Congress left Washington without approving funding to handle the Central American children seeking refuge in the United States, and Illinois’ two U.S. senators have different explanations why that happened. U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) blames President Obama, who has promised to act via executive order to find the $3.7 billion in funds to process the 60,000 children who have come to the border since October.
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“I would say the president ought to tone down the executive order talk to re-establish trust between him and the elected representatives of the American people,” Kirk said. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) blames politics on the House side and budgetary concerns in the Senate for nixing any deal, and says now, money will have to be shifted from other areas. “It’s going to have a negative impact on some services in the Department of Homeland Security because we didn’t meet our responsibility,” Durbin said.
After the Senate had already left for the August recess, the House did pass a bill that would make deporting the child migrants easier, along with ending a program to grant work permits to immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Obama has said he’ll veto that proposal if it makes it to his desk.