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In the Crossfire: Immigration and medical marijuana
July 8th, 2014
04:27 PM ET

In the Crossfire: Immigration and medical marijuana

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.

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  1. kurt

    The fact is the only people who can fix this is congress.

    Congress has set the laws that the president is following. Those laws do not allow him to turn these kids away at the border. They require that he hold an individual hearing for each child to determine if they are political refugees. If they are, he's required to allow them to stay. If not, he's required to deport them using the formal deportation process.

    This is not the president deciding to do these things... this is the law passed by congress.

    And congress is threatening to sue him for not following their laws... and then turning around and blaming him for following their laws.

    Stop playing the blame game GOP. If you want to fix this... then FIX it. Work on immigration reform. If you can't agree to a path for citizenship, then craft a bill without that in place and try to find the votes to make it happen. If you don't have the votes then COMPROMISE. But fix the dang law if it's broke.

    Don't blame the president for carrying out a law that you passed.

    July 9, 2014 at 11:06 am | Reply
  2. Minnie Mouse

    Asking for $3.7 billion in emergency funds when we don't have an emergency like you are thinking. NOW is the time to put an end to the free pass to border crossing before we have a real dire crisis and emergency on our hands!! The crisis is not coming from our country so we shouldn't have to foot the bill!! Drugs, guns, numerous illnesses will go untreated to then become contagious, hungry children and adults, no adequate housing or sanitation ect....brought into our country from all the illegals crossing the border. These people are coming into our country illegally and it doesn't matter if they are adults or children because they can all be deported right back without having to cost our country billions of dollars. How much funds are we asking for the millions of Americans who are homeless and let alone some of them are mentally ill and on the streets who need dire medical attention that cannot get the help needed??. It's obvious that our country has it's own gun problems, drug problems, people needing houses, people who can't get medical care, people needing assistant with food ect..., "So why allow thousands by the thousands into our country continually that are here illegally when we can't even take care of the people in America?".

    The country has been spending years and continuous money trying to keep drugs off the streets and we are teaching our children at schools how bad drugs are and as of today we are still doing this. If marijuana is so great that it's a cure for medical problems and recreational uses, then every person would either need to be running to the doctor to get a prescription and anyone else who wants to use it recreationally should be able to grow it at freely as we want in our backyards or bake anything we want to with it. We wouldn't have any voting in any states the federal government would have no issues, the drug would be a free for all for anyone to do what they want with it. This is 100% not the case because the drug is illegal. There is no greatness in anything about legalizing marijuana and we are setting terrible examples for our children.

    July 9, 2014 at 7:45 am | Reply

    Reblogged this on Omaha News & World Report.

    July 8, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  4. 2_indy1600

    Did I miss the discussion of the medical issues coming into the country with these children? They are presenting TB, chicken-pox, scabies and other medical problems that we can't address. Starting to wonder if this hasn't been a stunt to try to force the expansion of Obamacare in Texas by a president that won't even visit the border to evaluate with his own eyes. Children are being housed in abandoned schools in Dallas. Guess that's as close as he wants to get, and he has great medical care we pay for. What a guy!

    July 8, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  5. janemarion

    I couldn't help but notice how Stephanie managed to push both Newt Gingrich and Sen. Coburn into a very uncomfortable corner over the "States rights" component of their feeble argument.
    The backpeddling was a sight to behold.
    Way to go Stephanie...

    July 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  6. Lynn Morris

    We had a Catholic Priest who spoke in our church on Sunday. He was a missionary fro Guatemala. He said sending 40,000 children back to their country was sending them to their deaths. Why don't we listen to people who are missionaries? I do not agree with Republican rumors.

    July 8, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • Hector Slagg

      Total BS. If that were true they would already be dead.

      July 9, 2014 at 12:35 am | Reply
  7. REGinAZ

    Recently I was getting emails (before I requested they stop) from Republican interests pushing the anti-Obama hatred and was struck with the large volume and exaggerated venom of them and of course with how ridiculous they were in ignoring reality and just exploiting emotions. They are always very aggressive with their propaganda and are obviously counting on exciting people's emotions and keeping voters from ever being objective and rational. "Obama is responsible for and at fault for every problem" is their theme and common sense literally destroys that ... which should make people understand they are being lied to, being insultingly taken for granted as if "pawns" to be conned, used and abused.

    July 8, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Reply

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