All 24 Republican members of the Texas Congressional delegation...22 Members of the House and both U.S. Senators, have signed a letter to President Obama asking him to enforce existing law on immigration, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.
U.S. Rep Lamar Smith (R-Tx) who wrote the letter, says the President could end the current influx of unaccompanied Central American immigrants in a heartbeat.
"The President has it in his power right now, if he were to enforce current immigration laws, to stop this surge coming across the border," Smith said.
Smith said the letter questions whether Obama's 2012 'Delayed Action' plan, which allowed children who came into the U.S. with their illegal immigrant parents, to remain in the U.S. for two years, helped fuel the current rush of unaccompanied minors.
"The way the President is acting, it is just going to encourage more illegal immigration, because he doesn't enforce the current immigration laws as they stand right now," Smith said.
The White House says the Delayed Action program only applies to minors who arrived in the U.S. with their adult parents before 2007, so has nothing to do with the current influx of minor immigrants, many of whom are arriving without family members.
The President is asking for major new laws, including 'immigration reform,' saying that will solve the influx of Central American immigrants. Smith says the problem could be solved simply by enforcing laws currently on the books, and no further action from Congress is needed.