Top Democrat: Trump to Blame For Border Crisis, GOP Acts Like a 'Cult'
House Democrats want the GOP to support a $4.5 billion emergency spending bill
Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries has accused the GOP of blindly following President Donald Trump 'like a cult,' while Democrats the presdient for the border crisis.
“We are urging our colleagues on the other side of the aisle to show some decency, show some strength and stop acting like you are part of a cult,” Jeffries said.
House Democrats want the GOP to support a $4.5 billion emergency spending bill that will implement restrictions on how border officials treat illegal immigrants apprehended at the southern border.
The new measure would add extra funds for detention beds and guarantee services such as translators for illegal immigrants.
But the House GOP is rejecting the Democrats’ measure in favor of a bipartisan Senate bill that rejects the new requirements while keeping ICE funding.
“What matters is how we treat the least, the lost and the left behind, and that includes God’s children who are on that Southwest border, who are being treated by this great nation with indecency,” Jeffries said.
“The president should be ashamed of himself for using the children as political pawns.”
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Democrats, meanwhile, blame the president for the current border crisis, despite assertions from top homeland security officials that U.S. asylum laws are serving as a magnet for thousands of Central American migrant families to try to gain entry.
“It became a crisis because the administration is intent on eroding asylum protections and incarcerating as many people as possible,” Rep. Veronica Esco said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing a massive challenge following a $4.5 billion House bill.
At one side, the liberal faction of Democrats says the bill doesn’t go far enough, while moderates voice concern that chasing perfection will lead to inaction at the border.
As reports circle that children detained entering the U.S. from Mexico are being held under harsh conditions, there have been calls for more funding.
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that the border situation is dire, according to Fox News.