Rep. Wagner: Obama Didn’t Bother to ‘Look These Children In The Eyes'

By Lauretta Brown | July 11, 2014 | 5:33pm EDT

Girls watch a World Cup match in an illegal immigrant holding center in Nogales, AZ. (AP photo)

( – President Obama’s refusal to visit the Texas border “and look these children in the eyes” was “unconscionable and extremely disappointing,” says Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO). asked Rep. Wagner if she thought the President should have visited the nation’s southern border during his recent visit to Texas following a Conservative Women’s Panel Discussion on Capitol Hill Friday hosted by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA).

“You bet he should’ve,” she replied, “I mean it just it boggles one’s mind to think that he traveled to do fundraisers and not just that."

"He then went on to, you know,to play pool and drink beer and he couldn’t go down there to look these children in the eyes, to pat the backs of the NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and the Border Patrol and security that are down there now working 24/7 in a situation, in a crisis that is created by this president.” asked Wagner what actions Congress should take on the immigration issue.

“I think we’ve got an opportunity now with this huge humanitarian crisis that we have on the border to actually take this moment in time to do what we need to do as a country, which is to secure our border,” Wagner replied.

She added that she was “hopeful that we’re going to be able to take the plan that was passed out of Homeland Security, Congressman McCaul’s plan, for border security with real metrics and real measurables and secure our border first as we deal with this humanitarian crisis that has been absolutely created by the President of the United States.”

“So we’re going to talk about this and we’ve got a working group here in Congress that’s studying the issue. “There’s a lot of hands on deck,” Wagner explained.

“We wish the President would lead on this and make the kind of statements that need to be made so that these children aren’t continually bombarding the border in just a hopeless situation and we wish that he exercised more leadership.” she added.

“But if not, we’re going to, and we hope to do it before we recess in August.”

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