention, care and transportation of unaccompanied children, help speed the removal of adults with children by increasing the capacity of immigration courts, and increase prosecution of smuggling networks. The money also would help increase surveillance at the border and help Central American countries repatriate border-crossers sent back from the United States.

Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill seemed open to the emergency spending request. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the Senate would act on it this month.

But Republicans criticized Obama for pulling back on plans to pursue legal changes that would allow the administration to send the minors back to Central America more quickly. The proposals had infuriated immigrant advocates, who say the changes could result in harsh treatment of kids and eliminate their legal protections.

"He just decided not to do that because of the pushback he got from some in his own political base," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. "We need to solve the problem, but you don't need to just ignore the cause of the current crisis. And that requires more than just appropriating $3.7 billion for additional judges and the like."

 

Comments

There you go again

Send Obama over the border, please!

swiss cheese kat

I, myself, just see 0-bama as a coward.

JACKEL

There you go !

bayshore

Put him on his fancy bus and send him to the border. With any luck the A/C might break down on the way.

Darwin's choice

Put him in a convertible, and drive him past the school book repository...

Donegan

Lee Harvey Oswald was a communist, He would never go against one of his own....

Contango

And make the Incompetent-in-Chief a martyr?

Rather have him emulate another deeply flawed & failed POTUS; see him flash the "V" sign and wave before climbing aboard AF1 and have him fly back to Chicago, Hawaii, Kenya, Mars or wherever this jamoke originated.

Biden - 2014.

44846GWP

Winnie, what you don't know could fill a library.

Contango

Re: "what you don't,"

Says the good, little programmed Obamabot.

The Big Dog's back

goofus/durwood, I hear they have some orangutans available for your brain transplant.

grumpy

You volunteered to be a living donor? Now that is altruism at it's finest!

Contango

Re: "orangutans,"

More intelligent than nonsensical blathering dogs. :)

Darwin's choice

Hey fatazz! The pills finally wearing off?

The Big Dog's back

Schedule your appointment yet goof?

JMOP

Where's Holysee at?

"Alcohol is the most dangerous drug. Drinking alcohol is likely to make you a crimimal. Own it."

Contango

In case anyone missed this, allow me to share:

"Poll: Obama 'worst president' since World War II"

http://www.usatoday.com/story/th...

Dr. Information

3....2....1...here comes the liberals with some off topic Bush rant to steer the car off the tracks.

jazzbo

Click on the Best President and tell me what you find.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/th...

Can you say : Contradictory ?

Reagan the best ?

Yea , Sport , there's something wrong with that poll.

Apparently , perception is not reality.

Contango

Re: "there's something wrong with that poll."

Based on what, your opinion? lol

Here's another for ya, Sport -

Gallup poll, job approval rating:

Disapprove: 54%

Approve: 42%

http://www.gallup.com/poll/11398...

Ya like that one better?

jazzbo

That's today , Sport.

Look at his track record.

You are near sighted and closed minded , aren't you , Sport ? lol

Contango

Re: "That's today,"

Today is all that matters, the future's uncertain and the past is gone.

jazzbo

Maybe.

44846GWP

Who cares Winnie? He is the President and will be for for two more years. Get over it.

Contango

Re: "He is the President and will be for for two more years,"

H*ll, you can't even predict your next bowel movement, Zippy.

Plenty of time for the incompetent's poll numbers to continue to sink.

Too bad OH's border is almost 2000 mis. away from Mex, you might be less of a useful idiot - but probably not.

The Big Dog's back

Polls in 2008 and 2012 had Obama losing to McLame and rmoney. So much for polls.

Contango

Re: "Polls in 2008 and 2012,"

Got a linked proof, or is it just your usual fantasy blather?

grumpy

Real Clear politics polls from 2008. They don't agree with your statement. This is a compilation of many polls. All had obama ahead.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com...

This is a compilation of 2012 polls by Real Clear Politics. obama was ahead on almost all of them as can be seen.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com...

This is more evidence of the quality of either piddles truthfulness, memory, or research. This is why some folks like to post links to their information and let folks see their results, and some folks just state what the HOPE was true, and then HOPE, again, that no one checks. I guess we know what BD does. But then what can you expect from someone who fell for HOPE and change, back in o8. HOPEfully their eyes will open someday, but then again I didn't fall for HOPE and change the first time aroundn the second time around, and doubt piddles has a HOPE in he77 of changing.

I know, I know, it is numbers and science, it isn't what piddles FEELS. it isn't fair. He FEELS what he wrote was correct, that is all that matters, not the facts. It is the emotion, not reality that really matters, he really, really wanted it to be true.

The Big Dog's back

Did I say all polls moron?

swiss cheese kat

Back to name calling. What your types do best.

jazzbo

....and types like you NEVER call people names , do they ?

Hypocrisy is what your type does best.
( And that IS the truth )

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