July 30th, 2014
09:01 AM ET

Congress is Leaving for Vacation – Who Will Solve the Immigration Crisis?

Members of Congress are preparing for a five week-long vacation, but they may be leaving a major political crisis hanging in the balance: immigration reform.

Should members of Congress be censured for potentially jetting off without a resolution?

Representative Steve King (R-IA) appeared on "New Day" Wednesday and asserted his desire to implement immigration reform, while squarely placing blame on President Obama for a lack of action.

"This is a man-caused disaster, and the man that caused it is Barack Obama," King said. "This human calamity and tragedy started because there's this huge magnet created by the president's policies."

CNN's Chris Cuomo and King agreed on the severity of the immigration crisis, but Cuomo implored King to act immediately, rather than shifting blame.

"You're about to go on vacation for a month, after you just toured the border and saw all of these horrors?" Cuomo asked.

King and Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) made a highly publicized visit to the south Texas border this past weekend; he cited a desire to "look refugees in the eyes" and witness their living conditions.

The congressman described scenes of babies being nursed in holding cells, and masses of undocumented immigrants being deprived of showers.

Immigration, however, has been a hot button topic for King long before cries for immigration reform reached a partisan din.

Last year, he made controversial comments about immigrant children, likening their calves to the size of cantaloupes and insinuating that they were used as border drug runners.

The statements elicited criticism from fellow Republicans, with Speaker John Boehner calling it "ignorant" and "wrong."

When questioned about the statement by Cuomo, King stood by the cantaloupe reference, calling it "accurate."

Yet he denied making any comment about children drug smugglers, blaming the "liberal press" for publishing the comments.

Who should be blamed for the immigration crisis? Let us know – post on "New Day's" Facebook page and tweet to us using #FixorStay.


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  1. Sochi

    No one will or can solve it .... as simple !!

    July 31, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  2. wigglwagon

    Sending the kids back will not solve the problem. They are just a symptom of the problem. We also need interior enforcement. Send back the adults who are already working. Then, there will be plenty of facilities, money, and courts to take care of the kids. When we start doing that we will be on the right track.

    The real problem is that the employers of those illegal adults are the ones making the big campaign donations.

    Sending the illegal adults back where they belong would put at least 8 million American workers back on jobs and paying taxes instead of needing to collect unemployment and welfare.

    America would come out hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars ahead. Just think, 8 million families off of welfare and back to paying taxes like they used to do when America was enforcing it's laws. That would pay for for all of this immigration mess and leave a lot to start paying off the national debt.

    July 31, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Reply

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