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?
Tonight on Crossfire, Van Jones asks former Rep. Patrick Kennedy about the impact the drug war has had on the African-American community.
Do you agree with Van? Or were you siding with Rep. Kennedy?
Colorado did it. Will the nation follow?
Since Colorado has become the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, they have had lines wrapped around the corner with eager customers. But should we be worried? Or should the rest of the country follow in Colorado's lead?
We hash it out tonight at 6:30pm ET with former Rep. Patrick Kennedy and Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
We want you to weigh in: Should marijuana be legal nationwide?