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Congress Fails to Pass Border Bill on Immigration Crisis

Updated: Thursday, July 31 2014, 10:49 PM CDT
A revolt leads to a battle in Washington over immigration, as the house
leadership tries to reign a group of it's staunchest conservatives,
which forced a no-vote Thursday on an emergency spending measure that
addresses this country's immigration crisis on it's southern border.

Lawmakers were supposed to begin a five week recess Friday but
were called back for a Friday showdown on immigration.

"This is unfortunately an outcome of a divided government," said Illinois republican congressman Rodney Davis.

Diane Lopez Hughes said, "The lack of an attempt to work together because an election is coming up is a travesty of justice."

Lopez
Hughes is a local immigration activist, who works with several
community groups. She says many of the children and women crossing the
border are fleeing violence in central america.

"We should be
doing something to not blame the children but  help them," said Lopez
Hughes. "I think immigration means hope. It means a way to have a better
future. As a parent, I know i wouldnt' want my children in harm's way."

Two
separate pieces of legislation would send resources to the U.S.-Mexico
border and speed the return of unaccompanied minors crossing the border.

Senators
passed a $3.5 billion emergency spending bill; but many republicans are
opposed. The vote on a separate $659 million bill in the House was
canceled. Lawmakers are trading blame over their inaction.

Rep.
Davis said, "We need to make sure we address the humanitarian side and
we have to stop the problem. The president frankly has the ability to
stop this itself but has shown no desire to do so and that's why I hope
we can act with a common sense solution out of the house that isn't
going to cost taxpayers 4 billion dollars that he wants indiscriminately
."

Dr. Hinda Seif at UIS researches and teaches about
immigration. She wants lawmakers to focus on the root issue of people
fleeing their countries.

"Rather than only focus on walls, I
think we need to focus on the strong relationships with our southern
neighbors and how to help these governments have stronger social
structures and stronger economies so people will feel safe and secure
staying in their countries," Seif said.

A new poll by the
Associated Press found 53-percent of Americans believe the U.S. has no
moral obligation to offer asylum to people who escape violence or
political persecution. The responses expose a partisan rift with
70-percent of republicans saying the children should not be treated as
refugees, compared with 62 percent of democrats who believe they should.Congress Fails to Pass Border Bill on Immigration Crisis


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