Congressman Lee Terry insists the House border bill addresses the crisis at the southern border and criticizes the Senate for failing to act.
Terry adds he believes the Senate failed to act on purpose so that President Barack Obama could act on his own, making the statements during a political rally for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in Council Bluffs, IA. Paul, who stumped for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse across the state line in Omaha, has launched a three-day swing through Iowa in a possible prelude to a presidential campaign.
House Republicans in Washington guided a $694 million bill to passage at the end of last week, before leaving for the August recess.
Terry tells a Republican crowd the bill addresses the major problems which have led to nearly 60,000 minors from Central America coming into the country illegally.
“We did what needed to be done to make sure that the resources were available along our nation’s border to make sure that the human crisis that is occurring there is alleviated,” according to Terry, “and that we change the law to make sure that we treated people from Central America just like we treat from our neighbors from Mexico and Canada.”
Children, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, have been streaming into the United States since the first of October. The minors come to the country unaccompanied by adults in the hopes of being allowed to stay in this country. Approximately 200 have been placed in Nebraska.
Terry says the bill provided enough money to speed up the process of returning the minors to their home country.
“For many of us that’s the most humanitarian thing that we can do is reunite them and their families,” Terry says. “The president of Honduras came to Washington just two weeks ago asking us to let their children come home and we gave them that, but the Senate walked away.”
Terry claims the Senate walked away on purpose.
Terry accuses the leader of the United States Senate, Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, of working in cahoots with President Obama to block any legislation from passing, allowing Obama to act on his own through executive action.
“And then the next day the president, even before the House had passed its bill, started talking about how Congress went on vacation, therefore he’s got to use that pen,” Terry states. “Our regal president who gets to just write new laws with his pen.”
AUDIO: Congressman Lee Terry speaks at a campaign rally for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. [4 min.]