Dem Rep. to MSNBC’s Alex Wagner: Obama Should Visit the Border

Criticism of President Barack Obama’s response to the border crisis from members of his own party continued on Monday as Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) told MSNBC’s Alex Wagner that the president should visit the U.S.-Mexico border during a planned trip to Texas this week.

Grijalva, whose father immigrated to the United States from Mexico, said “the borderlands deserve a presidential visit.” He added, “I think a visit by the president is reaffirming that the borderlands along the southwest border are vital and important to this nation. So I think a visit would be important and very symbolic.”

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On suggestions that the Obama administration is preparing to deport large numbers of children to immigrated to this country on their own, Grijalva said that would not be a good idea. Citing the 2008 law that protects children from specific countries from repatriation without a hearing from a judge, he said it was “created because of a humanitarian crisis, that crisis continues, and to lessen it, get rid of it, expedite it — deportations is not the answer to me.”

On Sunday, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) told CNN’s State of the Union host Candy Crowley that the Obama administration “should have seen this coming a long time ago.”

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