Border Crisis: Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

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WASHINGTON -- Two weeks after Obama's call for $3.7 billion to address the influx of unaccompanied minors, House Republicans are working on their own plan of about $1.5 billion to address the border crisis. Their version would include a controversial change to the 2008 law that protects unaccompanied minors from expedited deportation before they can make the case that they deserve to stay in the country, a change that is not supported by many Democrats.

U.S. Senate Democrats, meanwhile, are proposing allocating between $2.5 billion and $2.7 billion to deal with the border crisis. The Senate Democrats' bill will not include changes to the 2008 law.

Writing for La Opinión, America's Voice senior advisor Maribel Hastings argues that the turn of events shows that many legislators seem to be guided by the slogan, "Out of sight, out of mind."

"In another sign of the dysfunction in our nation’s capital," she writes, "it turns out that the only thing the White House and Republicans in Congress can agree on is to rapidly deport the Central American minors who are seeking refuge in the United States from the rampant violence that has turned their countries into war zones."

A majority of Republicans and a group of Democrats, she writes, seem to be following the principle, "Out of sight, out of mind," although what their actions really show, she writes, is that they don’t have a heart.

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