Transcript for Rep. Bob Goodlatte: No Impeachment for Obama
What to do with all these children? The big question now. And Pierre Thomas talked to attorney general holder. Who responded to charges he's not enforcing immigration laws. Yes, the immigration laws are being enforced. We're facing an extraordinary situation. Thousands of young people are fleeing central America for economic reasons, to get away from endemic violence in their countries. The president has put together a proposal to congress asking for almost $4 billion. We're surging immigration judges to the border to process these people. Reporter: Can you see where the critics are coming from when you see buses of people being brought inland after they came here illegally? Let me say this. Our immigration laws are broken. It's why we need comprehensive immigration reform. Reporter: On the other side, critics of the administration say you have deported way too many people. The aclu filed a lawsuit. Talking about the that fact that these children are not getting due process. We're going to get criticism. But weir going to follow the law. Let's get more from the republican chairman of the house judiciary committee, congressman Robert Goodlatte. The attorney general insists the laws are being enforced. You called the ask for emergency assistance a slap in the face to American taxpayers. Is the house prepared to do any emergency funding? Yes, we should do targeted appropriations where it's needed. There is an awful lot that the president can do right now without any action on the part of the congress. He should make it very clear that people who enter the united States illegally are going to be sent home. He's done that, hasn't he? Secondly, he should not only go to -- what's that? That's he doesn't that? If you watched his interview from his press conference from Texas last week, you would be hard-pressed to get that message that this president is going to send people home who enter the United States illegally. Secondly, if he would not only go to the border but continue south and go to Mexico City and meet with the Mexican government. After all, if these children are fleeing a bad situation in their home country, as soon as they arrive in Mexico, they have escaped that situation. So, what is the responsibility of the Mexican government here? First of all, they should be securing their southern border with Guatemala. But in addition, they should be working with the United States. The president should insist they do that. And do the same thing with the central American countries. This matter could be addressed if the president exercises leadership and stop not enforcing the law. He doesn't enforce the law. He uses the concept of prosecutorial discretion to apply to hundreds of thousands of people right now. He's releasing criminal aliens back on to the streets. That have been detained, rather than making sure they get sent back to their home toncountries. You're calling for the president to do that. If he does all that are you prepared to pass the funding and can a compromise be reached? I would pass emergency funding targeted for what is necessary. But most of the money the president is asking for is to continue the process of further transporting these children and adults, by the way, further into the United States. And that, I think, is what the American people don't like to see. They know that is not deterrence. That will result in more people coming to the country. The projection for next year is 150,000 unaccompanied minors. It's expected to be 90,000 for the rest of the year. One of the other things you see coming out of this are more and more calls for the americpresident to be impeached. Sarah Palin most prominently. Any articles of impeachment would be drawn up by your committee. Is this something you're considering? Or do you agree with speaker Boehner saying it's off the table? We're not working on articles of impeachment. The constitution is very clear. As to what constitutes grounds for impeachment of the president of the United States. The president of the united States has not violated that. The president is not enforcing the law. There's a wide away of issues not just immigration, where we believe that. And that's why the speaker, and many of news the congress, are get LG ring ready to take legal action to stand up for the people's right, for their elected representatives to be the part of the government to pass the laws, not a president with his pen and cell phone. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Lots to talk to "The roundtable" about.
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