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Congressman Bobby Scott

Representing the 3rd District of Virginia

Scott comments on surge of Central American children at U.S. southern border

July 8, 2014
In The News

RICHMOND – Hampton Roads' congressional leaders no more agree on how to respond to the surge of Central American children massing at the United States' southern border than they do on broader immigration reforms.

U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D-Newport News, said he wants to see the details of the president's plan before offering his support, including where the $3.7 billion would come from. But like Kaine and Warner, Scott focused on the situations these children, as well as adults, are running from.

He said there's "more push than pull" driving the exodus and called on Republican leaders in the House to bring the Senate's immigration reform package, which passed last year with bipartisan support, to the floor. If Republicans ignore pressure from the party's conservative Tea Party wing and work with Democrats, there are enough votes to pass the bill, Scott said.

"This isn't going to be the last time we have an immigration crisis," Scott said. "Without comprehensive immigration reform ... there are not going to be any good answers."

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