Border state Republicans slammed President Barack Obama Wednesday for practicing “selective morality” in his policies towards migrant children coming to the United States, blaming the administration for failing to send the clear message that unaccompanied minors cannot remain illegally in the country.
Sen. John McCain, joined by three other border state GOPers, said Obama’s policies have resulted in the backlog of undocumented immigrants from Central American countries over other refugees.
“What about people in other parts of the world? Don’t they need this kind of relief? Aren’t they persecuted? What about the Middle East? What about Africa? This is selective morality that’s being practiced here,” McCain said on the Senate floor. “We want people to come to this country legally, we want them to come if they are persecuted. But we want [it in] an orderly fashion.”
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas called the president’s request for $3.7 billion for funding to address the crisis merely a plea for “a blank check.”
Sen. Ted Cruz blamed the influx of migrants on the president’s lax enforcement of border laws and his promise of deferred action on deportations for some undocumented people brought to the United States as children – a policy that would not apply to unaccompanied migrants arriving today.
“It is a disaster of the president’s own making,” Cruz said. “It is a disaster that is a direct result of President Obama’s lawlessness.”
- Carrie Dann
First published July 9 2014, 11:50 AM