Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WATCH: Rep. Barber On Fox News: Administration Made "Two Big Mistakes", But Now Let's Fix The Problem; Interviewer Hasselbeck Calls It "Refreshing"

Arizona Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2) was interviewed on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program this morning about the ongoing crisis of unaccompanied migrant children entering the U.S.  Barber acknowledged that the Obama Administration made "two big mistakes" in dealing with the issue, but said that he is supporting the bipartisan and bicameral bill by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) to address part of the problem.

Fox News host Elizabeth Hasselbeck seemed excited to have a Democratic lawmaker on who might criticize fellow Democrats.  The chyron caption underneath labeled Barber a "Party Crasher", and she tried repeatedly to get Barber to denounce President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Reid.  Barber did not take the bait, but did say that the border is not secure until people living in his district  along the U.S.-Mexico border feel safer.  Nevertheless, Hasselbeck proclaimed it "refreshing", and Barber replied "Very good. Nice to meet you."

And, the two mistakes that the Administration made were in not better anticipating this issue "as far back as January", and in not better communicating with local officials in areas where the children were being sent (for processing).

A copy of the HUMANE Act introduced by Cornyn and Cuellar is posted below the Barber interview.

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