(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) House Speaker John Boehner called on President Obama to send the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to help push back a surge of illegal immigrants -- many of them children -- from Central America.
“Our country is facing a national security and humanitarian crisis along our southern border,” the Ohio Republican said in a letter Friday to the president. “Thousands of children and families are pouring across our borders, overwhelming our resources and endangering those most vulnerable to exploitation.”
Boehner said the National Guard is "uniquely qualified" to respond to such a crisis because it's "able to help deal with both the needs of these children and families as well as relieve the Border Patrol to focus on their primary duty of securing our border."
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