The bill President Barack Obama has asked Congress to pass granting $3.7 billion
to put toward the immigration crisis includes some of what Republicans say they want and that's why they should support it, says Newsmax Media Inc. CEO Christopher Ruddy.
"I'm not endorsing everything about the bill, but basically the premise is a really good one," Ruddy said on Newsmax TV
's "America's Forum" Tuesday.
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Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar, both from Texas, have co-sponsored a bill that would speed up
the removal of the immigrant minors from Central America who have come across the border in recent months.
"They're trying to push for the allowance of the administration to massively deport these children back to the countries and the families from whence they came," Ruddy said.
"That is the Obama bill," he said. "Obama is pushing for that in his bill. He does want to deport these folks."
However, Ruddy says "the price tag, almost $4 billion, is excessive and, I say in my article [on Newsmax.com]
, Congress needs to cut that down."
Obama's bill also includes "$400 million . . . for new border agents, new judges, and speeding up the deportations," he said.
In addition, Obama also "wants to change that William Wilberforce human trafficking law
so that children don't have an exemption," Ruddy added.
"That is really good," he said. "The Republicans should pat him on the back for that."
However, Ruddy said that Republicans "need to focus that bill more on border security," adding that he thinks "it's a positive step."
According to Ruddy, the measure proposed by Cornyn and Cuellar is actually "more limited in scope than what Obama is doing."
Ruddy said that one of the problems Republicans face is that "they've been in a constant state of opposing Obama, criticizing Obama."
"If the Republican Party wants to be a majority party again — and it's a minority party, it's a minority party in the government, it's a minority party in the polls, which shows that it's almost a third party in the United States, independents almost beat them in the national polls now — they need to offer more positive solutions," he said.
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