House of Representatives passes bill to heighten border security

The House of Representatives spent time before leaving for its month-long break to pass a bill that would provide financial assistance to those patrolling the U.S. border. According to Voice of America, the bill also addresses the increasing number of children who are fleeing to the U.S. from Central America.

Despite the Republican-led chamber approving the legislation, the Senate, which is led by Democrats, will likely not consider holding a vote on the bill.

The White House criticized the House for spending the time to create a bill that would not be considered by Senators and that does not address the issue of unaccompanied minors who are detained at the U.S. border in a humanitarian way.

President Barack Obama said that he would veto the legislation had it been sent to his desk from Congress as it would have led to the possible deportation of hundreds of thousands of young children who arrive at the U.S. border each year, the source reported.

The blame game continued when Republicans suggested President Obama was at fault for the 57,000 children from countries including Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador who arrived unaccompanied at the border and expected to receive a pathway to becoming American citizens.

Voice of America reported that the border issue won’t go away once Congress comes back in the fall, and President Obama will need to reorganize funds so food and shelter can be given to the children at the border.

According to the source, President Obama already requested $3.7 billion from Congress in July to provide temporary housing for the children, hire more immigration judges and increase border security.

The Associated Press reported that $35 million of the funds House Republicans approved would go to the National Guard and efforts to return the unaccompanied minors back to their Central American home countries.

“The American people expect us to do our jobs,” Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania told the AP. “We have both a border and humanitarian crisis to deal with, and they expect us to take action now.”