Knoxville — Congressman Dave Loebsack said Wednesday night that he does not know much more about the crisis at the United States' southern border than anyone else who reads the news. He does believe that the immigration system is broken and is eager to work with his colleagues on trying to find a resolution.
Loebsack believes the House of Representatives should have passed the immigration bill the Senate approved last year. He added that if the majority of the House still does not approve of that bill, he is willing to work on a more passable bill.
Various news outlets have been reporting on the thousands of children, with and without adult family members, from Central America who have illegally crossed into the United States, seeking refuge. Some believe the surge is due to President Obama's refusal to deport illegal immigrant. Others believe it is due to the violence in the immigrants' home countries.
Many are being housed in facilities - closed off from the public - awaiting process. Others are being transported to different locations in America. It has been reported that 70 percent of America's Border Patrol agents are occupied with aiding the illegal immigrants already here, thus leaving the border more vulnerable.
When asked whether or not the military should be deployed to the border, to defend and assist, Loebsack said he does believe that there is a role for the National Guard to play in this situation. Guard members should be sent in to assist Border Patrol agents. Loebsack hopes that a "serious look" will be taken at that possibility.
As for immigration reform overall, Loebsack said he has heard from businesses that want reform. Loebsack said he supports reforms for immigration and visas, but does not support any action that might displace American workers.
He is eager to learn more about the border situation from his colleagues who are in the area and have witnessed what is going on.