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Published: Thursday, July 10 2014 12:01 p.m. MDT

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SharpHooks
Sandy, UT

What, exactly, does Boehner, or in fact ANY republican ever do to help/assist/lead? All I ever hear from the GOP is criticism, and they do nothing except gripe.
This is exactly why we will have another democratic President, and likely for the next 8 years.
Know what's killing the republican party?
Republicans.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

This has to be one of the saddest situations in modern history. A Republican party that has no interest at all in solving problems.

There's wide swaths of agreement across both parties and across the nation on this problem and immigration as a whole and their first reaction is NO,No, No...it's the Presidents fault.

Disgusting.

JD Jones
Salt Lake City, UT

Republicans would have favored Obama's plan if they had come up with it themselves. Republicans are more concerned about politics than they are about solving the problem. Isn't this obvious?

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

"saying Obama caused the problem and now wants Congress to sign off on more of the same."

I thought he didn't want Obama making more executive orders...

cocosweet
Sandy, UT

What a no win situation... Send the minors back and where do they go? Back to violence? Back to homes that may or may not exist? Keep them here and how much will it cost to feed, house and educate them?

Absolutely disgusted with Congress as a whole. No one offers decent immigration reform.. just whine whine whine and point fingers. A pox on both their houses.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

Politicians on BOTH sides of the aisle are frustrated that Obama doesn't at least try to stem the tide of illegal trespassers.

WHY should they give him more money when they have no idea whether he'll actually use it wisely? He has a lousy track record of upholding laws that he doesn't like.

Why should we trust him this time?

ANY logical person would "raise their eyebrows" if they were told that it takes 80k$ to deport one individual!

AerilusMaximus
Berryville, VA

"What he appears to be asking for is a blank check — one that would allow him to sustain his current failed policy," said McConnell, R-Ky. "We want to make sure we actually get the right tools to help fix the problem. And that's not what we've seen so far from the president."

Why should congress just hand out money without changes to the actual law?

It is the failed policy that got us into this problem in the first place. I thought the president said the border was secure?

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

In other words, those on the far right are trying to keep Obama from getting anything done, so they can complain that Obama didn't get anything done. Business as usual for Boehner, McConnell, et al.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Why isn't the border secure?

Because Congress has continually failed to fund more effective barriers and has refused to do anything that would actually solve the problem. This goes back long, long before Obama.

Republicans complain and yowl, but offer NOTHING of substance to solutions. They hope that we will all forget that the law that is preventing Obama from acting came from GW Bush, who was a Republican.

Frightened Democrats in Congress join in because they are afraid that hate radio will and the Republican propaganda machine might convince people that they are supporting Obama if they try to do anything to actually solve this mess.

About the only thing more frightening and disgusting than the GOP's idiocy in all this is the fact that most of those clowns will be re-elected.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

"I'm not interested in photo ops," Obama shot back

HAHAHAHA

Yeah, the Pope is Jewish.

"The money is intended to add immigration judges, detention facilities, aid for the children and teens arriving here without their parents"

But instead will be used to delete more emails, pay for more cover-ups, and partisan attacks.

BO's request is purely POLITCAL. NONE of this can possibly be in place until AFTER this fall's election, and most not until after the 2016 election.

"Many...report hearing rumors that once here, they would be allowed to stay."

BO can deny those rumors all he wants, but his policies have led to those rumors.

Sharphooks
What, exactly, does Boehner, or in fact ANY republican ever do to help/assist/lead?

Preventing BO from doing MORE damage is of great help and probably the MOST important things they can do.

Furry, see the above paragraph

Pragmatist
This has to be one of the saddest situations in modern history. A dem party whose only interest in problems is to create then exploit them for political gain.

JD Jones,
No, what is obvious is BO and the dems are doing exactly what you accuse the GOP of

FT
salt lake city, UT

If the border wasn't secure how are all the flood of immigrants being caught and detained? Many in this new flood are children, not drug smugglers or criminals.
BO's approval ratings may be around 40% but that's 4 times the GOP's approval rating. You know why? Because our President is an activist trying to get things done, instead of a Monday morning, arm chair complainer that can't even settle their own problems inside the GOP.

JimInSLC
Salt Lake City, UT

All border states need to call up their National Guard. Round up all immigrants crossing the border and put them on a military transport and fly them directly to a base in south america where their parents can pick them up. This solution may sound uncaring, but welcoming them with open arms into this country will only make the problem worse.

Cleetorn
Fuaamotu, Tonga

All of this political posturing has nothing to do with immigration reform and everything to do with politics. Most of the commenters here point their fingers at the Republicans and cry “Foul!” However, both you and I both know very well that if the shoe were on the other foot, it would be the same thing in reverse. If Mitt had been elected and put forth a plan to stem the flood of illegals, all the Democrats would be demeaning it and shrieking, “No, no, no!” and offering no alternative solution.

This is not either a Republican or a Democrat problem. It is a political problem and as long our representatives keep shouting at each other and failing to put their heads together and work an equitable solution, NOTHING will continue to get done. It will be business as usual and we will continue to teeter on the precipice until all the rhetoric pushes us over.

And while we are disappearing into the abyss, you and I also know what will happen on that ride. The finger-pointing will continue as to who pushed us over and we will reach our magnanimous end full of our self-righteousness.

Nice!

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

"Boehner, McConnell blast Obama border request"

Are we really surprised?

Republicans are outraged that illegal aliens/refugees are surging over the border, but they conveniently forget that they INSISTED on sequester, which is still in effect, and that necessitates that overburdened border security must do much more with much less funding.

Republicans have a habit of blaming the consequences of their numerous mistakes on anybody and everybody else.

. . . No surprise there.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

I am sick and tired of the "Do Nothing Congress" label coming from the ignorant Left. They have no interest in trying to put out the many fires of turmoil in the world created by poor policy from this poor excuse of a president. The Left is only interested in protecting the guy they elected from criticism at any cost. Republicans and Congress have come up with several solutions to the mess Obama has created only to get blocked by Harry Reid in the Senate or Obama with the veto pen. He creates a porous immigration policy where unsupervised minors are coming in droves and he simply ignores it. He is a pathetic excuse for a leader. His MO?: throw more money at every problem and blame the Republicans.

Just because you voted for him doesn't make him a good president. No more than voting for Bush made him a good president. How about we start looking out for what is best for America instead of being so concerned with what is best for Obama?

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

throwing billions at a terrible Obama policy fixes nothing...absoultely nothing ...and that is what the GOP and many Democrat's are saying. The REAL immediate solution it to get these kids safely home to their home country ASAP. The GOP also have a valid point in asking the president to cut other of his pet programs to get the billions he needs for this problem seeing that HE alone created this border mess. In the real world when you create a mess you clean the mess up and not go barking at others to do it for you....but that's not the Barack way. Barack creates messes then blames others. Classic Barack.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Boehner should just cry. He's not going to do anything helpful or useful.

SharpHooks
Sandy, UT

Look at the content of the notes garnering the most "likes" and that of those with fewer, or none.

IDC
Boise, ID

Obama's idea is to throw more money at a broken system. Tell aliens we will give amnesty to their children and then blame republicans when children start showing up at the border.

Congress can't get anything done because of a democratic senate and president. All the democrats can do is blame Bush and congress. Democrats have 2/3rds of the power, the fault is squarely on their shoulders.

San Diego
Orem, UT

It's good to hear Obama say he is interested in solving the problem. He has been in office now almost 6 years and has only created massive problems. I can't think of one that he has solved.

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