The Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security went on “Fox News Sunday” this morning and told host Brit Hume that many of the teenagers he saw at the United States-Mexican border facilities looked like a “threat.”
Representative Michael McCaul (TX) said that “it’s very heart-wrenching as a father to see that — mothers with their babies.” He then added, “I also saw some 17-year-olds that I thought looked more like a threat.”
McCaul acknowledged that these teenagers were “caught in the middle, between [administration] policy and what the drug traffickers are doing in Central America. They have this dangerous, perilous journey through Mexico, where they are exploited, abused, raped, and in some cases don’t even make it all.”
Hume asked McCaul, “How likely will it be that we have some action taken on this issue?”
“I think we have to act soon,” McCaul replied. “It’s a crisis at hand that demands action. It’s a tragic human crisis at the border, none like I’ve ever seen.”
“What do you think the chances are?” Hume asked.
“I think they’re pretty good. If we can have a targeted appropriations bill,” McCaul added. “Only 4 percent of the president’s supplemental budget deals with border security. We think more should be allocated towards that.”
When Hume asked whether Republicans would allocate money to deal with the children who have already crossed the border, McCaul spoke generally about “dealing with it in a humane and compassionate way, but I’m not in favor of building large warehouses in the United States to warehouse these kids.”
“It’s about deterrence, about security, and about dealing with these children in a humane and compassionate way — to send them home,” he concluded.
Watch Rep. Michael McCaul on “Fox News Sunday” below.
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