McCain calls for strong stand on child immigration crisis

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arizona Senator John McCain is calling on President Obama to take a stronger stand in the crisis involving undocumented immigrant children crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.

Thousands of children are fleeing poverty and violence in Central America to come to the United States.

Approximately 52,000 have  been caught coming in from Mexico since October and they are filling makeshift processing centers at the Nogales border and in other states.

McCain said the president should confront the problem head-on.

"Shouldn't the president of the United States do as the secretary of Homeland Security did yesterday and said, `You cannot enter our country even if you show up, or you cannot stay in our country. You cannot stay in our country if you show up on the border, but you can apply for humanitarian asylum in the United States of America,'" McCain said.

Republicans blame the crisis on the administrations deferred deportation policy for some young illegal immigrants.

The White House points the finger at house Republicans for refusing to take up an immigration reform package the Senate passed one year ago.

That bill would add 20,000 border agents, give more money for border security and make any person or child sneaking across the border now ineligible to stay.

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