At a press conference in Peoria, IL for former congressman Bobby Schilling, new House majority leader Kevin McCarthy stated that the House of Representatives will pass measures in the coming days and weeks that will help secure the southern border with Mexico and that the thousands of illegal immigrant families will be reunited.
Estimates are that 57,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors have entered the US in the last few months, many coming believing that the Obama administration won't deport them and will instead grant them amnesty, and that doesn't even include the much larger number of adult illegal immigrants that have been coming over the border as well.
A working group of lawmakers established by Speaker John Boehner is looking at crafting an emergency appropriations bill that would include sending the National Guard to the Texas-Mexico border, making changes to a 2008 law that inhibits the speedy deportation of individuals from Central and South America, bringing in more immigration Judges, as well as measures to further secure the border.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz has his own legislation in the Senate that would further address the problems on the border.
The Texas Tribune has more:
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz filed a bill Thursday that he says would immediately halt the flow of unaccompanied Central American children who are now crossing into the United States.
“We all recognize the terrible humanitarian crisis that is occurring at the border, and all of us should come together to end the policies that have caused it,” Cruz said in a statement. “Tens of thousands of children are being smuggled into the United States by dangerous drug cartels and transnational gangs; it is heartless to allow that to continue."
The intent of the bill is to stop the application of President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Cruz and other Republicans blame the 2012 measure, which does not deport certain undocumented children who come to the United States.
Cruz's measure would block any federal agency from using taxpayer resources to consider new applicants using DACA.
Cruz, Texas' junior senator, plans to introduce additional legislation to remove current legal obstacles to sending these minors back home. He also hopes to include language in that future measure that would give governors the authority to send the National Guard to respond to "crises like this."