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Mon Jul 21, 2014, 06:11 PM

Rep. Burgess proposes cutting aid to home countries of unaccompanied minors

Lewisville Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) is pitching another alternative to address the border crisis: cutting foreign aid to the home countries of unaccompanied minors.

Burgess introduced legislation last week that calls on the president to roll back foreign aid from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico by $15,000 per child who emigrated from that country. The savings would be applied toward state efforts to address the rising costs of the children and to bolster border security.

“President Obama’s open door policy on immigration has resulted in a huge strain on our system,” Burgess said in a written statement Monday. “The U.S. already gives generously in foreign aid to these countries, but we cannot continue to do so if our limited resources are dedicated to caring for these migrant children who have been sent to our country illegally.”

In 2013, Mexico received $265 million in foreign aid, Guatemala received $84 million, Honduras secured $52 million, and El Salvador got $27 million, according to ForeignAssistance.gov, a U.S. government site.

More at http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/07/burgess-proposes-cutting-aid-to-home-countries-of-unaccompanied-minors.html/

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TexasTowelie Jul 2014 OP
hobbit709 Jul 2014 #1
pinboy3niner Jul 2014 #2
upaloopa Jul 2014 #3
Louisiana1976 Jul 2014 #4
HooptieWagon Jul 2014 #5

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jul 21, 2014, 06:14 PM

1. THAT should work as well as any other hare-brained Republican idea.

I really wish that level of stupid would be immediately and excruciatingly painful.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 21, 2014, 06:19 PM

2. If there were something like a swear jar for every hare-brained GOP idea...

...the deficit and debt they obsess about would be nonexistent.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jul 21, 2014, 06:24 PM

3. Aren't these the same countries where we paid

paid land owners to fund armies to fight against land reform?
Why we ever supported the drug lords in the first place and the corrupt officials and now we call for cutting spending? Do we ever get it right?
We are forever fighting against the people who could form a stable country.

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Response to upaloopa (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 21, 2014, 06:36 PM

4. Exactly. Our political and economic intervention in those countries has destabilized them,

leading to the lawlessness and violence the kids have been fleeing.

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Response to Louisiana1976 (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 21, 2014, 06:41 PM

5. Agreed. We created much of the problems there. nt

 

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