Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) took to the Senate floor and criticized President Obama for choosing to spend his time this week at high-priced Democratic Party fundraisers rather than visiting the Mexican-American border to see first-hand the refugee crisis there.
Cornyn contended that President Obama's "failed policies" are responsible for the tens of thousands of Unaccompanied Alien Children who have illegally crossed the border over the past few months resulting in the "full-blown humanitarian crisis" we see today.
Cornyn said that "it is disheartening, it’s disappointing, and it’s extremely dangerous" for the President to leave."the impression that there will be no consequences for coming to the country in violation of our laws. "
Washington Free Beacon has the transcript of Sen. Cornyn's full remarks:
"I think the problem speaks for itself when the president, who would prefer to hang out with campaign donors and other political supporters, would decide not to have any interaction with those that are directly affected by his failed policies, in this case the failed immigration policies that led to a full-blown humanitarian crisis. So instead of taking the easy way out, I wish the president would step up and lead, and he would learn perhaps something he did not already know or that he thinks he knows and which is absolutely wrong. It’s puzzling and it’s frustrating that the President of the United States chooses the path he apparently is going to take rather than one that will help him solve problems. We know the president last week stood in the Rose Garden in front of the American people and at the same time he asked for money to help address this problem, and it is reportedly in the order of $2 billion, in the very next breath, he announced that he’s looking at expanding the very same policies that have helped create this crisis, create the impression that there will be no consequences for coming to the country in violation of our laws. It is disheartening, it’s disappointing, and it’s extremely dangerous. This week during his trip to Texas, it would take the the president less than an hour on Air Force One to visit the border and too see what I and so many of my colleagues have seen firsthand: a very sad situation that could have been prevented but now that it’s happened, it needs to be addressed in a bipartisan way."