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GOP Congressman Proposes Cutting Foreign Aid Until Border Crisis Resolved


Amid a surge of children attempting to cross the border, Republican Congressman Randy Weber, R-Tex., has introduced a bill that would cut off U.S. foreign aid to the countries deemed to be the source of the influx of illegal immigrants.

The bill, named the Illegal Entry Accountability Act of 2014, would suspend U.S. aid to Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador until Congress determines sufficient action is taken to mitigate unlawful border crossings by their respective citizens.

In a statement announcing the bill, Weber said the influx of unaccompanied children has become a humanitarian crisis and proven that certain laws are working against the U.S.

"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," Weber said.

"Frankly, the Border States have been left hanging to fend for themselves, increasing the health and security risks to our citizens," he added. "If the President and his Administration won't act, then I will."

Obama sent a letter to Congress on Monday asking for increased authority to deal with the border crisis and is reportedly planning to ask for more than $2 billion in emergency funding.

In remarks at the White House, Obama also suggested House Republicans' failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation was partly responsible for the crisis.

The president pledged to take whatever administrative actions he can to help fix the broken immigration system while continuing to put pressure on the GOP.

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