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July 9, 2014 - 1:29 pm

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) today defended President Obama’s decision against visiting the southern border to view the current immigration crisis firsthand, saying the commander in chief is “very seized of this issue.”

However, Hoyer also carefully said that a decision by Obama to visit the border “wouldn’t hurt.”

“You know, I think that’s — would send a signal of his concern, but he is very concerned. He’s indicated that going to the border would be — I don’t want to sound too cynical, photo-op,” Hoyer told reporters on the Hill.

Obama arrives in Austin on Thursday, where he plans to “highlight the actions his administration has taken – more than 40 since January – to benefit hardworking Americans,” according to senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer.

“The president has been spending a lot of time and effort. Jeh Johnson, the secretary, has gone down there, vice president went down to Central America, and clearly this administration is very, very engaged, you know,” Hoyer said. “Nobody has to go to the border — I haven’t been to the border, but nobody has to go to the border to know that we have a lot of children presenting themselves at the border, presenting us with a humanitarian issue.”

The second-ranking Democrat in the House was asked whether Congress should revisit longer-term solutions to address the crisis, including a border fence.

“Well let’s say you added a fence just hypothetically, and you saw 500 children standing at the fence, and you saw them there 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours, 96 hours. There’s a fence there, they can’t go anywhere, they stay there. What do you do?” Hoyer replied.

“This is a humanitarian crisis, not a — these are children who are being used, or children who are fleeing from what they perceive to be danger. The issue is — most of these children, as I understand, are not sneaking across the border. Most of these children are presenting — they want to be taken into custody. And yes, you could build a fence so they can just stand at the fence, and they’re — one was a 4-year-old child.”

When asked if migrants would be coming in the first place if there was a fence, Hoyer responded, “Well, they may not, but clearly we have to indicate that they — they — we cannot give these children sanctuary except under extraordinary circumstances.”

“Obviously we have refugee status, and protective status for people, but at least a wholesale coming over the border children of either teens or less is not sustainable in the United States,” he added. “But whether the — whether the building a fence itself is the answer, we have fences along the border, as you know. Not every place, but most places, and people still come, and they come over, under, around the fences.”

“America’s a very attractive place to come to, and that causes us a problem, but we all agree, the border must be secure. We cannot have people coming in the United States who are not authorized to do so. That is a first principle of almost every advocate of comprehensive immigration reform.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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Someone form Ohio who was related to an illegal (spouse or inlaw) argued that it was too expensive. It would cost 10 billion dollars and OMG we don;t have the money.

Well Obama want 3.7 to 4.3 billion dollars.

So we can spend 37% to 43% of the money in one years for illegals but we cannot build a wall for 10 billion.

TARP money in the tens of billions was left over. They were printing money for everything except infrastructure and this wall.

There is a poblem with the we're too poor to build a wall argument.
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"Border Fence Not the Answer Because Kids Would Just Stand at Fence for Days" - Hoyer

The Mexican police, military & people would let those kids starve dehydrate and die on Mexican soil and do nothing?

WOW! Mexicans are heartless and cruel!
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"...because kids would just stand at the fence for days."

Well, as long as they're on the southern side of the fence they're Mexico's problem.
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"“Well let’s say you added a fence just hypothetically, and you saw 500 children standing at the fence, and you saw them there 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours, 96 hours. There’s a fence there, they can’t go anywhere, they stay there. What do you do?” Hoyer replied."

You call Mexico and tell them to round up all the effing kids that are standing on *their* side of the border! Boom. Done.
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hmmm, I just wonder who it was in the Nobama admin who discovered this 2008 law and when, and decided it would be perfect to manufacture this invasion (must have been around the end of last year, since they were advertising for drivers to ferry the illegals around way back in January). How often up until now has that law even been cited? But now, we have thousands of CENTRAL AMERICAN illegals invading our borders, not Mexican nationals to whom the law does not apply. It's really REALLY hard not to be a conspiracy theorist these days.
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Stand at the fence for days? So what.
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If we felt sorry for them we could pitch food and water over the fence and still not let them cross.
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Maybe those unemployed by the Obama economy should go stand at the White House fence with their kids to find out what our compassionate and enlightened government would do. Invite them in for a healthy meal of veggies and whole grains? Send them to school with the Obama kids?
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"Well let’s say you added a fence just hypothetically, and you saw 500 children standing at the fence, and you saw them there 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours, 96 hours. There’s a fence there, they can’t go anywhere, they stay there. What do you do?” Hoyer replied."

First off, if they're on the Mexican side of the border, they are Mexico's problem. Send the Mexican government a little message by making it their problem and the crossings will disappear in an instant.

Secondly, how many of the illegals has Hoyer got living in his house? Zero is a good bet.
9 weeks ago
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Crappy comment system double posted - again.
9 weeks ago
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According to Rush Limbaugh, Hoyer is trying to straddle the fence between Obama and Pelosi, whose plan is to transform the electorate into retarded third world government dependents and crime gangs, and his constituents who are appalled at what is clearly an invasion.
Estimates have been that the number of invaders are in the thousands, but the true number is around three million, and they aren't just children. There are Muslim terror cells and drug gangs in amongst the invaders.
Obama is keeping everything on the down low. People just don't realize that he's the real enemy.
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"Inside sources believe that Iranian scientists have already developed some “gems,” and are in the planning stages of possible ways to institute their use. Bio-warfare is definitely a part of Iran’s future plans."
http://guardianlv.com/2013/06/bio-warfare-in-iranian-plans/#SlFw6eTA6qvITvfW.99
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The very idea that a country's laws should be held hostage to illegals of any age is absurd. And where can the absurdity end? How about...

Irate minority transgender woman over weight and Muslim: You can't deny me pilot training just because I'm blind! I've wanted to be an Air Force fighter pilot all my life and if you don't sign me up I'll go right home and kill myself and it will be your fault!

Officer: No ma'am, wait you don't have to go home to kill yourself I'd be happy to choke the living hell out of you right here on the office floor.

But how about the cartel's who are facilitating all this children to the border game. Imagine that you were marketing director for one of the cartels (well, ok, but just for a second imagine that you were) how long would it be before you thought of expanding this idea. Why not bring in ship loads of Chinese, Indonesians, Indians and all manner of Middle Easteners by the millions, tens of millions; now that would be real money and if the US balked it could be called racist (The Rumplestiltskin word) if we accepted Central Americans and not these people. In fact the income would be of such an order that they could just install moving sidewalks from the ports right into our cities.

Only victims allow themselves to be taken hostage.
10 weeks ago
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So let the illegal alien kids stand outside the white house fence.
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I guess Steny Hoyer didn't read about the Krauthammer Kill-Shot on this issue.

If a fence won't work at the border then why is there a fence around the White House?

That's alright though...Steny Hoyer misses a LOT of things.
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