LYNCHBURG, Va. The crisis crippling the U.S. border with Mexico has consumed the media. Hundreds of illegal immigrant children are flooding into the country every day and one of the most vocal critics of the President's response to this and the ongoing immigration debate is a local figure.
Congressman and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte this week, has been on almost every national network news show. It should come as no surprise that he is one of the strongest Republican voices in the immigration debate to date.
Goodlatte graced nearly every national news show this week, blasting President Obama on how he's handled what's now seen as this nation's immigration crisis.
"We need to have very targeted appropriations for very specific purposes to address things that are needed as a part of this. $3.7 billion is a slap in the face of the tax payers of the United States” he said during an appearance on CNN’s The Situation Room.
Obama has called for billions of dollars to support the integration of tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children into the U.S. Goodlatte said that fundamentally ignores the bigger issue.
In a statement to ABC 13 News, Goodlatte said: "No amount of resources or changes will be effective in stemming the surge of illegal border crossings if he continues to ignore the law. Children's lives are at stake, and so is the integrity of our immigration system."
Another point of Goodlatte's contention is the senate's immigration reform bill which passed with the help of 14 Senate Republicans.
"We wouldn't have had this problem if actually the house would've taken up the senate bipartisan bill that was passed over a year ago” said Senator Mark Warner.
Warner said the senate bill would have been a solution to the now escalating border crisis.
"Regardless of what you believe about immigration, our system is broken right now and we need a comprehensive immigration reform” he said.
More than 50,000 undocumented children have already crossed the border this year. That number is expected to surge well over 100,000 by next year.
Text of Goodlatte’s full statement:
“President Obama has many lawful tools at his disposal right now to stop the surge of illegal immigrants at our southern border, such as enforcing immigration laws and cracking down on rampant asylum fraud. My recent trip to the Rio Grande Valley made it clear that the crisis at our southern border is a disaster of President Obama's own making. Now, he is asking to use billions of taxpayer dollars without accountability or a plan in place to actually stop the border crisis. No amount of resources or changes will be effective in stemming the surge of illegal border crossings if he continues to ignore the law. Children’s lives are at stake, and so is the integrity of our immigration system.”