Fewer Immigrant Children Crossing the Border

- AMARILLO -- The number of unaccompanied children crossing the border into the U.S. is down.

    According to Homeland Security, the 5,500 immigrant children who came across in July is the lowest amount since February.
    That's nearly half the estimated 10,000 who crossed in May and again in June.
    Despite the lower numbers, panhandle congressman Mac Thornberry says that's too much and more needs to be done to reduce the flow.

    Congressman Thornberry went to the border last week to get a first-hand look at the crisis.

    He confirms the number of unaccompanied minors from Central America has dropped significantly, but, it's obvious what the problem is.

    "You know what's really clear to me from being at the border last week is that we are out manned and we don't have near the technology we need to help to even know what's happening at the border, much less to prevent illegal crossings."  said Republican Representative Mac Thornberry.

    Governor Perry this week met with Texas National Guard troops training to work the border.

    The governor is sending in 1,000 troops to help deter illegal activity.

    Governor Rick Perry said, "Your message and your mission is very clear.  To be that visible presence.  To deter the criminal activity.  To contribute those additional eyes and ears to assist law enforcement and border patrol agents along the border."

    Congressman Thornberry agrees with using troops and DPS troopers as additional enforcement But, he concedes it won't fix the problem.

    Thornberry said, "There is no magic answer.  No silver bullet.  If we just build a fence, it's going to solve the problem.  No. It's going to be a combination of physical barriers, of technology, of people and enforcing the law that helps us get control of our border.   We'll never have 100%, but we can do a lot better than we're doing now."

    Thornberry accuses president Obama of failing to lead on this and other issues.

    But, congress hasn't done much either.  The house and senate both passed different immigration bills.  But each chamber refuses to bring the opposing bills up for a vote.
    Congressman Thornberry says if the senate bill were to come up for a vote in the house he would vote against it.

    He says it offers a pathway to citizenship which is something we've tried in the past.

    Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is demanding that two house immigration bills that have passed be brought-up for a vote of the full senate.