Guests on Sunday’s political talk shows this week discussed the worsening immigration crises at the U.S.’s southern border, Republican efforts to challenge President Barack Obama’s executive authority and potential 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s money problem.
A White House official told CNN this weekend that President Obama will likely ask Congress for more than $2 billion to set up detention spaces for the thousands of young illegal immigrants flowing across the border and work out a plan to stem the tide of illegal immigration.
The President appeared in a recorded interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Sunday, urging foreigners not to send minors to the U.S.
“Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they’ll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it,” the President said.
Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas) told CBS’s Bob Schieffer that he applauded the President’s statement but said there is more to be done to address the border crisis.
“Well, first, it’s a crisis like nothing I’ve ever seen before at the border. We have refugee camps now in my and your home state of Texas. It’s a very serious concern,” the lawmaker said. “I don’t think the flow will stop until a message of deterrence is sent back to Central America.
“The drug traffickers are making $5,000 a child on these children, advertising that if you get into the United States, you can stay. And to some extent, that is accurate. So I think a message of deterrence, I know the President came out with a strong statement today. I applaud that,” McCaul continued. “But I think, you know, we have to be humanitarian at the same time, let them know that if they do come, they cannot stay here; otherwise, we’ll never stop the flow.”
Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) appeared on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) decision to file a lawsuit against the President for what he and other members of the GOP view as his Administration’s “trampling of the Constitution.”
“This is all about the United States Constitution,” Goodlatte said, rejecting Democratic criticisms that the lawsuit is an election year political stunt.
The lawmaker argued that Obama’s pattern of failing to enforce laws and changing laws that are already in place runs afoul of Article 1 of the Constitution.
“We … have the power to bring causes of action when we believe that the President of the United States is exceeding his authority and is trampling upon Article 1 of the Constitution,” Goodlatte said. “To me, it makes a whole lot of sense to do this.”
Speaking on behalf of the left, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) disagreed with the Republican lawmaker’s assertions.
“The President simply said I’m going to do what I can within the confines of the law to make this work,” Becerra said. “Absolutely, he’s implementing the law … he’s not rewriting it.”
Out of Touch Hillary
Obama was also asked about Clinton’s comments about being “dead broke” when she and former President Bill Clinton left the White House during his appearance Sunday.
“As soon as you jump back into the spotlight in a more explicitly political way, you’re going to be fly-spec like this,” Obama said. “She’s accustomed to it. Anybody who gets involved in public life is accustomed to it. Over time I don’t think it’s going to make a big difference.”
Obama, who in 2008 tried to portray Clinton as out of touch, also took up for the presumable 2016 Democratic candidate.
“I think that Hillary has been to this rodeo a bunch of times,” he said. “She is in public service [be]cause she cares about the same folks that I talked to here today. Her track record on that speaks for itself.”
The President also hinted that a Clinton Presidency would be an extension of his own.
“This whole notion of you got the centrist Democrats and the liberal Democrats, if you look at Democrats generally, their agenda is grounded in the things that middle-class families are concerned about generally,” Obama said. “Wages, incomes, fairness, opportunity, college costs, and so you don’t have some of the same old ideological divisions. In fact, the big challenge we have right now is frankly finding a Republican Party that is even close to the center so that we can actually do some work with them.”