HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Tensions over the immigration crisis don’t seem to be easing up anytime soon. There have been numerous protests in parts of the country about undocumented men, women, and children coming into the U.S. The Obama administration wants Congress to act and supply funding for those illegally crossing the border. However, the president is getting strong push back from republicans like Representative Mo Brooks.
Brooks said the president needs to take responsibility, and find a cheaper solution to the problem. “It costs $500 for a one way trip airfare back to Guatemala or El Salvador or Honduras or wherever, you can solve that problem with just 25 million dollars,” said Rep. Brooks.
President Obama is asking for $3.7 billion dollars in emergency funds to deal with the current crisis. A breakdown of that plan shows a large part of it would go to caring for unaccompanied children illegally coming into the country. “That’s the equivalent of roughly two space launch system programs,” noted Brooks.
Brooks thinks the multi-billion dollar plan has the potential to hurt the Tennessee Valley. He said it could put pressure on national defense. “Thereby harming national security and impacting Tennessee Valley jobs,” he said. “It’s going to put a squeeze on NASA, again, reducing our technological advancement capabilities.”
Brooks doesn’t think the United States has the money to spend and he fears most Americans don’t realize that its money we can’t afford to pay back. He thinks it will put pressure on every other part of the federal budget. “You can fix the problem by changing the law and immediately returning these illegal alien children to their families in their home countries for roughly 25 million dollars,” he said.