Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) admitted that he believes there is a crisis at the border, but he believes that President Donald Trump “caused” the massive influx of migrants.
As IJR previously reported, thousands of migrants have been entering the United States since the start of the year, overwhelming Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and forcing Border Patrol agents to release migrants into the United States.
Trump blamed Democrats for the continuous stream of migrants into the United States. He pointed to their refusal to fund a physical barrier and inaction on asylum laws as a few of the main reasons he thinks they are to blame.
Additionally, he noted that sanctuary cities could be part of the problem and promised to send migrants to those areas, placing the burden on their resources rather than those of ICE.
Those Illegal Immigrants who can no longer be legally held (Congress must fix the laws and loopholes) will be, subject to Homeland Security, given to Sanctuary Cities and States!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
While Trump clearly thinks Democrats are to blame, Ryan says it is actually the president’s fault. During an interview about his 2020 presidential bid with MSNBC, Ryan claimed Trump “caused” the migrant crisis because he was too “lazy” to learn about the problems in Central America.
Watch the video below:
“It is [a crisis], and I think that the president has caused it, to be quite honest with you. He has failed to address the issues in Central America. Quite frankly, the president is lazy. He doesn’t read his presidential daily briefing. He ignored this problem. We want presidents to deal with the root of problems. Central America is a mess, and we are doing nothing to stabilize that region.”
While Ryan and Trump clearly have different beliefs on the role of foreign intervention in countries like Honduras, it is hard for him to say Trump has ignored the problem.
Trump has been focused on curbing illegal immigration since day one, vowing to build a wall when he announced his candidacy in 2015.
As far as addressing the issues in Central America, just as much of the blame should be placed on former President Barack Obama. Under his administration, young migrants from Central American countries greatly outpaced those from other countries, including Mexico. Honduras has had one of the highest murder rates in the world since 2010 — a problem that can’t be placed solely at Trump’s feet.
Still, Ryan claimed the president is at fault and he would do better.
“We can be both strong on border security — and I would say I’ll be stronger than President Trump is and a lot smarter than him,” he told MSNBC.
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