Rep. Bachmann visits U.S.-Mexico border

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., went to the source of the problem at the U.S. border for a first-hand look at children continuing to flood into the country illegally.

On Twitter, she posted pictures from Brownsville and McAllen, Texas where she visited packed intake centers and shelters filled with hundreds of illegal immigrants caught crossing the border.

We spoke with her on the phone part way through her trip.

"Later today, we will go out actually to the border and perhaps see it live for ourselves, people coming across the border," said Bachmann.

Bachmann's approach to solving this crisis, build a border fence and speed up the deportation process for all illegal immigrants.

"If you come here, no matter what your age, you will be going back to your country of origin," she said.

It's a harsh contrast to Democrats like Rep. Keith Ellison who said, "The situation on the southern border is a humanitarian crisis and it requires a humanitarian response ... I know that Minnesotans will come together as a community to support these children."

It's estimated that more than 30,000 children have crossed the border illegally this year, mostly coming from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. But according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, only 173 of those children have been placed temporarily in Minnesota.

So why is Bachmann tackling this issue?

"The people that are coming into Texas aren't staying in Texas. They are being dispersed all across the country, and it comes with an obvious cost to the taxpayers of Minnesota, but it also has very real health risks," she said.

On Friday, President Barack Obama told Central American leaders that not many of the children would qualify for relief or refugee status, meaning they will likely be deported.

Bachmann says that's not true.

"Most of these kids are staying here, very few if any are going back," she said.

With Congress ready to recess in August, Bachmann says she's confident the House will be able to pass legislation that could help this crisis, but she lacks confidence the Senate will do the same.

Bachmann said the trip has nothing to do with a possible run for president in 2016.

"I have no intention of running in 2016," she said. "That's not my plan."


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