President Obama’s Wasted Texas Trip

(Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP)

(Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP)

Aaron Blake and Katie Zezima, of the Washington Post, wrote a couple of interesting pieces about the President’s visit to Texas this week and his announcement that he will not be visiting the U.S.-Mexico border, to get an up close look at the humanitarian crisis that is developing there.

The growing number of unaccompanied minors who are showing up at the border is a huge problem. President Obama obviously realizes this; after all, he just asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency border control funds. So why would he pass up on the opportunity to visit these towns and see how the crisis is effecting the people who live there and deal with it every day? At the very least, his presence and the ensuing stories and photos would draw more attention to the issue, help educate the general public (many of whom are still unaware of what the problem is) and maybe even bring in a little financial help to the local churches and charities who are helping to feed and clothe the women and children waiting for their deportation hearings.

President Obama, however, has made it very clear that he won’t be visiting the border and that he already knows everything he needs to about the situation there. So after some fundraisers for the Democratic party and a few speeches, he will head back to DC. Those living in the towns on the border and those waiting in limbo for their deportation hearings will just have to figure things out on their own. But hey, at least a few people got free bbq…

For Aaron Blake’s full story, click here. For Katie Zezima’s full story, click here.

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