In an appearance on Face the Nation this Sunday, Representative Luis Gutierrez demolished every argument the of the Republicans concerning the crisis at the Mexican border.
He followed Rick Perry, who had just reiterated to Bob Schieffer that President Obama is “just not interested” in doing anything about the problem of border security. Schieffer then asked Gutierrez for his thoughts on the subject.
“Governor Perry’s just wrong on that issue,” Gutierrez said. “He kept repeating the border, the border, the border, he wants to put more National Guardsmen and if they put more National Guardsmen the children wouldn’t come. The children come, Bob, fleeing violence, torture, murder and rape and so they’re going to continue to come as long as those conditions exist.”
The Congressman went on to note that in 2002, during Bush’s Presidency, 1,600,000 people were apprehended crossing the border while today it is under 400,000 and that, under Bush an average of 200,000 were deported every year while under Obama that average is over 400,000. “Both at the border and in terms of deportations there has been enforcement,” he said. “But here’s the problem, we spend $18 billion a year on making sure that the federal government has immigration enforcement agents, that’s more than the DEA, the ATF, the FBI and all other law enforcement combined, but we still have a problem.”
As Gutierrez points out, the problem cannot and will not be solved through enforcement efforts alone, money must also be put into the judicial system and “in a comprehensive program that deals with the issue.”
He goes on to make the point that in 2002 and 2008, the anti trafficking law that sets out the rules for handling these children was passed with bipartisan support in a Republican led Congress and signed by George W. Bush. Even as President Obama follows this law, Republicans in Congress refuse to pass immigration reform because, they claim, the President cannot be trusted to enforce the law.
When Schieffer asked if the President should have gone to the border while he was in Texas last week, Gutierrez agreed with those from both sides of the aisle who offered criticism for his failure to do so, although others have made the case that this might have been seen by people in Central America as a sign that they would be welcomed with open arms by the President himself.
When asked if more needed to be done to secure the border, Gutierrez explained that the border is secure. These children are turning themselves into the border patrol and they are not coming here because of the President’s Executive Order covering “Dreamers” who were brought here as children by their parents and have lived here most of their lives.
Watch the Congressman destroy all of the claims be Perry and the right below.