- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Maryland Democrat said her advice to President Obama would be that he should visit the Texas border Wednesday during his visit to the Lone Star State to get a first-hand look at the response to the children from Central American countries that are trying to cross into the country illegally.

Rep. Donna F. Edwards told USA Today that she respects Mr. Obama’s decision, but said she is “much more of a hands-on person” and that for her a border visit would give her a better sense of how to respond to the problem.

“People do things differently. I think if I were advising him, I’d advise him to go to the border,” Mrs. Edwards said.

The White House announced this week that Mr. Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry plan to meet Wednesday in Dallas on the immigration crisis.

The announcement came after Mr. Perry, a Republican and possible 2016 presidential contender, ratcheted up the pressure on Mr. Obama to make a stop at the border during his fundraising trip to Texas.

Mrs. Edwards cut Mr. Obama some slack for not going to the border.

“He’s calling on Congress to do something about it,” she said. “And all the visiting of the border in the world isn’t going to change the fact that Congress hasn’t done anything yet, and that is at the feet and the hands of [House Speaker] John Boehner, of the Republican Party that refuses to bring immigration reform to the floor for a vote. It would pass.”

Mrs. Edwards also said Congress needs to do more than solely revise a 2008 law that easily passed Congress and provided special treatment for these unaccompanied children.

“We need a comprehensive immigration reform bill that addresses our border security, addresses how people can move on a pathway to gain citizenship and then all the people who remain here within our borders,” she said. “Unless and until we have that comprehensive solution, nitpicking to deal with a short-term crisis isn’t going to solve the problem.”

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