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Cornyn, Flores react to President's comments on border crisis

DALLAS - Central Texas Congressman Bill Flores (R-Bryan) and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) had pointed replies to President Barack Obama's challenge to Congress to approve his $3.7 billion supplemental request for funding for the immigration crisis.

The president met with Texas Governor Rick Perry Wednesday in Dallas over the problems at the border and then told the nation he does not have any philosophical differences over what the two discussed.  He then said he urged Perry to encourage the Texas contingent in the House to join the Senate and pass the bill that would add border control agents and also provide humanitarian aid to children illegally coming into America.

Cornyn released a statement shortly after the president's press conference that said, "Texans do not need a lecture from a man who refuses to even see the crisis firsthand.  President Obama can fundraise and issue statements, Texans will work to solve the problem."

Flores was more specific.  "The president's supplemental request for $3.7 billion doesn't really fix the problem.  So what the President proposes is Washington's favorite pastime, throwing money at a problem without developing a solution to take care of the issue," he explained.

The Bryan congressman said non-essential items need to be stripped from that bill, including $600 million worth of firefighting funding that wasn't needed. He also said President Obama needs to follow the law and have a program to send those immigrant children back to their home country.

Flores also called for a diplomatic effort to work with leaders from other countries and warm them to not sent their unaccompanied children to America.

The Texas congressman hopes by the end of next week there could be a House appropriations bill to sign.

"How do you pay for this?  I don't think it's a good idea just to increase the deficit to pay to fix one of the president's problems.  It's his Katrina moment essentially," Flores said.
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