Using Immigration For Political Gain
The flood of illegal immigrants across the nation’s southern border has become a crisis, President Barack Obama insists. He blames conservatives in Congress for not giving him enough money to deal with it.
But ample resources are available, if the president and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would stop playing political games. Obama will not do that, however, because it would require him to place the blame where it belongs – on Reid.
Members of both houses of Congress had been scheduled to leave Washington on Friday, for their annual summer break.
But House of Representatives members stayed behind. House Speaker John Boehner and fellow conservatives recognized the need to act on the immigration crisis.
So, on Friday night, they approved a bill providing $694 million in emergency funds that Obama can use to handle tens of thousands of illegal immigrants already here and prevent others from coming into the United States.
Senators already had left the capital, however. And Reid, D-Nev., showed no inclination to bring them back to vote on the House bill.
Either the situation is an emergency or it is not. If it is, Obama should be calling on Reid to call senators back to Washington.
Again, do not expect any White House criticism of Reid, however. He and Obama are too busy using the immigration situation to score political points to actually do anything about it.