Posted: Jul 1, 2014 7:18 AM
Updated: Jul 1, 2014 7:18 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama said he's done waiting for Congress to act on immigration. He plans to do what he can on his own.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS has reported on the waves of Central American mothers and children arriving in the Rio Grande Valley. The president called the crowded cells filled with young children a humanitarian crisis that can only be fixed by immigration reform.
The first executive action is the deployment of all available interior resources to the southern border. The president said protecting public safety and deporting dangerous criminals will remain the top priority.
However, the president needs Congress' help to deal with the influx of children crossing the border alone. He's asking Congress approve a $2 billion emergency fund.
"This is not a situation where these children are slipping through. They're being apprehended, but the problem is, is that our system is so broken, so unclear, that folks don't know what the rules are," said the president.
Many Republicans argue the recent influx at the border is a direct result of the president's immigration policies. But the White House blames it on a law passed under the Bush administration that states children cannot be immediately sent back to their homes.
Congress is set to go into its summer recess in July, so it could be months before the decision on emergency funds is made.