Republican United States Senate candidate Ben Sasse says the immigration problem that has brought nearly 60,000 Central American children to America illegally can be solved.
Sasse says too many families in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala believe if they can get their children to America they will automatically receive amnesty.
“That’s not true and President Obama could fix it and could stop the bleeding and he’s passive in this,” Sasse tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “He should get on a plane and fly to Honduras and Guatemala and make a speech and clarify that there’s no automatic amnesty for a kid to arrive here and their parents will stop sending them. This is a soluble problem and our president is just way too passive.”
Sasse is critical of the president for taking time to raise money for Democratic candidates, rather than aggressively addressing the border crisis.
“His job is not to be a partisan fundraiser full-time. He should be solving problems like this. This is a place where his pen and his phone, mainly his megaphone, could fix a problem,” Sasse says. “He could go to Central America and he could make a speech and people would understand that this 94% misperception, that anybody who arrives at the U.S. southern border now gets automatic citizenship, he could fix it. I don’t know why he doesn’t do it.”
Sasse refers to the U.S. El Paso Intelligence Center report that 94% of the minors traveling to the United States unaccompanied by adults say they believe the United States will grant them amnesty, then allow their families to receive citizenship to the U.S.
Sasse dismisses claims that violence in Central America has driven the children to seek sanction here.
“Nothing new is happening with their violence to drive these migrations,” according to Sasse. “What’s driving migration is an assumption that you get automatic amnesty. President Obama could fix it and he should. It is an executive function.”
Sasse has been critical of the president in the past for his frequent use of executive orders, which Sasse has characterized as presidential overreach. On this issue, the president has the power and the right to use executive action and he should use it, according to Sasse.