John Cornyn: America Needs To Care For 'Dumped' Children
Sen. John Cornyn criticized President Obama for creating a “human magnet” with his unlawful approach to immigration enforcement, but admitted that Americans had a duty to care for the children that were flooding into the country.
“They need to be taken care of, I mean they’ve been left, basically dumped at America’s doorstep, and we need to treat them compassionately we need to make sure they get the care they need,” Cornyn explained to reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday afternoon.
Cornyn pointed out that children as young as four years old had traveled as many as 1,200 miles, suffering horrific conditions on their journey to America.
“If the message is that America’s door is open to anybody and everyone who wants to come here, people are going to flood in,” Cornyn said. “In this case some of the most vulnerable that you can imagine.”
He also shared discussions he had with border patrol agents who were worried about 200 sex offenders mixing in with the population of 49,000 detained immigrants since last year.
Cornyn did not say whether or not the children should be deported.
“I think we need to make sure they’re OK now,” said Cornyn adding that they should be probably be “reunited with family members.”
Cornyn blamed President Obama’s immigration policies, particularly his lack of enforcement on the border. He admitted that he had no idea what Obama planned to deal with what he described as a “humanitarian crisis.”
Cornyn griped that Obama’s credibility on enforcing the immigration laws was “closely approaching zero” and suggested that he was the “biggest obstacle” to fixing the immigration system.
Cornyn said that Obama had already created amnesty for some people, thanks to his 2012 deferred action order, which only added to the problem.
“The president needs to come up with a plan, because this can’t continue, because the flood will continue, they will overwhelm our capacity to take care of these kids,” he said.