Senators Coats and Donnelly discuss immigration crisis

By: Stephanie Stang, Associated Press
By: Stephanie Stang, Associated Press

The countdown continues until Congress goes into summer session.

NewsCenter 16 caught up with both Indiana senators to talk about the on-going immigration crisis.

Both Senators Coats and Donnelly believe we must follow the law and safely return the children that dangerously cross the border every day.

A divided House of Representatives is moving forward on a bill to address the immigration crisis on the southern border after GOP leaders made concessions to win conservative support.

Republicans say they believe they will command the votes to prevail later Thursday on the legislation to send resources to the U.S.-Mexico border and speed the return of unaccompanied minors arriving here from Central America.

They also intend to advance a companion measure that would block President Barack Obama from expanding a program that offers relief from deportation to hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Senator Coats says, “We cannot, as a country, just keep open borders and accept everybody who wants to come across without some kind of legal process. We are a nation of immigrants. We've always been inviting people to come here on a legal basis, but what is happening down here on the Texas border is overwhelming the systems, the schools, the hospitals.”

Senator Donnelly says, “What we're trying to do is make sure we can handle the children as quickly as possible. We have a hearing. There were laws set up back when President Bush was president. So we have a hearing for them, they go through the hearing process, then in almost every case we return them home to their home country.”

The White House is denouncing an effort in the House to block President Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants who are in the country illegally.

House Republicans have scheduled a vote to prevent Obama from undertaking further deportation relief in an effort to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border.

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