Cruz Crashes Boehner Border Group — Plan Released
Maybe we should just get the federal government out of it and let the states take care of it.
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A working group of lawmakers appointed by Speaker John Boehner released a set of recommendations to the House GOP conference Wednesday, including $1.5 in new spending and proposals to send the National Guard to the border and require the Obama administration to form a border security plan as tens of thousands of illegal alien children stream across the border.
The proposal faces an uncertain future, with congressional Democrats digging in with opposition to amending a 2008 human trafficking law that has been cited as an obstacle to deporting the children while the recommendations produced pockets of opposition on the right.
Several lawmakers said the plan was well-received by most Republicans in a closed-door meeting where Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), the leader of the working group, outlined policy recommendations in the plan.
“I think it was received pretty well,” said Rep. John Carter (R-TX), a member of the working group.
“It looks like a common sense approach, but I want to read the details,” said House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, a key player on immigration issues.
But detractors made their voices heard while leaving the meeting to reporters as well.
“Disappointing,” said Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who traveled to Central America over the weekend with a delegation led by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA). “They need to have more ideas.”
“In a perfect world where you could start legislation in the House and maybe improve it in the Senate and send it back to conference or on to the president, then most of what they proposed is pretty good. There’s some good ideas there, and there are things that would bring about a solution,” said Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a top immigration hawk. But “no one can answer how this gets to the president’s desk, gets a signature and produces a positive result,” he said.
The proposal was discussed at a small meeting of top conservatives hosted by King over breakfast before it was released. There to discuss his border security bill was Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), a key conservative who was appointed to the border working group by Boehner, attended the meeting and said he was able to bring some of its participants around on the direction they were headed.
“I’ve got to say I think by-and-large it was very well-received. I participated in a meeting this morning with several of those conservatives before this meeting and Sen. Ted Cruz. I was able to clarify a lot of things, because there was a lot of misinformation out there,” Salmon said.