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Obama Addresses Border Crisis: ‘Is Congress Prepared to Act?’

President Obama spoke earlier tonight on immigration and the current border crisis, and he repeatedly emphasized the importance of Congress to act on immigration reform before this gets worse. He said it’s important to give the young, undocumented children coming to the border the “care and compassion they deserve while they’re in our custody.”

Obama warned parents in Central America not to put their children in harm’s way by sending them to the U.S. border. He bemoaned how “Congress has the capacity to work with us” but the House has failed to sign off on a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would actually solve the problem.

The president also relayed his conversation with Governor Rick Perry, and Obama said listening to the Texas governor, he found no proposed policy that he has a philosophical difference with, and said that there’s really no major disagreement on how to get immigration reform done, the question is, “Is Congress prepared to act to put the resources in place to get this done?”

Watch the video below, via CNN:

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