Rep. Crenshaw: Democrats Need to Offer an Immigration Solution

By Susan Jones | July 3, 2019 | 10:39am EDT
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

( - Democrats are willing to complain loudly about the humanitarian crisis at the Southwest border, but they refuse to do anything else about it, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Texas Republican, told Fox News Tuesday night:

These Democrats need to have a reasonable, logical conversation, engage in some problem-solving and then offer an actual solution. Because what they're really doing is trying to stand on their moral high horse and sling arrows at everybody else while not offering a solution.

Let's not forget, they fought us tooth and nail against that $4.5 million of humanitarian aid that the president needed, that DHS needed, that HHS needed in order to better conditions at these facilities. They fought us for months on this. They said there was no crisis. We asked for a vote in the House 17 times. They refused to do it. You know, and it's funny. (Rep. Joaquin) Castro puts this video out. AOC talks about these things.

I don't see them offering up any space in their own homes. Right, they are not offering a better solution. They are not saying why don't we put them all up at a hotel? They don't say that. What they really want is no enforcement. This is the crux of it. They don't talk about what the actual problem is, which is tens of thousands of people coming across and overwhelming our system. Okay?

And then they have to answer the question, should we have a system at all? And they say no. Well what is the point of even having a border? Why even have Customs agents at airports if we are not going to enforce any kind of management over who comes in and out of our country. They don't want to answer these tough questions -- in the end, they want open borders.

Crenshaw said he has joined other lawmakers in urging the Department of Homeland Security to set up a process for accepting donations of diapers, soap, toothbrushes and other tangible goods from American citizens.

"You know, there are certain laws that get in the way of private donations for government," Crenshaw said. "But in the case of humanitarian aid it should be legal and we should be accepting these kind of donations.

"Americans do want to help. We are a generous country and we do want to help. So let's make it easier, let's help get the resources that we need down there and help our -- instead of demonizing our men and women who work at DHS, let's help them."

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), in a July 1 letter to Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan, said the desire of Americans to help is “laudable” and “deeply rooted in our nation’s history."

Cruz wrote:

Americans have log banded together to form charities and faith-based organizations to aid those in need. But I understand that many of these organizations are currently having difficulties making donations because DHS and CBP currently lack procedures to accept their donations.

I urge you to establish and publicize a process for accepting donations from charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, and NGOs to aid individuals in CBP custody. Even with the additional supplemental emergency funding, I am confident that DHS and CBP can still use the generosity of the American people to help manage the humanitarian crisis on our border.

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