(NBC News) One day after he declared immigration reform dead, President Obama ran into the realities of trying to fix, on his own, a system flooded by the new wave of children arriving at the U.S. Mexico border.
Every day, more come. On Tuesday children from Central America, some with adults, arrived in San Diego. They had journeyed across Mexico to the border near McAllen, Texas, told they’d get easy access to the United States and a new life.
Instead they will go to ever-more overcrowed detention centers.
President Obama is asking congress for $2 billion for more immigration judges, more detention facilities and an okay for more deportations, but he says anything he does using executive orders won’t be enough to fix the broken immigration system that House Republicans refuse to address.