Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said he was puzzled that President Obama plans to fundraise in his state this week yet won’t visit the U.S.-Mexico border.
Lawmakers have grown increasingly concerned about the thousands of children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala crossing the border without their parents or proper documentation.
Cornyn said it would take Obama just one hour on Air Force One to travel from his scheduled events to the border.
Republicans have blamed the increase in minors crossing the border to Obama’s executive order to defer the deportation of illegal immigrant children who were brought to the United States by their parents, known as Dreamers. New children entering the country would not be eligible for deferred action.
The White House said Monday that most of the children who have recently been detained will be sent home.
Last week, Obama called on Congress to supply nearly $2 billion in emergency funding to deal with the crisis. He also said that action was necessary because House Republicans have refused to consider a Senate-passed immigration reform bill, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants within the country, increase student and work visas and spend more on border security.
Cornyn said the president needed to visit the border for a “wake-up call.”