Obama: We Have ‘to Do the Right Thing by These Children’

The right thing would have been for them to have been stopped at the border before they got here.
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After meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry Wednesday, President Barack Obama said the White House intends “to do the right thing by these children” who are unlawfully crossing the border.

Obama said “their parents need to know that this is an incredibly dangerous situation” and mentioned that he has asked parents in Central America “not to put their children in harm’s way.”

Obama said he and Perry talked about needing more resources at the border in what was a “constructive” conversation. He said Perry told him that some Border Patrol agents were positioned too far north to deter illegal immigrants from coming across the border. Obama also mentioned that much of what Perry told him “sounded like it made sense.”

Perry, Obama said, also expressed frustration that kids who come from Mexico are immediately deported while those who are coming from Central America have to go through a much lengthier process. Perry and Obama also discussed the need to expedite “how the immigration judicial system works,” and Obama acknowledged that “a sizable number” of illegal immigrant kids “don’t show up” to their hearings.



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