As President Barack Obama vows to take unilateral action on immigration reform, Congressional Republicans are working on a plan to encourage the governments of countries from which the surge of illegal immigrants are coming to deter people from heading to the southern U.S. border.
The Illegal Entry Accountability Act proposed by Representative Randy Weber (R-Texas) would cut off foreign aid to Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, countries where most of the illegal immigrants flowing into the country are coming from.
“The recent influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) has become a humanitarian crisis, and has proven that certain laws are working against the United States of America. Texas, a border state, has repeatedly asked for help from the White House to mobilize our National Guard, and there has been no answer from the President or his Administration,” the lawmaker said in a statement. “Frankly, the Border States have been left hanging to fend for themselves, increasing the health and security risks to our citizens. Thankfully however, under Governor Perry’s leadership, state resources are being used to slow the flow across our borders. Unfortunately, it is still not enough to solve this crisis.”
Weber says his legislation would “hold our southern neighbors accountable” for the conditions forcing the illegal immigrants to leave their home countries.
Meanwhile, the White House said last month that it plans to provide $9.6 million in additional aid to the three countries targeted in Weber’s legislation. The U.S. was already providing foreign aid to the nations, including $40 million for programs in Guatemala, $18.5 million in Honduras and $25 million in El Salvador.