Editor’s Note: This sounds like a common sense solution. You stop the money flow, you will get a response. The countries in question need to be more responsible for the actions of their citizens.
Congressional Republicans are pushing legislation that would halt aid to Mexico and three Central American countries until they take action to stem the flow of children across the border.
Freshman Rep. Randy Weber’s (R-Texas) bill, known as the Illegal Entry Accountability Act, would halt aid to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the three countries where most of the immigrants are coming from.
More than 52,000 unaccompanied minors, mostly from those three countries, have been detained on the U.S. border after entering through Mexico, mainly through the Rio Grande Valley into Texas.
“If the president and his administration won’t act, then I will,” Weber said in a statement, adding that the bill would “hold our southern neighbors accountable.”
Weber was elected in 2012 to replace Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), a libertarian-minded congressman and former GOP presidential candidate who was skeptical of the usefulness of foreign aid.
President Obama on Monday asked for increased authority from Congress to deal with the immigrant surge and is expected to request $2 billion in additional funding. The Homeland Security Department announced Tuesday it would send an additional 150 Border Patrol agents to the region.