Sen. Tom Coburn said Tuesday he opposes President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to address the influx of unaccompanied minors across the southwest border.
"That's $60,000 per child we will spend, in emergency money," the Oklahoma Republican said on CNN's "Crossfire."
"That shows how incompetent [the government] is."
Coburn said providing additional resources for detention spaces and immigration attorneys to the minors is the "wrong approach."
"We can put them all on a first class seat to their homes, that's $8 million,' he added.
Could legalizing marijuana become 'tragedy'?
Senator and doctor Tom Coburn says legalizing recreational marijuana could become a tragedy. Sen. Cardin debates.
President Barack Obama cares, the White House insisted Tuesday in asking Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to better respond to the flood of immigrants illegally crossing the border into Texas.
No he doesn't, say Republicans who note Obama doesn't plan to visit the border area when he travels to Texas - the epicenter of the immigrant influx - on Wednesday for a trip that includes a meeting with Gov. Rick Perry. Full story
Also in the political sphere: weed. New York became the latest state to permit the use of medical marijuana on Monday.Follow @Crossfire
At 6:30pm ET, Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter host a debate with Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Tom Coburn (R-OK)
We want you to weigh in: Do you support legalizing recreational marijuana?
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who has been a harsh critic of President Obama's foreign policy, now says in the last 24 hours, Obama has done a very good job in handling the Russia/ Ukraine crisis.
Kohn: GOP undermining Obama's leadership
Sally Kohn asks Sen. Lindsey Graham about his recent criticism on President Obama and if it's undermining him on the world stage.
Is Ukraine related to Benghazi?
Sally Kohn questions Sen. Graham on his connection from Benghazi to the Ukraine crisis.
Kohn: Obama vs. Putin? That's sick!
Sally Kohn was outraged that The Daily Caller put out a survey who would make a better President: Obama or Putin.
President Obama signed an Executive Order Thursday allowing the U.S. government to impose a host of sanctions on both individuals and entities deemed to be violating Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. FULL STORY
Is the President's Ukraine diplomacy paying off or failing? At 6:30pm ET on Crossfire, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) go head-to-head in a debate joined by Newt Gingrich and guest host Sally Kohn.
Sen. Graham has been highly critical of the President’s foreign policy, calling him "weak and indecisive" and going as far as blaming Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Benghazi.
In a CNN Opinion column, Kohn argues that the Republican attacks on Obama are hurting America’s global standing.
We want you to weigh in: Do you think GOP criticism of Obama undermines him on the world stage?
On tonight's Crossfire, Sen. Barrasso (R-WY) and Sen. Cardin (D-MD) debated economy, jobs, and how to improve the middle class. Who has the better strategy to get things done in Washington?
Cardin to Barrasso: work with us
Senators Ben Cardin and John Barrasso spar over government gridlock and working across the aisle.
Van Jones: GOP "false tears" over jobs numbers
Crossfire host Van Jones along with Kevin Madden debate whether Democrats or Republicans are better for the middle class.
Tonight on Crossfire: Fighting for the middle class and helping those who have lost their jobs. Why is it taking so long? What are Democrats and Republicans planning to get the economy on track?
At 6:30pm ET, Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and John Barrasso (R-WY) join Van Jones and guest host Kevin Madden in the Crossfire to debate today's standstill economy.
We want you to weigh in: Do you think the economy will grow stronger in 2014?