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Eye to Eye: Obama, Hispanic Caucus To Meet On Border Crisis

Hispanic lawmakers will take up with President Barack Obama his request to speed up deportation proceedings of border children and families.
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Just before a meeting with President Barack Obama, a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) called for leadership on the surge of children arriving at the Texas-Mexico border.

Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., said in an opinion article the response thus far to the children “reaffirms, to me, everything wrong with our politics today.”

He called the issue a “crisis of inaction” on immigration reform, blaming House Speaker John Boehner and urged action from the president.

CHC members will meet with Obama at the White House Wednesday afternoon. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, outspoken in his criticism of Obama on the issue, planned to attend. He filed a bill with Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas which includes changing existing laws to facilitate returning children to their home countries, drawing criticism from some fellow members.


Suzanne Gamboa