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Murkowski visits Texas border town to assess immigration problem

By Emily Carlson 10:39 PM July 18, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Alaska’s senior senator says there’s not enough people advocating for the thousands of Central American kids illegally pouring across the U.S. border.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski toured the border town of McAllen, Texas, this week and said she’s unconvinced the Obama administration is doing enough to resolve the situation. The issue is complex, she said, and called for a balance between the children’s safety and our country’s immigration laws.

Murkowski has suggested several approaches, including fixing the source of the problem — why parents are so scared that they risk the lives of their kids to send them by themselves to the U.S.

“We need to make sure these unaccompanied kids are treated with dignity and compassion, but in a fairness and in a way that there is a respect for the laws of this country,” Murkowski said.

So far this year, more than 40,000 children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were caught crossing the border. President Obama requested $3.7 billion in funding to better care for the kids in overcrowded facilities and tighten security, as well as hire dozens of judges and prosecutors.

Murkowski, who was joined by other lawmakers, visited a border patrol station and received a situational briefing at Lackland Air Force Base, which is where children are being housed.

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