President Barack Obama rejected a request from Texas Governor Rick Perry that he take a first-hand look at the crisis unfolding at the U.S. border with thousands of migrant children telling him "I'm not interested in photo ops."
He urged his critics, including Perry, instead to support his request for $3.7 billion so he can fix the problem at the border instead of playing politics.
"Are folks more interested in politics or are they more interested in solving the problem," Obama said he told Perry according to Reuters. "If they are interested in solving the problem then this can be solved. If the preference is for politics then it won't be solved." more >>
Megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas has argued that the most compassionate thing to do regarding the current border crisis involving immigrant children is to build a fence and prevent them from entering the country.
"The most compassionate thing we can do for these children is to secure the border," the pastor said in an interview on Fox News' "Fox & Friends," broadcast on Thursday.
He used a comparison of home swimming pools in Texas: "If you're a homeowner with a swimming pool that doesn't have a fence around it, and a neighborhood child wanders in and drowns, you're liable because you have enticed that child into a dangerous situation. The remedy is to build a fence." more >>
Media personality Glenn Beck pledged Tuesday to help the thousands of illegal immigrant children at the U.S. border, warning that Americans "must open our hearts" to avoid punishing the children caught in the middle of a political fight.
"Through no fault of their own, they are caught in political crossfire," said Beck, according to a report in The Blaze. "And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either, or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts," he said.
In his announcement, Beck said he will be bring tractor-trailers packed with food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to McAllen, Texas, for the children on July 19. He will be joined by Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas. In his party will also be a number of pastors and rabbis. more >>
President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion to fix the problems with the Southern border of the United States will not work, Texas Governor Rick Perry argued, because most of it will not be spent on border security.
The long-serving Lone Star State governor and former Republican presidential hopeful recently spoke to Sean Hannity of Fox News about the problems of the border.
Pastors and churches have been banned from helping the thousands of illegal immigrant children housed in border detention facilities run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, clergy in Texas and Arizona tell me.
"Border Patrol told us pastors and churches are not allowed to visit," said Kyle Coffin, the pastor of CrossRoads Church in Tucson, Arizona. "It's pretty heartbreaking that they don't let anybody in there -- even credentialed pastors."
A public affairs officer for the Border Patrol confirmed that ministers and church groups have been banned from the Nogales Placement Center. more >>
One faith-based leader who met with President Barack Obama and Governor Rick Perry in Dallas Wednesday says the private meeting with local officials and faith leaders was productive in homing in on solutions that will meet the state's most immediate needs in dealing with the border crisis.
Despite appeals from members of his own party to accept Perry's invitation to tour the U.S.-Mexico border where the humanitarian and national security crisis is unfolding, Obama declined, opting instead to meet in Dallas before attending one of three Democratic fundraisers in the state.
"The purpose of the meeting was to find solutions in dealing with the border crisis in Texas," Chris Liebrum, director of disaster recovery for the Texas Baptist Convention told The Christian Post Wednesday night. more >>