Krauthammer on Immigration: ‘Obama Opening Doors of America to This Influx’
On “Special Report” tonight, Charles Krauthammer discussed the growing immigration crisis.
The Associated Press reports:
President Barack Obama is holding off for now on seeking new legal authority to send unaccompanied migrant kids back home faster from the Southern border, following criticism that the administration's planned changes were too harsh.
Instead when Obama formally asks Congress for more than $2 billion in emergency spending Tuesday to deal with the border crisis, the request will not be accompanied by the policy changes that the White House had indicated it planned to seek, according to two congressional aides. The aides spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the matter by name ahead of the announcement.
White House officials said they still intend to pursue additional authorities to speed the return of the children who've been arriving by the thousands, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. But for now the White House request will focus on additional money for immigration judges, detention facilities, legal aid and other items that could address the situation on the border, which the administration has termed a humanitarian crisis.
The new approach comes after the White House told Congress last week that it would seek "additional authority" for the Homeland Security secretary to quickly return the minors back home. Immigration advocates understood this to mean that the children, who currently have the right to a hearing before an immigration judge, would lose that right and instead would have to make it through an initial screening with a Border Patrol agent.
Krauthammer explained that the 2008 law was intended for sex trafficking and for a small number of kids. It was not intended for the masses.
“Obama is clearly making the statement indirectly […] that he is opening the doors of America to this influx. It will double, it will triple," he said.
Krauthammer said Obama is doing it for political reasons.
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