Boehner Goes Off On Obama Over Immigration Crisis

“When is he going to take responsibility for something?” the speaker said of the president Thursday.

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Sarah Mimms
July 10, 2014, 8:11 a.m.

House Speak­er John Boehner had some harsh words for Pres­id­ent Obama on the bor­der crisis, rais­ing his voice and slam­ming the po­di­um dur­ing a press con­fer­ence Thursday.

When asked if Con­gress needed to ap­prove a $3.7 bil­lion re­quest from the pres­id­ent to help ease a re­cent surge of un­ac­com­pan­ied minors, Boehner re­peatedly said that the House would not grant Obama a “blank check.” The speak­er ad­ded that the chil­dren should be taken care of and then sent back.

Pressed on the is­sue, Boehner ap­peared to get heated. “This is prob­lem of the pres­id­ent’s own mak­ing. He’s been pres­id­ent for five years! When is he go­ing to take re­spons­ib­il­ity for something?” he shouted.

Al­though the speak­er praised the Na­tion­al Guard, call­ing it “uniquely suited” to deal with the crisis, he lam­basted the pres­id­ent for ask­ing for more fund­ing this week than he had re­ques­ted earli­er in the crisis.

“In oth­er words, he won’t do it for the kids, it’s all about polit­ics,” Boehner said. “We’re not giv­ing the pres­id­ent a blank check.” Boehner ad­ded that the House will act this month on the bor­der is­sue. But he said that he is wait­ing for re­ports from the House Ap­pro­pri­ations Com­mit­tee and oth­er groups be­fore mak­ing any de­cisions about po­ten­tial le­gis­la­tion.

Boehner said that he agreed with the White House that a 2008 law of­fer­ing great­er pro­tec­tions for young mi­grants from non­con­tigu­ous coun­tries needs to be changed. The lan­guage should be changed to treat those chil­dren like those who ar­rive in the United States from Mex­ico, he said.


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