Texas is the center of the current crisis at the border. From Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, thousands upon thousands of children are pouring into the United States.
This flood of foreign children is not a problem of border security. They are not sneaking across the border illegally. Under the Feinstein Amendment of 2008, unaccompanied minors from these countries can present themselves at a legal border crossing, claim to be political refugees and seek asylum.
The argument on the left is that these three countries have violent gangs and therefore we have a moral obligation to take in their children. One Democratic senator told me that the real key was to end violence in those three countries. Read more
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, a strong proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, said that he's disappointed in President Barack Obama's refusal to visit the southern U.S. border with Mexico.
"It does bother me,” he said on tonight's show about Obama not visiting the border. “I wish the President of the United States were going down [to the border] and visiting the children and visiting the site tonight."
Democratic Congressman questions Obama's immigration proposal
Rep. Gutiérrez questions the administration's proposal to alleviate the border crisis. Rep. Bridenstein debates with S.E. Cupp and Van Jones.
He will be in Texas tonight, but President Barack Obama has no plans to visit the border area where tens of thousands of young immigrants have illegally entered the country in recent months to create what his administration labels an urgent humanitarian problem.
The trip to the Lone Star State - the epicenter of the immigration influx - includes Democratic Party fundraising events, and after some political squabbling, a meeting with Republican Gov. Rick Perry.
That's not enough for GOP critics or even some of Obama's fellow Democrats.
At 6:30pm ET, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones host a debate with Reps. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) and Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)
We want you to weigh in: Should Obama visit the kids at the border while he's in Texas?
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.
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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.
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?
Govs. Ted Strickland and Bob Ehrlich debated immigration tonight with Stephanie Cutter and Newt Gingrich. Gov. Strickland says, "We’ve got a crisis and we’ve got to deal with it." How do you think we should fix this crisis?
We want you to weigh in on today's Fireback: Should undocumented children be returned to their home countries?