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Bridget Johnson


July 15, 2014 - 10:06 am

A Texas Democrat said he doesn’t think President Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency stopgap measure to address the border crisis addresses the roots of the problem, and said the commander in chief should have visited the border.

Other border colleagues of Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D-Texas) have been critical of the administration on the crisis, including Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and Ron Barber (D-Ariz.).

“The right decision for the president when he was in Texas was to go to the border, preferably McAllen or Brownsville where so many of these refugees are coming from Central America, or El Paso, Texas, the district I represent, which has hosted more than 2,000 family members from Central America,” O’Rourke told Fox News.

“Visit the families themselves, talk to them, hear their story. Talk to the Border Patrol, to ICE, to Annunciation House and other Catholic charities and volunteers who are helping these families out.”

O’Rourke said “the important thing now is to get the response to this situation right.”

“So I’m interested in the president’s proposal. I’m grateful that he’s made one. I’m listening to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to see how we can get this right and do the best thing for all concerned,” he said.

However, the congressman added, “the core problem, at least as I’ve heard it from the president and others, has not been addressed.”

“It’s not sealing the border between the U.S. and Mexico. It’s not sealing the border between Mexico and Guatemala. It’s addressing the issues like the drug demand that we have in this country that’s driving drug trafficking through these other countries and destabilizing them,” he said.

“It’s talking about a history of intervention and then neglect from the United States that has caused severe problems in governance and civil society. Those are very difficult, systemic issues that are gonna take a while to fix, and we’re not going to be able to do it unilaterally. We need to work with our partners in the area who, by the way, have also seen asylum requests from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to the neighboring countries — Belize, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica – have gone up over 700 percent over the last five years. So this is truly a hemispheric, a regional problem.”

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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Obama is not coming to the border.

Obama does not see what is happening at the border as a problem. Obama and his minions have collaborated to cause what is happening at the border. Obama will never repudiate that by performing any act that would promote or support the idea that what is happening at the border is a problem.
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It's all about harvesting future votes for Democrats, and even a few craven Republicans with their eyes on maintaining or securing their own tenure.

This is Politics at its worst.
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