From Speaker Boehner’s office:
Speaker Boehner on the Humanitarian Crisis at the Southern Border
WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement on the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border:
“Republicans have made clear that we support efforts to take care of these children, return them safely to families in their home countries, and secure the border. As promised, our border working group, led by Rep. Kay Granger, has conducted an extensive review of the crisis, and will present recommendations to our conference this week. In addition, Chairman Rogers and the House Appropriations Committee have reviewed the administration’s supplemental request and will be presenting the results of that review. We look forward to reviewing the recommendations of our members, and charting a path forward.
“In order to resolve this crisis in a timely manner, however, the White House must engage both parties on constructive solutions. After first supporting common-sense changes to the 2008 law that is making it more difficult to resolve this crisis, the White House backpedaled and failed to include those changes in its formal request to Congress. Meanwhile, many Democrats in Congress have reversed themselves and now say no changes to the 2008 law are acceptable. As I said last week, I don’t believe the American people will support sending more money to the border unless both parties work together to address these policies and actually solve this problem. The lack of leadership from this White House, and President Obama’s refusal to stand up to critics in his own political party, are jeopardizing our ability to find common ground and help the kids who are caught in the middle of this crisis.”