The attorney general for the state of Texas blasted lawmakers on Monday, torching Congress for not acting to end the immigration crisis taking place at the southern border.
During a Monday interview with Fox News‘ “America’s Newsroom,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was asked about how he would “address” the concerns of the Democratic presidential primary candidates — including Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) — who want “comprehensive reform” for U.S. immigration laws that would also deal with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients when “bipartisan support” is needed to pass a fix.
Paxton responded by saying that he believes President Donald Trump has “tried to address” the concerns of the Democrats related to the so-called “Dreamers” many times before slamming the Democrats as not wanting to “negotiate” securing the southern border and saying there has to be a “compromise” between a “willing Democratic Party” and the Republicans:
“The president has tried to address it over and over. He offered up dealing with that issue, with the ‘Dreamers,’ numerous times to the Democrats, and they refused. They didn’t want to negotiate on border security. There’s got to be a compromise, and you’ve got to have a willing Democratic Party there to compromise.”
Watch the video here:
WATCH: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined @AmericaNewsroom this morning to discuss waiting for compromise on Capitol Hill to address the current border crisis.
"Congress needs to do something to address the loopholes in our immigration system and stop this." – AG Paxton pic.twitter.com/Lc7huCatp6
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) May 20, 2019
The Texas attorney general was then pressed on how the country would be “expected to absorb” the thousands of people crossing the southern border illegally every day.
Paxton said that the border security officials “can’t deal with that many people” and are “overwhelmed” and “overworked” because of the sheer number of individuals trying to enter the country.
He then called on Congress “to do something to address the loopholes in our immigration system” before stating that he hoped that the issues of drug and human trafficking at the southern border would bring the Democrats back “to the table” and reach a bipartisan consensus on a plan.
Paxton ended the interview by praising Trump for “doing whatever he can” to address the situation at the southern border in the face of a “brick wall” Congress that “has been failing miserably” to deal with the crisis.
Trump predicted Friday that there would be a “good chance” that congressional Democrats would get behind his new immigration plan ahead of the 2020 election cycle regardless of their opposition to it.
Additionally, as IJR Red noted, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced legislation last week to fix our national immigration laws, saying that unlawful migrants will “keep coming because they want to get caught” regardless of physical barriers, “drones,” or the amount of border security officials at the border.