GOP resolution directs Obama to solve border crisis himself

A conservative House Republican has introduced a resolution that would slam President Obama for “unilaterally” rewriting immigration laws, and direct him to solve the border crisis himself.

In his resolution, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) argues that the president’s executive actions on immigration have “enticed” children from Central American nations to flow across the border. The resolution also states that the president “has the necessary tools at his disposal to solve the humanitarian crisis at the border with existing funding from Congress.”

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The resolution, cosponsored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), stakes out a conservative response to the border crisis. While GOP leaders are trying to garner support from Republicans for a modest emergency spending measure coupled with some policy changes, conservatives have argued Congress should do nothing at all on the matter.

Rather, they argue the president created the influx of over 50,000 child migrants in recent months with his accommodative immigration policy, and as such, he should be able to fix it. Franks’s resolution gets to the heart of that matter, expressing the sense that the president, via “executive fiat,” has adopted policies to encourage child migration, and calling on him to fix it.

If passed, the resolution would not force the president to change his border policies, but rather express the sense of the House that he should do so.

The text of the resolution calls on the president to make several steps to significantly crack down on migrants and quickly process those who came over the border illegally.

Among changes sought under the resolution is giving border agents access to all federal lands, restoring agreements with local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws, and toughening the “credible fear” standard that allows some immigrants to argue against their deportation.

The resolution also would call on the president to send a clear message to those seeking to enter the U.S. that they will be returned to their home countries if they do not follow the legal process, and work with Central American nations to prevent the migration from starting.

Franks’s resolution has been introduced as GOP leaders are still finalizing details on their own border legislation, which could come in under $1 billion. Senate Democrats are working on a $2.7 billion border package, but are struggling to line up enough support to break a Republican filibuster.

President Obama requested $3.7 billion in emergency funds for the border earlier in July.

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