(WASHINGTON) — Addressing the influx of thousands of children crossing into America from Central America, Sen. John McCain said the best solution is to send them back where they came from.
Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, McCain criticized President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to find temporary shelter for the undocumented immigrants while facilitating deportations.
Arguing that he and fellow Republicans won’t approve the funds, the Arizona lawmaker maintained, “The best way to do that is to send planeloads of people…to their country of origin.”
McCain acknowledged that although the situation is “terrible and tragic,” the U.S. cannot allow unaccompanied children to remain in this country.
What the Obama administration should be looking into doing, according to the senator, is changing trafficking laws to show “that if you come to this country illegally, you will be sent back.”
In the long term, McCain said the White House needs to learn more about the living conditions in Central America that compel parents to send their children to the U.S. under the mistaken impression that they can live here without repercussions.
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