Alexander Votes Against Obama Border Proposal

Says president has no “serious plan” to address border crisis, should send National Guard to border and change 2008 law

Posted on July 30, 2014

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“First, President Obama should secure the border by using the National Guard if necessary. Second, the United States should cut off foreign aid to countries that don't help us send these children home safely. Third, since a Democratic amendment to legislation that passed in 2008 makes it more difficult to send these unaccompanied children back to a safe place in their own countries, Congress needs to change the law.” – Lamar Alexander

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today voted against the Democrats’ Emergency Supplemental Appropriations legislation, which includes the president’s request for funding to address the recent influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border.

“I voted against President Obama's funding request for the border crisis because he still has not proposed a serious plan to secure the border and deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors entering our country,” said Alexander. “Earlier this month I proposed a three-part plan on how to do so. First, President Obama should secure the border by using the National Guard if necessary. Second, the United States should cut off foreign aid to countries that don't help us send these children home safely. Third, since a Democratic amendment to legislation that passed in 2008 makes it more difficult to send these unaccompanied children back to a safe place in their own countries, Congress needs to change the law.”

In response to the immigration crisis, Alexander has cosponsored the HUMANE Act, which would expedite the process for reviewing immigration claims of unaccompanied minors entering the country illegally and authorizes 40 new judges to handle these immigration claims. Alexander first called on President Obama to consider deploying the National Guard to the border on July 9, and laid out his three-step proposal at an Appropriations Committee hearing to deal with the border crisis. His full remarks at that hearing are available here.Additionally, Alexander joined 42 senators last month in sending a letter to President Obama calling on him to “make clear” that the U.S. will enforce its “strict rules about how people get into our country.”

 

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