What The President Would Have Seen Had He Made Time To Visit TX Border
by John Cornyn on July 10, 2014 at 4:50 PM
Why the President persists in his refusal to travel to the border really is beyond my imagination. The fact that the President has himself described it as a humanitarian crisis makes this even more strange. People can infer whatever they want to about his potential motivations.
Many of my constituents, Republicans and Democrats alike, and many of my colleagues in the Congress are wondering why would the President show such little respect for what the communities along the border are experiencing as they try to deal with this humanitarian crisis, and why would the President show such little respect for the Border Patrol, FEMA, and other federal actors who are trying to help these communities deal with this crisis? It just doesn't add up.
Since the President decided not to make the short trip from Austin or Dallas to McAllen, Texas, I wanted to share a few stories about what I saw there when I visited.
I had the chance to visit the McAllen Border Patrol station, one of the busiest and most crowded facilities that are trying to deal with this surge of unaccompanied minors. There I met a 13-year-old boy who had just arrived from Central America. We asked him,…"Where are your parents?" He said, "They're both dead." It was heartbreaking.
Inside these facilities, there are dozens of children packed into holding cells with one toilet that are meant for just a few people. There are young women only 15 years of age who are pregnant, some of whom already had babies…The babies clothed only in diapers and sleeping on cement floors. Unless you see it for yourself, I don't think you get a full appreciation for the nature and the scope of this crisis, that's something I think the President could benefit from.
The invitation still stands for him to take the short trip to McAllen…and to see for himself this unfolding, and I would say escalating, humanitarian crisis.