House Democrats are starting to worry that the crisis of unaccompanied children coming to the border will turn President Obama’s planned executive orders pertaining to immigration into a political liability heading into the midterm elections, according to one of the leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
“You can sense already, even among my Democratic colleagues, a kind of — ‘this issue is a little too complicated, too risky, let’s go small,’” Representative Raúl Grijalva (D., Ariz.) said on C-SPAN’s Newsmakers. “Politically, they’re tied together and the children at the border and his executive orders are going to get tied together.”
Grijalva said that the United States needs to invest in Central American countries to mitigate the desire by Central Americans to leave their homes.
“Nation-building is such an open concept, but I think real investment in the development of those countries, real investment by the [United Nations] and a third party in a judicial system that works and a security system that isn’t bought out — those are long term issues, but those are the root causes,” he said.