California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly wrote a letter to President Obama on Friday, slamming him for not visiting the U.S.-Mexico border while in Texas for fundraisers and urging him to put a stop to the massive influx of illegal immigrants streaming over the border.
“Dear Mr. President,” the letter began, “Please do your job. You were elected President of the United States, act like it. If you are going to fly on Air Force One, the ‘people’s plane,’ to Texas for fundraisers and shooting pool, the least you can do is survey the collateral damage of the ‘humanitarian crisis’ you created.”
The letter continues:
You are the chief executive of the most powerful nation on earth and you act as if you cannot do anything about a problem you precipitated; it affects the morale of the tens of thousands of sworn law enforcement personnel who swore an oath to uphold the law along with the majority of Americans who believe in a nation of law, standing by our Constitution…
…Mr. President, by your voice and promise of administrative amnesty, you have rewarded the criminal cartels, corrupt officials, and human traffickers who are profiting from these events. By your action, you can immediately put a stop to this crisis. I implore you to adopt a safe return policy. Instead of arranging plane flights to California, Michigan, and other states, you can certainly spend the same amount of time and effort safely returning them to their country of origin.
What is at stake is the future of the rule of law in a country ruled by law since its founding. Allowing and encouraging violations of our law undermines the foundation of the Republic.
Donnelly’s letter comes on the heels of another letter written to the President by Texas Governor Rick Perry, in which he wrote that “any response by the federal government that does not include providing the resources necessary to secure our border only addresses a symptom, not the true problem.”
Perry was referring to Obama’s request of $3.7 billion from Congress to address the border crisis, a request that includes $1.8 billion appropriated to Health and Human Services (HHS) for the “care of the unaccompanied children.” In contrast, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would get $1.1 billion for the detention and removal of undocumented adults traveling with children, and for the salaries and overtime pay of Border Patrol agents.
Senator Ted Cruz also contacted the President this past week, although not in letter form; instead, he tweeted the President directions to the border from a fundraiser he was attending in Austin.
“If President Obama wants to have a real border meeting with @GovernorPerry, here are a couple suggested detours,” Cruz wrote in the tweet.