Immigration Debate Heats Up in Washington

Immigration Debate Heats Up in Washington

This week…President Obama asked congress for nearly four billion in emergency funds to help deal with the flood of unaccompanied minors trying to enter the US illegally from Central America. Our Washington D.C. Bureau Reporter Chenelle Terry tells us how both sides of the debate are digging in.
Washington, D.C.-The massive influx of young immigrants into the U-S has some people wondering…why now? Michelle Brane, Director of Migrant Rights & Justice at Women’s Refugee Center…says it’s partly due to increased violence in their home countries.

"They’ve said to us….if I stayed home, I knew I was going to die but if I tried to make that journey I might make it. iI knew it was dangerous but I might make it and so i had to take that chance and this is what the parents are telling us as well. "

 
About 50,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the U-S border illegally since late last year….now members of congress are at odds on the best solution for the crisis.
 
“We have to treat them as God’s children and not some political football. we need to help those children when they get here we need to make sure they’re safe and protected and have the kind of healthcare and other services” Said U.S. Senator Bob Casey
 
“This should not just be america’s problem where we just open the doors and forget about our children here who have special needs and need care and say send the world, send your children and somehow we’re going to be able to take care of them.” noted Congressman Lou Barletta

With what is being called a humanitarian crisis, there’s still hope that the two sides can work together.

“I think that the reaction of saying let everybody in or get them all out, we need to get them out immediately is overreacting. i mean this is the united states, we have solutions to problems like this.” Added Michelle Brane
 
One option being considered calls for a compromise between the parties that would expedite the deportation of minors arriving from Central America. 
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