Border Crisis Continues; Congress On 5-Week Vacation

Sharyl Attkisson Reporting

It's no secret that Congress is just not very popular these days.

Part of the problem might be because people just don't think lawmakers are doing much.

A new poll found that 75% of people think Congress is unproductive and 50% think it's very unproductive.

Congress won't be back until September and even then, they will only work ten days, and then be off for the fall election season.

They also left without reaching an agreement on how much money to spend or what to do about that costly immigration crisis.

KMPH Fox 26 News independent investigative contributor, Sharyl Atkisson, takes a look at the facts and figures left behind in Washington.

A system handling just 6,000 illegal immigrant minors a decade ago is now flooded with more than 57,000 since last October, most from Central America.President Obama wants $3.7 billion in emergency funds for the final two months of this fiscal year: $1.8 billion of that to feed and house the minors and $1.2 billion for processing.Marc Rosenblum is with the nonpartisan think tank Migration Policy Institute. "Quite literally, where does the money come from? We don't have extra money in the treasury," said Rosenblum. "Congress can spend money that it doesn't have. We run a deficit in many years."But Congress isn't even close to agreeing on how much extra money to provide.Republican Congressman Randy Weber says money should first come from the countries whose citizens are fleeing in droves. The President won't use what he has now to enforce the law. So we want to give him more to whatnot enforce the law more?" said Congressman Weber. "We're gonna stop your foreign aid and you're gonna pay for that until you start helping us stem the tide."So is the remedy no extra money?Congressman Weber said, "The President has got the wherewithal, the authority, and has had the money to secure the border from day one. He refuses to do so."The Democrat-led Senate proposed $2.7 billion to cover the last two months of this fiscal year.The Republican-led House: $694 million.Of the total, Democrats would give Health and Human Services $1.2 billion more for housing and humanitarian assistance.Republicans: $197 million.Under Democrats, Homeland Security would get an extra $1.1 billion dollars.Republicans: $405 million.But the whole issue is so contentious, the Senate didn't even vote on its plan before Congress' five-week summer vacation.Meantime, the problemand the expensescontinue to build.Rosenblum says they're manageable. "The United States in terms of our population and in terms of GDP, we can handle taking care of 50,000 kids if, you know, that's what our hearts tell us to do.""When you grow a government bureaucracy, you've got a larger criminal justice system, more immigration lawyers, more immigration judges, more immigration courthouses, a bigger system," said Representative Weber.Even with emergency funds in limbo, the White House already announced $384 million in June for programs to help Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador--where most of the minors are said to be fleeing poverty and violence.Sharyl Attkisson{}is an independent contributor. Her extensive experience as an investigative reporter in Washington, D.C. will help us continue our focus on holding public officials accountable, no matter their political party. We will bring you more investigations from Sharyl each month.{}