WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says the public won't support spending money on the border crisis unless Congress makes policy changes to return migrant kids home faster.
In a statement Tuesday Boehner also charges that President Barack Obama's refusal to stand up to Democratic critics is jeopardizing Congress' ability to act.
At issue is a 2008 law that Republicans want to change to allow Central American kids to be sent back home without lengthy legal proceedings.
The White House has supported such changes but has sent mixed signals and Democrats have grown increasingly opposed.
Now Congress looks like it may take no action to deal with the border crisis or Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request.
Still Boehner says House Republicans will work to chart a path forward.
STATEMENT FROM GOV. BREWER:
“I, along with my fellow governors, today participated in a conference call with the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the Director of the White House Office Intergovernmental Affairs. During the call, it was confirmed what I have long suspected – the Obama administration has specifically chosen to avoid its due diligence and is releasing Unaccompanied Alien Children into the care and custody of so-called ‘sponsors’ -- individuals about whom the administration does not check immigration or deportation status.
As a Governor, it’s beyond frustrating that, once again, this administration deliberately neglects its duty to act in a responsible manner and uphold the law. But as a mother, it’s unconscionable that federal officials willingly release children into the permanent custody of people of which little – if anything – is known.
I call on the President Obama and his administration to immediately correct this practice and expedite the removal of illegal aliens to their home country. The American people have had enough. They demand immediate action to return illegal aliens – whether adults or minors – to their countries of origin and secure our border. I am confident voters will hold our elected officials accountable at the ballot box.”